Athletic Training (AT) focuses on collaborating with physicians to optimize activity and participation of physically active individuals. Through our Athletic Training Program (ATP), you will learn how to recognize, treat, and prevent musculoskeletal injuries in individuals on professional and school-based sports teams, in clinics, hospitals, corporations, the military, performing arts, and more.
Our program is designed to cover knowledge and skills in prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. During your final year in the AT Program, you apply to become an eligible candidate for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. You must successfully pass the BOC exam in order to earn the title Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Following certification, you must obtain licensure in order to practice as an Athletic Trainer. In Louisiana, the governing body is the State Board of Medical Examiners.
Our AT Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE accreditation begining May 2020, and has begun the degree change process to a masters degree. Our AT Program will be coming off probation at the end of this reporting cycle due to the excellent performance on the BOC exam by the Class of 2017.
The AT Program consists of four years of concentrated academic study culminating in a two-and-a-half-year program of Athletic Training academic courses and clinical rotation experiences. These clinical rotations take place with UL Athletics, local high schools, physicians and therpay centers. Visit our Clinical Sites page for a complete listing.
The Athletic Training curriculum combines courses in biology, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and more so you can work with athletes and sports teams across the country. Through your Kinesiology courses, you'll learn prevention and care of athletic injuries, how to assess injuries in upper and lower extremities, reconditioning of sports injuries, exercise testing and prescription, nutrition for fitness and sports, and advanced sports medicine.
You must apply to enter the AT Program to begin clinical experiences and continue in the Athletic Training major. The application due date is November 15th of each year.
The mission of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to prepare our students for professional assimilation through a rigorous education process that blends a challenging academic curriculum with aggressive, hands-on clinical experiences. Through this process, our students will become life-long learners that seek answers to the changing medical environment by exploring and conducting research. Ultimately, graduates of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be prepared to successfully attempt the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become competent allied health care professionals for the physically active individuals of South Louisiana and surrounding region.
Find out more information about the 3-Year Aggregate BOC Pass Rate.
For further information, contact:
Randy L. Aldret, EdD, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor and Director, Athletic Training Program
225 Cajundome Blvd., Bourgeois Hall #136-A
Lafayette, LA 70506