Athletic Training

The purpose of the Merced College Athletic Training Facility is to support the health and safety of all Merced College student-athletes. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing intercollegiate game and practice first aid and injury evaluation
  • Organizing pre-participation sports screenings
  • Organizing concussion testing
  • Communicating with physicians regarding medical care of student-athletes
  • Providing rehabilitative services
  • Maintaining medical records of student-athletes

The Athletic Training Facility adheres to the California Community College Athletic Association’s Constitution and specifically the Medical Guidelines found in Bylaw 9

What is an athletic trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide patients with:

  • Preventative services
  • Emergency care
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions

What Fields Can ATs Work In?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practices, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution, and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, and branches of the military
  • Performing arts; including professional and collegiate level dance and music

What are the requirements to become an AT?

In order to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) you must attend and graduate with a master’s or bachelor’s degree from an Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited professional athletic training program. 

Currently the minimum professional degree to become an AT is a bachelor’s degree, however this is changing in the very near future. All bachelor level programs will not be allowed to enroll students after the Fall 2020 semester; thus, all prospective athletic training students after fall 2022 must attend an accredited master’s degree program to be eligible to become a certified athletic trainer.

Once you have graduated from an accredited program you must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).

Once certified you must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to maintain your certification. In some states you must also apply and complete any requirements for licensure and ongoing education requirements.

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