|May 05, 2010|| |
|Students learn a hip assessment test.|
"We had our first student on campus in the summer of '08. This spring, we're graduating our first student," said Tony Breitbach, Ph.D., director of athletic training education at Saint Louis University. "The amount of support from SLU and the Doisy College of Health Sciences, in particular, was a huge factor in our success, and it was a noted strength in the site visit report.
"We are sharing resources across the medical campus with some very strong programs, including physical therapy."
The CAATE report noted the program was uniquely positioned on a medical campus within a collaborative, interprofessional environment. SLU's state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory spaces shared with the program in physical therapy, as well as the new Chaifetz arena, were also mentioned as strengths of the program.
SLU's athletic training education program is well positioned to see exponential enrollment growth in the near future, according to the site visit report from the CAATE. In addition, a 10-year forecast by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places athletic training among the top ten jobs that are expected to grow over the next decade.
Breitbach vouches for increased interest in the field.
"Recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 37 percent increase in the need for athletic trainers over the next decade," Breitbach said. "It's a promising career for students who love sports and want to work in healthcare, and it's a good bet in this economy.
"Those with degrees in athletic training education not only work for professional sports teams, but also are hired in some surprising places beyond the playing field, including the military, performing arts and industry."
Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers degrees in physical therapy and athletic training, clinical laboratory science, nutrition and dietetics, health informatics and information management, medical imaging and radiation therapeutics, occupational science and occupational therapy, and physician assistant education. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care.