What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injured and medical conditions.* Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
*this definition is approved by the NATA’s nomenclature work group and the NATA Board of Directors, January 2013.
Merrimack College’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program prepares candidates to meet the growing demand for athletic trainers in colleges, universities, youth leagues, rehabilitation clinics, and community and commercial settings. As a degree candidate, you’ll combine your passion for healthcare with the rewards of helping patients recover from injury and medical conditions/illness.
Often the first responders at the scene of sports injuries, athletic trainers play a vital role in recognizing and evaluating injuries, delivering first aid or emergency care, and developing and implementing rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. Our MSAT program will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on clinical education you need to provide these services in a wide range of settings based on your career goals. Evidence-based and built on a strong health sciences foundation, the curriculum is designed to deepen your understanding of the concepts that are essential for athletic training practice.
Critical to this program is the opportunity to put this coursework into action through intensive clinical training in the health care setting of your choice. When you complete our program, you’ll be eligible for national certification as an athletic trainer through the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) – and ready to begin your career as a health care provider immediately.