Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University

Athletic Training Education Program


The Lake Superior State University Athletic Training Education Program (LSSU ATEP) is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and recognizes it's mission of offering a challenging undergraduate academic program to students preparing for careers as  Certified Athletic Trainers.   The LSSU ATEP accomplishes this mission by offering an academic program consistent with the National Athletic Trainers' Association "Athletic Training Education Competencies" with a commitment to an integrated relationship between the athletic training students' didactic and clinical experiences. This relationship fosters the development of athletic training students as contributing, caring, and viable professionals to the field of athletic training.

What Is Athletic Training and what do Certified Athletic Trainer Do?

Athletic Training is an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). 

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are medical experts that practice within six domains

  • Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate Care
  • Treatment Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
  • Organization and Administration
  • Professional Responsibility

These duties require extensive knowledge and strong decision-making skills obtained through the Certified Athletic Trainer's experience and education.

Athletic Training as Preparation for Phyiscal Therapy School

The Athletic Training Education Program at LSSU can be used to meet the pre-requisite requirements for entrance into Physical Therapy School.  This can be done with some minor modifications to the student's course of study.  In fact, many students have used the Athletic Training Education Program to succeed in Physical Therapy school.  Here are some comments from past students:

"My education from Lake Superior State University's Athletic Training Program was a great experience. What I loved was the individuality of the program and that the professors genuinely cared about the students' success. The education fully prepared me for the athletic trainers certification exam and was a great stepping stone for physical therapy school. While in the graduate physical therapy program, I often felt ahead of the curve because of my previous in and out of class experiences at LSSU. I would highly recommend LSSU's athletic training program to anyone wishing to gain a career in physical therapy."

--Brandon Hepner MPT, ATC
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists

"My undergraduate training at LSSU in the Exercise Science/Sports Medicine program gave me both the knowledge and confidence to excel in graduate physical therapy school. I truly believe that I was better prepared and well ahead of other physical therapy students when it came to orthopedic assessment and hands on clinical skills. My time spent as a student trainer was invaluable in helping me to build a solid foundation in working with patients and communicating with other health care professionals."

--Chris Hurley PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, ATC '99
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Board Certified Athletic Trainer

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