Associate in Arts (635)
This program prepares students to transfer to a college or university to pursue an advanced degree in athletic training. Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution’s catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Individualized articulation sheets for some universities are available in the Student Services Center.
Work and Employment
Athletic trainers work for high schools, colleges, universities, professional athletic teams, the armed forces, sports medicine clinics, recreation clubs, resorts and camps. Athletic trainers make sure sport players are in the best physical condition and are able to withstand the rigors of competition. Trainers determine the physical condition of athletes and recommend exercises that will increase their strength and flexibility and then correct any weaknesses.
Admission to most Athletic Training programs is competitive and requires students to submit formal application to be considered for the program.To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. The current minimum entry point into the profession of athletic training is a Bachelor’s degree, however, it was recently decided by the AT Strategic Alliance that the minimum professional degree level will be a Master’s, a change to be implemented within the next few years. Once certified, athletic trainers must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work under the direction of a physician and within their state practice act. For more information, visit www.nata.org.
Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354.