In accordance with national mandates by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is currently transitioning the Athletic Training degree from a Bachelors to a Masters level. On April 27th, 2018, the GVSU Board of Trustees gave final approval for the Athletic Training, Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) program.  The program is currently seeking a change in level of degree through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

If you have additional questions about where we are at in this process please feel free to contact the Movement Science Department at 616-331-3044.

Dr. Brian Hatzel #GVLakerEffect

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The mission of the Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is to prepare professionals to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and the physically active. Preparation is supported by formal instruction, clinical experience, and research.

Athletic Trainers Are...

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic injuries.

As Defined by the Board of Certification (BOC)

“Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession."

The 5 Domains of athletic training include: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation & Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

For more information about what an Athletic Trainer is, please visit the BOCNATA, and/or AT Your Own Risk

Employment Rate Expected to Grow 21% by 2022

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The Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is a CAATE accredited program that is Active in Good Standing

Page last modified September 12, 2018