University of La Verne Launches Master’s Degree Program in Athletic Training

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The University of La Verne will begin offering a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program, with classes beginning this summer.

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There has never been a better time to pursue this career, and the University of La Verne is proud to provide students a quality program to achieve their professional goals. - Dean Lawrence Potter

The University of La Verne will begin offering a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program, with classes beginning this summer.

The program will prepare students in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions for physically active people.

“Jobs in athletic training are projected to rise by 23 percent through 2026,” said Lawrence Potter, dean of the University of La Verne’s College of Arts and Sciences. “There has never been a better time to pursue this career, and the University of La Verne is proud to provide students a quality program to achieve their professional goals.”

Beginning in 2022, athletic trainers will be required to have a master’s degree in athletic training to qualify for board certification. Currently, only a bachelor’s degree is required, but students completing the undergraduate program in 2022 will be able to apply for the Board of Certification examination.

The University of La Verne’s master’s program will produce athletic trainers whose work will be informed by critical thinking, as well as existing research and practice. Students will be encouraged to assume leadership roles in their careers.

“A strong area of emphasis embedded throughout the curriculum is evidence-based practice,” said Margo Greicar, assistant professor of kinesiology. “Our goal is to consistently integrate research and current clinical practices throughout the program, affording our students the opportunity to develop into professionals capable of best practices in athletic training.”

Coursework covers areas such as injury treatment, therapeutic exercise, sports nutrition, and leadership practices.

The master’s program aligns with the university’s bachelor’s program, which takes a theory-to-practice approach to teaching and has had a high success rate of students passing the Board of Certification exam. Professor of Kinesiology Marilyn Oliver said graduates of the program have seen success both in job and graduate school placement.

“We have the greatest expectation and confidence that our new athletic training master’s degree program will build upon that reputation and will graduate the next generation of successful and highly sought after certified athletic trainers,” she said.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is currently pending approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Information: https://sites.laverne.edu/kinesiology/msat/. Contact Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Margo Greicar, mgreicar(at)laverne(dot)edu or 909-448-1583; or Graduate Admissions Coordinator Barbara Cox, bcox(at)laverne(dot)edu or 909-448-4004.

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