|SOUTHEASTERN OFFERS BACHELOR DEGREE IN ATHLETIC
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University is now offering a bachelor of science degree in athletic training,
the only such program in the state.
The university’s Department of
Kinesiology and Health Studies began offering courses in the new degree
program this fall. Previously, Southeastern offered a concentration in
athletic training within its undergraduate kinesiology degree program.
To earn the new degree, students
must take 127-128 hours of course work, including 52 hours of athletic
training courses, 20 hours of kinesiology and health studies courses, as
well as a course in nutrition and pharmacology. The curriculum, along with
successfully passing the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board
of Certification, Inc. (NATABOC) examination, will prepare students for
entry level jobs in athletic training.
“A key component of our academic
program is the clinical rotations with the community that are taken as
core requirements to become a certified athletic trainer,” said Karen Lew,
interim program director of Athletic Training Education. “Students will
receive four semesters of practical hands-on clinical experiences working
under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC).”
The first two semesters of clinical
rotations involve working with Southeastern’s athletes. The third semester
rotation incorporates experiences with football programs either at Southeastern
or with schools such as Southwest Mississippi Community College, Covington
High School, St. Amant High School, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School
in Hammond. During the final semester, students complete a rotation in
a medical clinic under the direct supervision of a physician, nurse practitioner
or a physician’s assistant.
Lew said the university is seeking
accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP completed a site visit to Southeastern last April.
"The site visit was extremely
positive," said Lew. "We are waiting to see if we will be accredited by
CAAHEP this fall. If so, we will be the only such program in the state
to achieve such a status.”
“This accreditation will allow
Southeastern to provide the only athletic training academic program in
Louisiana that guarantees students will be able to qualify to take the
NATABOC certification exam after completing their degree program,” said
John Crain, Southeastern provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Graduates of athletic training
can expect to enter the workforce as integral members of the athletic health
care teams in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine
clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic health care settings.
They will work in conjunction with physicians and other allied health personnel.
Students interested in enrolling
in the new degree program can contact Lew at 985-549-2350 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More information on the Athletic Training degree program can be found online