Concordia University Irvine is proud to offer an educational foundation for an exciting and rewarding career in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine with the Bachelor of Science Athletic Training degree (BSAT). A career as a certified athletic trainer offers a dynamic and rewarding working environment with exposure to a variety of athletic and allied health care settings. Certified Athletic Trainers interact daily with athletes, coaches, physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and other allied health care professionals in their daily involvement in the realm of sports medicine. This BSAT program offers a great opportunity for athletic training students to grow professionally in the medical, technical, and practical knowledge and psychomotor skills of the sports medicine industry. The National Athletic Trainer's Association defines a Certified Athletic Trainer as "a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians, and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic health care settings." The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program at Concordia University Irvine offers to its students an academic environment that fuses the elements of sports medicine, allied health care, the dynamics of intercollegiate athletics, with the holistic values and spiritual enlightenment of Christian higher education. The BSAT program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and consists of a three year, sequential, cohort education process that demands didactic achievement and clinical involvement as the athletic training student matriculates through the curriculum. All are welcome to apply for acceptance in the curriculum when they have completed the pre-requisites for admission. Upon completion, the student will be eligible for certification, credentialing, and licensure via the Board of Certification and state medical boards that require licensure for certified athletic trainers to meet the standards of state practice or title protection acts.
"A Certified Athletic Trainer is a person, who, upon advice, consent and oral or written prescription or referrals of a physician carries out the practice of prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, disposition, treatment, or rehabilitation of athletic injuries." - www.nata.org
A career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) offers a dynamic working environment with a variety of health care settings. Certified athletic trainers interact daily with patients, coaches, doctors, therapists and other medical professionals who are involved in the dynamic field of sports medicine. Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
Concordia University Irvine offers an outstanding entry level opportunity to those who wish to explore the possibilities of a career in Athletic Training and obtaining the ATC credential. This program offers a great opportunity to grow professionally in the medical, technical, and practical knowledge of the sports medicine industry. Concordia University Irvine’s Athletic Training Education Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Statement of Non-Discrimination
As a matter of policy, Concordia University Irvine admits students of any age, race, color, gender, and national and ethnic origin. Admitted students enjoy the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally offered to all Concordia students. Except to the extent that religious freedom exemptions under existing and future laws apply, Concordia University Irvine does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other protected class in administering admissions and educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
The ATC® credential and the BOC requirements are currently recognized by 49 states for eligibility and/or regulation of the practice of athletic trainers. The credibility of the BOC program and the ATC® credential it awards are supported by three pillars: (1) the BOC certification examination; (2) the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and Disciplinary Guidelines and Procedures; and (3) continuing competence (education) requirements. BOC certification is recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and is the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers. To be certified, an individual must demonstrate that he/she is an athletic trainer capable of performing the required duties without threat of harm to the public. The BOC traditionally conducts annual examination development meetings during which certified athletic trainers and recognized experts in the science of athletic training develop, review and validate examination items and problems. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent performance as an entry-level athletic trainer fall into three categories: 1. Understanding, applying, and analyzing, 2. Knowledge and decision-making, 3. Special performance abilities.
The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of the current knowledge, skills, and abilities, as determined by the Commission (currently the 5th Edition of the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies). The knowledge and skills identified in the Educational Competencies consist of 8 Content Areas:
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
- Healthcare Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibility
Using the guiding forces of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Board of Certification, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the moral, ethical, and spiritual foundations of Christian servant leadership, CUI makes an earnest commitment to prepare each athletic training student to become wise, honorable and cultivated, with guidance to academic, professional, and spiritual success in life.