What do athletic trainers do?
Most graduates of the program will continue to a four-year college or university to get a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a major in athletic training. Also, almost 70 percent of athletic trainers have a master’s degree or higher. It is also a myth that athletic trainers only work for sports teams—athletic trainers can be found employed at hospitals, rehab centers and most other healthcare facilities.
What advice should I follow for enrollment?
Students who enter the program must have good social and communication skills. The successful athletic trainer is a person who is a sharp thinker and someone who can deal with difficult situations and the stress that comes along with it. It’s also extremely important that a prospective trainer has a strong desire to help people.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Two years (four semesters). Students completing the two-year curriculum will receive an Associate of Science degree with emphasis in athletic training, preparing them to continue toward a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a major in athletic training.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, because of their role in preventing injuries and reducing healthcare costs.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
Median annual wages for athletic trainers were $39,640 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,070 and $49,250. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,450, while the top 10 percent earned more than $60,960. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
How do I qualify for the program and what are the student expectations?
Interested students must complete application requirements for Kilgore College and Athletic Training Curriculum and interview with Athletic Training Student Interview Committee.
If accepted into the program, students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), attend clinical rotations as assigned and be an ambassador for KC Athletics.
Will I get clinical and field experience?
Yes. All athletic training classes and clinical hours will be directly supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and will cover the Athletic Training Educational Competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
Athletic Training students will gain experience through working with our highly competitive athletes, dancers and other physically active individuals in various settings, both on and off-campus.
Are any courses offered online?
Not at this time. This program is offered on campus only.
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