The primary goal of the Bachelor of Science program in Athletic Training is to prepare qualified entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC's) for service in schools, colleges, professional athletic organizations, sports medicine clinics, and a growing range of non-sports health care settings. Through a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experience, the program is designed to prepare students to assume immediate responsibility and future leadership in the prevention, emergency care management, and rehabilitation of various injuries and/or illnesses; in program organization and administration; and in the educational and counseling aspects of athletic training.
The program's philosophy and design also embody Dominican College's traditional emphasis on the value of a broad based liberal education. The 122-credit curriculum requires that all AT students satisfy General Education Curriculum (see page 32) and liberal arts requirements, primarily in the physical and social sciences, along with those in Athletic Training and the related Allied Health courses. Its explicit objectives stipulate that students will be taught and expected not only to understand "accepted professional standards and procedures" but also to assume responsibility for effective communications, a caring and understanding approach to their profession, and high ethical standards. Such expectations reflect Dominican's institution-wide mission to "promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community."
The Bachelor of Science program in Athletic Training has been reviewed and authorized by the New York State Education Department. The program holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of accredited programs are able to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).
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