JANUARY 16, 2008

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UCO first and only in state to offer master’s degree in athletic training

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies has developed a 45 semester-hour Master of Science in Athletic Training degree, which will be the first of its kind offered at an Oklahoma college or university.

To be implemented in July 2008, the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program will provide graduate students the knowledge, skills and clinical education necessary to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards.

It is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are seeking entry into the athletic training profession, giving them the opportunity to learn, develop and apply ethical leadership and professional behaviors related to health care in a global society.

The initiative to offer the new degree at UCO is a result of the growing interest in athletic training as a profession worldwide, with employment opportunities in the field continuing to expand into a wide variety of different arenas.

Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result in physical activity.

For more information, visit http://ceps.ucok.edu/programs/athletictraining or contact Jeff McKibbin at (405) 974-2959.