Philadelphia University offers athletic training education as an expedited five-year B.S. / M.S. Health Sciences and Athletic Training program; and as an entry-level M.S. in Athletic Training graduate program. These programs are designed to help meet the growing demand for professional Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). The athletic training program is constructed to prepare highly motivated students with an interest in the medical field to sit for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination upon graduation.*
ATCs work with physically active individuals to help prevent injuries, offer advice about appropriate equipment, recognize and evaluate injuries, administer emergency treatment, and determine need for specialized medical care. ATCs are an integral part of the healthcare team and provide health care to individuals in the areas of injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation. The demand for ATC professionals is expected to grow significantly faster than the average occupation over the next 10 years in both traditional athletic settings, like high school, college, University, and professional-level sports; and non-traditional settings, like medical offices, emergency departments, industrial settings, and more.
Graduates will have the knowledge and practical, clinical and professional experience for various athletic training positions, or can use their skills as a stepping-stone to other medical fields.
On April 24, 2014, the NCAA passed legislation requiring Division 1 colleges and universities to employ strength and conditioning coaches who possess a nationally accredited strength and conditioning certification. PhilaU's Athletic Training program will provide you with the necessary knowledge and pre-requisites to be eligible to sit for any one of 4 certification examination by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
*PhilaU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017. Submission of the self‐study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.