Athletic Trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. They work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. They work under the direction of a physician, physical therapist, or other healthcare providers.
At DOAR & Affiliates, Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services to our patients, under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist. Our Athletic Trainers also provide athletic training services to community and school sports teams, as well as at special sporting events.
How to Become a Certified Athletic Trainer
To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), you must earn bachelors or masters degree from a CAATE-accredited program in athletic training. The length of a bachelors program in athletic training is typically 4 years. The length of a masters program is typically 1 to 2 years. After earning an athletic training degree, you must then pass the national certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC). Additionally, licensure and/or registration is required in most states to work as a Certified Athletic Trainer. You must also complete continuing education to maintain your licensure/certification.
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