Athletic Training

About the Program

Program Mission

Training professionals through competency-based didactic and clinical instruction. The program strives for academic excellence and aims to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become reflective health care practitioners, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in an evolving health care environment. Graduates will be able to apply athletic training theory, ethics, and evidence-based patient-centered clinical practice to diverse individuals throughout the lifespan.  Graduates will be dedicated to improving the health of their patients and advocating for their patients and the profession.

Core Values

  • Leadership
    The BSAT program is committed to the development of future leaders and advocates through an academic preparation that emphasizes the role of the Athletic Trainer in the community.
  • Collaboration
    The BSAT program is committed to providing students with inter-professional educational and clinical experiences to foster the professional relationships necessary to optimize patient care and outcomes.
  • Respect
    The BSAT program strives to instill cultural competence and respect for all people through an academic preparation that emphasizes the unique health care needs of diverse populations.
  • Innovation
    The BSAT program is committed to supporting the unique talents and interests of each student and faculty member as means to foster innovative teaching and learning practices, research, and ideas that forward the practice of Athletic Training.
  • Professionalism
    The BSAT program aims to develop students as health care professionals fully committed to the promotion of patient-centered care, the Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics, and their role as life-long learners.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Successfully prepare qualified athletic training scholarly-practitioners
  1. Provide a student-centered and academically challenging curricular content grounded in evidence-based theory and clinical skills that develop students as critical-thinkers and scholarly-practitioners in an environment that encourages, nurtures and supports learning.
  2. Provide diverse clinical education experiences with knowledgeable preceptors who encourage, nurture and support learning. Clinical education will occur in a variety of health care settings, with patients of diverse demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds, at varying levels of activity and throughout the lifespan. Clinical education will include inter-professional health care practice with preceptors who demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors, commitment to teaching, and advocate for their patients and the profession of Athletic Training.
  3. Prepare students as qualified Athletic Training practitioners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become reflective health care providers, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in an evolving health care environment.
  4. Develop students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected to effectively utilize outcome measures and patient-centered data to improve the quality of patient care and patient education.
Goal 2: Cultivate students as responsible and ethical researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in the field of Athletic Training. Encourage students to be active citizens and contributors to their local, national and global communities.
  1. Develop students as scholarly-practitioners through incremental opportunities to engage in research activities throughout the curriculum.
  2. Develop students as responsible and ethical educators, advocates and leaders through participation in local, national and global professional development opportunities, community education presentations, and Athletic Training awareness and advocacy campaigns.
Goal 3: Cultivate students as socially and ethically responsible Athletic Trainers who practice in a manner that is free of discrimination or prejudice, culturally competent, respectful of the contributions and dignity of others, and consistent with the expectations of the Athletic Training Program, University, the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
  1. Develop students as ethically responsible Athletic Trainers who practice in a manner consistent with the local, state and national laws, the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
  2. Develop students as respectful professionals who protect the dignity of their patients, peers and themselves, and promote a professional climate that is free from discrimination or prejudice.
Goal 4: Retain and graduate highly qualified and diverse students for participation in the Athletic Training Program. Recruit diverse faculty and preceptors to serve as Athletic Training educators, mentors and role-models.
  1. Retain and graduate highly qualified students.
  2. Recruit faculty and preceptors that are representative of the demographics of the student body with diverse academic preparations and clinical expertise.

Program Description

The Athletic Training Program is a 128 credit hour program that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. The ATP is accredited by the CAATE, signifying it meets the standards required to prepare students for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) Examination and a professional career as an Athletic Trainer. The most current BOC Exam Results and accreditation status for Hofstra University can be found at the CAATE website: http://www.caate.net/

The program has two main components, academic course work and clinical education. New students primarily engage in academic course work during the first 2 years of enrollment (Pre-athletic Training Phase). Once students are admitted to the program (Professional Athletic Training Phase), academic course work and clinical education are completed simultaneously. Entrance into the Professional Athletic Training Phase is competitive.

The academic component includes 64 liberal arts credits, 53 athletic training didactic course credits and 11 clinical/field experience credits. The clinical education component requires 850 hours (maximum of  1025 hours) of documented experience over a minimum of 2 years. Clinical rotations occur both on the Hofstra University campus and at off-campus locations, including other colleges, high schools, physical therapy clinics, medical offices or professional sport facilities. Through a variety of clinical educational experiences students will be able to best develop and apply acquired athletic training knowledge, abilities and skills. Exposure to various health care providers and patients enables students to understand and appreciate different approaches to health care and the needs of diverse physically active populations. Athletic training student learning objectives include the understanding of content knowledge in athletic training sub-disciplines and application of disciplinary content to prevention, management, and assessment of health care problems associated with physical activity. Students will demonstrate competent athletic training skills performance and application using evidence based practice and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in ways that demonstrate sensitivity to all.

Facilities

Students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program will have access to a variety of facilities here at Hofstra University and in the local area that will assist with the acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills needed to be a successful athletic trainer upon graduation.

On-Campus Facilities

  • A majority of Athletic Training major courses will take place in the Hofstra Dome. Along with classrooms that include SMART Board technology students will have access to the Athletic Training Education Lab and the Exercise Science Lab.
  • The Athletic Training Education Lab contains evaluation tables, current therapeutic modalities and other key equipment and supplies.
  • The Exercise Science Lab contains equipment necessary to assess VO2 max and other and other fitness assessments.
  • Students will also gain clinical experiences within Hofstra University Department of Athletics in their various clinical facilities. There are currently three facilities on campus: Margiotta Hall, the Physical Education Center, and the Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. For additional information about Hofstra Athletics, visit GoHofstra.com.

Off-Campus Facilities

A various times during your enrollment in the Athletic Training Program you may be required to gain clinical education experience at a local clinical affiliation. The sites could include other colleges, high schools, physical therapy clinics, medical offices and professional sports teams. Get more detailed information on our current clinical affiliations page.