Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering and Technology and their Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program on their recent accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
“This is a very important achievement for the UW-Green Bay MAT,” said Program Chair William Gear, “Accreditation from the CAATE allows graduates of the MAT to sit for the certification exam administered through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC). The Green Bay region provides a multitude of clinical education experiences for our students that prepare them for employment in a variety of healthcare settings.”
Athletic trainers, or AT’s, are multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. They treat a range of patients and work in a variety of settings such as the performing arts, the military, professional sports, and in clinics and hospitals.
Athletic trainers are an important piece to athletes staying safe while playing sports. Research shows that student athletes at schools with an athletic trainer sustain fewer injuries than athletes at schools without athletic trainers. Having athletic trainers on staff also improves the rate of early detection of dehydration, head injuries, and other sports-related health issues.
At UW-Green Bay, motivated students can earn an accredited MAT degree in only two years. In addition, the Greater Green Bay area is a sports-rich community, offering a wealth of clinical opportunities. Students can gain experience from a range of professional, minor league, collegiate and high school sports franchises or market-leading medical systems.
To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in Wisconsin, the student must also be licensed by the state.