The MSAT Program at Daemen College is housed in the Division of Health and Human Services along with 6 other health care related professions: Physician Assistant (MS), Physical Therapy (DPT), Nursing (BS,MS, DNP) Health Promotion (BS), Public Health (MPH), and Social Work (BA, MSW). The MSAT Program at Daemen College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The MSAT Program received its initial accreditation from the CAATE on April 12, 2012 and will have its next comprehensive review during the 2026-2027 academic year.
Along with coursework, Athletic Training (AT) students complete clinical experiences at sites that may include the college/university setting, high school setting, professional sports setting, and physician practices. The AT Program places a strong emphasis on preparing students to be skilled evidence based clinicians by pairing students with a faculty research mentor to create and implement independent research projects. Both the clinical and research experiences provide AT students with the opportunity for practical application of learned skills and knowledge ensuring that each student is well prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam and their future profession.
Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs are an integral part of the sports medicine team, working with other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents/guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems.
Athletic Training employment settings include secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals and clinics, military, physician practice, performing arts, public safety, and in the occupational health settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook/growth for the profession of Athletic Training is predicted to be 21% from 2014-2024, which is much faster than average.
--Nicole Chimera, PhD, ATC, CSCS; MSAT Program Director