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Athletic Training
209.946.2982
tkoesterer@pacific.edu
Thomas “TK” Koesterer, Ph.D., ATC
Program Director
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA
tkoesterer@pacific.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL:
What is an athletic trainer?
What can I expect to do as an athletic trainer?
What will I learn in the Athletic Training program?
When will the program start? 
What are the special features of your AT program?
How many hours per week can I gain clinical experience?
Where can I expect to gain clinical experience? 
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT? 
What is the average salary for athletic trainers?
What is the job outlook for athletic trainers?
What is the Board of Certification (BOC)?
What is the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)?  
What is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)?   
What is Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (ECCC)?  
How many students are accepted each year?  
When do classes start?
What should I get my bachelor's degree in if I want to apply to the TTUHSC Master of Athletic Training Program?
Do I have to take the GRE?
What is the typical schedule during a given semester? 

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What is an athletic trainer?
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who provide prevention, emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers work in collaboration with and under the direction of a physician. 

What can I expect to do as an athletic trainer?
·         Prevent injuries
·         Examine and clinically diagnosis injuries and illnesses
·         Care for injuries from ankle sprains to concussions
·         Rehabilitate injures such as muscle strains to ACL tears
·         Save lives

What will I learn in the Athletic Training program?
You will learn:
·         Structure and function of the human body
·         How to prevent, care for, and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses
·         Examination and clinical diagnosis through patient history, observation, palpation and special tests
·         Clinical practice through four semesters clinical experience working with athletes and patients under the supervision of an athletic trainer
·         How to prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination
·         Professional development and responsibility

When will the program start?
The MSAT program will start summer 2018. We are currently in the process of developing the ATCAS on-line application system. Once the application is complete, we will notify everyone in our database that the application is available.

What are the special features of your AT program?
·         Extensive hand-on clinical experience in a variety of settings
·         AT courses taught by practicing athletic trainers
·         Close contact with faculty in the classroom and clinical settings
·         Attend Athletic Training conferences
·         Annual Athletic Training Students' Award Banquet

How many hours per week can I gain clinical experience?
You can expect to gain 20 hours of clinical experience per week while be supervised by a certified athletic trainer for four semesters. We are working on developing a 3-4 week fulltime preseason experience, as well as an 8-week fulltime clinical experience. These experiences are in the process of receiving academic approval.

Where can I expect to gain clinical experience?
Current clinical sites include University of the Pacific's Athletic Training facility, Delta College and local high schools. We are working on develop additional clinical sites in the high school, community college, and industrial settings.

What does "seeking accreditation," mean?
All new athletic training programs start the accreditation process by registering with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which allows the new AT program to advertise and accept students into their program. Pacific will submit our Self-Study for accreditation by July 1, 2019, with an expected accreditation Site-Visit date in spring 2020. Site-Visits can only occur following the complete implementation of all course contenting AT knowledge, skills, and abilities. Therefore, our Site-Visit will be during the final semester (spring 2020) of the first class of student to progress through program, which is normal procedure for new AT programs. Once the AT program achieves "Active - in good standing" status with CAATE, students that graduate after the Site-Visit will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.  

What is the average salary for athletic trainers?
As of May 2016, the median annual wage for an Athletic Trainer was $45,630, and California the median annual wage was 49,020. For further information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

What is the job outlook for athletic trainers?
"Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster that the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase" (Job Outlook).

What is the Board of Certification (BOC)?
The BOC establishes both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC is the only accredited certification program for ATs in the United State. The BOC writes the national certification examination, recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement, and oversees public protections.  

What is the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)?
The NATA is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. NATA member can accomplish more for the athletic trainer profession than they can individually. NATA focuses on professional development and advocacy.

What is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)?
CAATE accredits Athletic Training Education programs and focuses on quality education.        

What is Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (ECCC)?
Emergency Cardiac Care must include the following: adult & pediatric CPR, airway obstruction, 2nd rescuer CPR, AED and barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask). Examples of courses that provide the above certifications are: Professional Rescuer + AED by the American Red Cross or BLS Healthcare Provider CPR + AED by the American Heart Association. Providers are those adhering to the standards of the International Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care.  

How many students are accepted each year?
Currently we accept 28 students each year.  

When do classes start?
New student orientation is the Tuesday after Memorial Day each year. Classes begin the next day. New students enter the MAT program only during the summer.    

What should I get my bachelor's degree in if I want to apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program?
As long as you meet the prerequisite coursework, your degree can be in anything. We strongly suggest you consider obtaining your teaching credential as most of the high school athletic training positions require a teaching credential. Other common choices are kinesiology, biology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.    

Do I have to take the GRE? 
GRE scores are not required for application or admission to the MAT program    

What is the typical schedule during a given semester?
Typically, students attend classes in the morning and spend the afternoons at their assigned Clinical Experiences. The time commitment and schedule for clinical experiences will vary depending on the site and clinical instructor assigned to the student in a given semester. 

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