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Augustana University on Friday outlined details for its new master’s of science degree program in athletic training.
University officials said the new program comes at a critical time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for athletic trainers is expected to grow by 22 percent through 2026.
Augustana’s athletic training master’s program will offer three tracks:
Classes for the new master’s program will begin in fall 2018. Applications are due by April 1. Apply at augie.edu/msat.
According to James Day, director of Augustana’s athletic training program, the demand for athletic trainers has never been greater.
“Between the national health care shortages to the nationwide fitness boom, athletic trainers are helping fill a vital link between patients and the medical system,” Day said.
Athletic trainers are primary care medical professionals who focus on the care of active patients, he said.
“From concussion assessment and management to decreasing the risk of arthritis following joint injuries, athletic trainers are in demand from high school athletics to professional sports and beyond.”
Traditional settings for certified athletic trainers are with college, high school and professional sports teams, Day said.
“Athletic trainers work in a variety of different ways with these organizations, but most commonly are associated with a team or several teams where they provide onsite health care during practices and events as well as diagnosis and rehabilitation for injuries and illnesses,” he said.
New and emerging pathways for athletic trainers include roles such as an intake specialist. Intake specialists can work at a physician’s office or in sectors such as the military, the performing arts or public safety to conduct initial evaluations and patient education.
“Many companies are seeing the value in hiring athletic trainers to work onsite as prevention and rehabilitation experts,” Day said. “In doing so, the company decreases the need for outside referrals and minimizes productivity losses.”
Augustana’s athletic training program is unique because of its curriculum, the clinical learning opportunities and its partnership with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Day said.
“Our curriculum is brand-new and is focused on putting knowledge into practice according to how athletic trainers perform their jobs,” he said. “With the focus on patient care, our courses are holistic in nature, allowing the student to experience the entirety of patient care in each class, thereby allowing for faster and easier application of classroom knowledge into clinical practice.”
Hands-on, clinical learning is the center of Augustana’s education model, Day said.
“At Augustana, we believe that students learn best when they don’t have to wonder why they need to know something or when they are going to use it. Our students are heavily involved in clinical experiential learning throughout their program, enabling them to build real-life context while applying their new skills on patients,” he said.
In addition to providing students with hands-on learning opportunities, Augustana’s partnership with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also offers AU students the chance to build valuable professional connections, paving the way for professional success after graduation, Day added.
“Sanford is a vast provider of sports medicine services throughout the region,” he said. “Our partnership with Sanford allows students to experience a variety of clinical settings — from providing care at sporting events hosted by Sanford, to viewing surgeries, to doing rehabilitation and reconditioning with athletes. The clinical experiences available right here in Sioux Falls are seemingly endless.”
Augustana University has outlined details for its new master’s of science degree program in athletic training.