Athletic trainers, who are often confused with personal trainers, are actually certified and licensed health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in physically active populations. Rapid growth of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting means students are much more familiar with the profession, creating a strong area of interest for students seeking careers in sport and medicine.
Iowa Wesleyan has partnered with Culver-Stockton College and their CAATE-Accredited program to offer IW students an opportunity to pursue a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. IW students fulfilling and meeting competitive entrance standards may pursue the accelerated degree, earning their Bachelors of Science from IW (3 years) and their MAT from C-SC (2 years) in as little as 5 years in the 3 + 2 program. Students can also pursue a traditional path with their 4-year BS degree at IW and 2-year MAT at C-SC. The partner programs will provide students with an innovative curricula in the sciences and professional health care education that includes blended coursework, hands-on training, a variety of clinical experiences in both athletic and hospital/clinical settings that will hone their knowledge and skills.
The program will provide excellent career prospects for students in a booming athletic training job market. The Bureau of Labor & Statistics announced that there is a projected 23% increase in athletic training jobs over the next 10 years.