The Athletic Training major is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This curriculum prepares students for taking the BOC exam for certification as an Athletic Trainer (ATC.) Students receive extensive hands-on experience working closely with the university’s 22 Division I athletic teams, as well as in local clinics and high schools. Certified Athletic Trainers may find careers in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of athletic injuries working in educational settings (high school, junior college, university), or clinical settings. The major also serves as excellent preparation for post-graduate work in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, or a field of Exercise Science.
The Exercise Science major at the University of Delaware is a rigorous, scientifically based program designed specifically to prepare students for successful entry into post-graduate programs (see info below.) Students not seeking post-graduate training can select career opportunities in health-related clinical or research environments.
Preparation for Graduate or Professional School
Admission to many graduate and professional programs is competitive and requires certain pre-requisite courses. After completion of their undergraduate major and appropriate pre-requisite coursework, many of our students enter graduate programs in the following academic areas:
- Physical Therapy (PT) – PT is a rehabilitative service for people to help treat injuries using body movements, exercise, electrical stimulation and massage techniques to enable patients to restore strength, range of motion and to properly heal from orthopedic procedures.
- Athletic Trainer (AT) – Athletic Trainers help athletes recover from or avoid injury. They evaluate, advise, and treat athletes and help them maintain peak physical fitness.
- Orthotics and Prosthetics - Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) is the evaluation, fabrication and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. O&P is an allied health profession with a variety of exciting employment opportunities available including O&P practitioners, fitters, technicians and O&P assistants.
- Occupational Therapy (OT) – OT is a rehabilitative service for people with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. Services can include helping a pateint with pencil grip, physical exercises that may be used to increase strength and dexterity, or exercises to improve eye-hand coordination.
- Physician Assistant (PA) – A PA is a certified mid-level medical provider who works under the supervision of a licensed medical physician. A PA must have at least a bachelor's degree and complete a PA training program that is accredited by the national commission of Physician Assistants.
- Physician – A medical practitioner concerned with maintaining or restoring one’s health through diagnosis and treatment of illness or ailment.
- Dentist – A medical professional concerned with the maintenance and health of the teeth, gums and jaw structure of children and adults.
- Public Health – Public Health protects and improves the health of communities through education and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
- Kinesiology Research Programs – Master’s and Doctoral Degree research programs in areas of Exercise/Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Sports Medicine.
- Accelerated Nursing Programs - The Accelerated Degree is designed for individuals who have obtained a baccalaureate degree, in another field, and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
- Chiropractor - A health care practitioner who specializes in chiropractic, the hands on or hand-held instrumental movement of the bone structure of the body to improve the function of the joints and/or nervous system.
The American College of Sports Medicine website offers a tremendous amount of valuable information related to Sports Medicine and Health and Exercise Sciences related majors and minors. www.acsm.org