Athletic Training

Athletic Training


What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic health care settings.

Find more information on the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA).

What is CAATE?

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) grants accreditation to programs for the Athletic Trainer.

Find more information on the CAATE.

What is the BOC?

The Board of Certification or BOC is the national certifying agency for athletic trainers. Originally it was part of the NATA however it has been independent from the NATA for many years.

For more information on the BOC, click here

What are the NYS requirements for Athletic Trainers?

Athletic trainers must be certified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The certification committee has representation from the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association. (NYSATA)

Find out more about the NYSATA and state certification here.

Can I be an athlete and complete the program?

Due to the time demands of a Division I athletic program, you will need to have excellent time management skills. Individual sports such as cross-country do not have the same difficulty as team sports. The program does not allow two semester sports of Hockey, and men and women's basketball to enroll in the program as clinical experiences cannot be completed. Due to schedule demands, baseball athletes are also discouraged from applying to the major.

What does the term Sports Medicine mean?

Sports medicine is a hybrid name that incorporates many disciplines under the umbrella term. Some of the disciplines include athletic training, family medicine, pediatric medicine, orthopedic medicine, nutrition, chiropractic, strength and conditioning, podiatry, sports psychology, exercise physiology, and physical therapy. As a result you will see many of the disciplines advertise "Sports Medicine" as a part of their practice.

I’m a transfer student. Why will it take three years to complete the program?

The program uses a competitive admission process. During the first year, pre-professional courses are completed along with the first clinical practicum. (ATH 132) At the end of the spring semester, admission into the professional phase is completed. This is a two-year requirement so that the student will complete five clinical rotations and an off-campus internship. Thus one-year for admission, and a two-year clinical component is required.

As a transfer student, will I be required to complete summer courses?

Most transfer students complete their internship in the summer session. This is determined in conjunction with their academic advisor. Other summer session needs would be determined by the number of courses that were previously transferred and those courses that remain for completion of the degree.

I already have a degree from another school; do I also have to graduate from Canisius?

Yes. Accreditation Standards require that students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program complete the major and degree at the institution which houses the Athletic Training Education Program.

Can I take classes at other institutions and transfer them to Canisius?

The registrar in conjunction with the associate dean of Education and Human Services and the Athletic Training Education Program Director determine the acceptance of transfer courses. This is normally done for College "Core Courses." Major courses are evaluated on an individual basis. Due to the competitive admission process, the required first year courses must be completed at Canisius. (BIO 107-108, ATH 170, ATH 132.) Gross anatomy or other comparable courses may be transferred for BIO 107-108. Once enrolled at Canisius, a student may take courses from another institution by following College policy and with approval of appropriate administrative personnel.

Are there courses in high school I should take to help me to be accepted into the program?

Certainly the sciences will assist you regardless of your career path. Specific to athletic training, health, first aid/CPR, anatomy, biology, and physics are courses that will directly relate to the major courses.

I am assisting our high school athletic trainer. Will this experience count toward my College clinical experience?

While these experiences are valuable, they do not qualify for any type of applied course credit. The experiences will assist you in gaining acceptance, as you will be more familiar with the profession and specific skills.

I am not totally sure of what an athletic trainer does. Is it possible to "shadow" at Canisius?

Yes. We have many students that observe classes and the clinical portion of the program. Contact the program director or use the "contact us" portion found at this site.

I may want to go on for either graduate school or medical school after graduation. How does the program prepare me to do this?

First, the program has several electives that allow you to minor or take desired pre-requisites for graduate or professional school. Substitute courses such as general chemistry and physics may also be substituted for the required courses or as electives.

Additional research opportunities with faculty are available for qualified students. The advantage of being clinically involved during the undergraduate experience provides an edge for admission to some programs.

How many NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports does Canisius College have?

Canisius College, at the start of the 2003-04 academic year, will have 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports including Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, and Men’s Golf.

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How is the Athletic Training Education Program affected without having an intercollegiate football team?

There is still a football experience. For many years the Canisius College Athletic Training Education Program has used off-campus sites to provide additional clinical experiences. We use local area high schools and colleges/universities for students to work with certified athletic trainers (Affiliated Program Sites with Approved Clinical Instructors). We have expanded this to meet the football experience so all students will attain this.

What are some benefits to off-campus experiences?

Offering off-campus experiences allows athletic training students an opportunity to experience various philosophies from other supervisors and also gain experiences in another environment. Within an off-campus setting, there will be fewer peers present and the hands on learning opportunities can be greater for the students. In addition, it can provide the students with another reference for employment. This mix as well as the "regular" experiences will continue to provide all of our students with the clinical opportunities we have always utilized. In essence, football is only one semester of the overall five semester clinical experiences and senior internship experience.

Will there be an equipment intensive experience at Canisius College?

Here at Canisius College, we also have equipment intensive sports in Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Lacrosse. All equipment fitting and removal within injury situations, including football equipment fitting and removal, will certainly continue to be instructed within the Athletic Training Education Program.