The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Colorado Mesa University is to develop graduates who possess entry-level knowledge and skills in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries while emphasizing integrated learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professionalism. By effectively delivering a nationally accredited curriculum, graduates will be prepared to successfully pass the Board of Certification exam and become productive certified athletic trainers who foster excellence, either by entering the work force as an athletic trainer or continuing educational pursuits in seeking an advanced degree.
Preparing Medical Professionals
Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health care professionals, athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including: high school/college athletic programs, professional sport programs, outpatient physical therapy/sports medicine clinics, industrial/corporate settings, performing arts, and even the US military. The Athletic Training Program at Colorado Mesa University provides its students with a broad academic and clinical education in order to prepare them to succeed in each of these settings.
In addition, Colorado Mesa's program meets the academic requirements necessary to become registered as an athletic trainer in the State of Colorado once board certification is achieved. To earn a degree in athletic training, students are required to complete all major courses and approximately 20-25 hours of supervised clinical experience divided over five semesters prior to taking the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the Athletic Training Program at Colorado Mesa University. The program's next comprehensive review will take place in academic year 2017 - 2018. The program meets or exceeds all standards for accreditation and upon successful completion of the program a student is eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. examination.
The Athletic Training major is designed in accordance with the Board of Certification, the State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), and the CAATE.