Daemen Athletic Training Program Now Offers a Direct Entry Two Year MS in Addition to BSMS

Direct Entry Option Offers New Opportunities in a Profession Expected to Grow 30 Percent in Next Decade


December 10, 2012           



Information: Daemen College Admissions

                       716. 839.8225




                       Lynn Matthews, DPT

                       Director of Athletic Training




Daemen College has announced the addition of a Direct Entry Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. This program, the only one of its type in Western New York, is designed for students with an earned baccalaureate degree who may want to change careers or athletes who did not have time during their undergraduate years to major in athletic training.


Qualified students are being accepted for the next program, which starts May 20, 2013. Applicants should apply as soon as possible; the deadline is April 10, 2013. Contact the Daemen Admissions Office at (716) 839-8225 or Dr. Lynn Matthews at lmatthew@daemen.edu for additional information. 


The two year direct entry program involves one summer plus two years of study in athletic training, which includes Gross Anatomy and is taught by a physician.


"We're very excited about the new Direct Entry Athletic Training program. This is a great opportunity for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in a related field to become a certified Athletic Trainer; it is a natural fit with our already existing BS/MS program," said Lynn Matthews, Program Director.


 "Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.” (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Athletic Trainers)


The College houses five programs that prepare students to work directly in health care related professions: Physician Assistant (MS); Physical Therapy (DPT); Nursing (BS,MS, DNP); Health Care Studies (BS); and Social Work (BA).  Athletic Training students will benefit from being housed with these programs.  Unlike some athletic training education programs, students at Daemen College complete a Gross Anatomy course which includes cadaver dissection, thus providing students with a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their education.  Daemen students have the benefit of utilizing the resources available to these other programs.


Daemen College athletic training students complete clinical experiences at clinical sites including college, university, high school, professional sports, and physician offices.  These experiences provide students with the opportunity for practical application of learned skills and knowledge, ensuring that each student is equipped for taking the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and for future employment.


Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, military, and in industrial and commercial settings.



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