NORTH ADAMS -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that its athletic training major has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
"It is especially rewarding to see the program accredited as this is a reflection on the program’s high standards that meet CAATE requirements," Monica Joslin, dean of academic affairs at MCLA, said in the news release announcing the accreditation. "In addition to MCLA’s athletic training major being the only such program in western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and eastern New York, our program is attractive to students because it provides a wide variety of opportunities for internships and clinical experience, which includes work at creative and cultural organizations, as well as areas of health education."
According to Peter Hoyt, athletic training education program director and a biology professor at MCLA, the accreditation benefits students because they will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for the athletic trainer upon their graduation from MCLA, and prior to entering graduate school.
"Previously, students had to take the exam after graduate school because the BOC requires that all candidates for accreditation graduate from an accredited athletic training program," Hoyt said.
Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians as they work to prevent injuries and provide emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Many new job settings are available to the athletic trainer. These include the performing arts, such as Cirque du Solei. Universities, too, hire athletic trainers to work specifically with their dance companies and performing arts majors. MCLA offers clinical experience with the campus’s Dance Company.
For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/Undergraduate/majors/athletictraining and http://www.caate.net.