Spread the word: New Master of Athletic Training program is now enrolling for June

Do you know a graduating senior, a recent graduate, or someone who wants to change careers? Spread the word about UW-Green Bay’s brand-new Master of Athletic Training program. Classes for the first cohort of students begin in June 2019. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries resulting from physical activity. As part of the complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician, and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Athletic trainers may be found in a variety of settings such as: high school, collegiate, professional athletics, rehabilitation or industrial clinics and military instillation. See the full release.

Enrollment now open for UW-Green Bay’s new Master of Athletic Training Program

Classes begin in June 2019 for career path that is experiencing double-digit growth

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has begun enrollment in a brand-new Master of Athletic Training program. Classes for the first cohort of students begin in June 2019.

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries resulting from physical activity. As part of the complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician, and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Athletic trainers may be found in a variety of settings such as: high school, collegiate, professional athletics, rehabilitation or industrial clinics and military instillation. Using a medically based education model, athletic training students learn to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility

There is a projected 18% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in Wisconsin from 2012-2022. State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (2016). Retrieved from http://wisconsinjobcenter.org/labormarketinfo/). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for athletic trainers across the nation is anticipated to grow by as much as 21.3% from 2014-2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) (Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/athletic-trainers.htm).

Strong regional healthcare partners — Prevea Health, Bellin Health and Aurora Healthcare — are all potential supporters of the program, while teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Blizzard and Green Bay athletics — UW-Green Bay’s Division I athletics program — could provide hands-on opportunities for students to work with professional, semi-professional and college athletes. Partnership agreements are still being worked out with local sports organizations and healthcare providers.

“Currently, there are more than 35 high school, collegiate, pre-professional and professional teams in Brown and Outagamie Counties alone, which are regularly in need of athletic training expertise for their programs,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amanda Nelson, who worked alongside Chair of Human Biology James Marker to bring the program to fruition. “The sports-rich nature of Northeast Wisconsin makes this an excellent training ground for future athletic trainers.”

Those entering the program with a bachelor’s degree and appropriate prerequisites, will complete the degree in two years (including summers). Students interested in the program can see more at the program website at www.uwgb.edu/athletic-training or contact Program Director William Gear, gearw@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2266.

William Gear named Master of Athletic Training Program Director
With more than two decades of experience as an athletic trainer and educator, UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor William Gear, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, leads the program. Gear comes to UW-Green Bay from New Mexico State University where he was the program director for athletic training. He has prior experience as a program director for athletic training at Marywood University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and California Lutheran University. Gear’s research interests include examining the effect various lower extremity taping techniques have on balance and stability in injured and non-injured populations, and joint proprioception changes due to increasing muscular fatigue and how this relates to joint injury. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Gear carries a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in exercise physiology from California State University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education (athletic training) from California State University, Long Beach.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Athletic Training

UW-Green Bay to offer Masters in Athletic Training in 2018

Job outlook for sports training specialists anticipated to grow double digits nationally, statewide

GREEN BAY – To keep pace with increasing national and regional demand for athletic trainers, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will begin offering a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree in summer of 2018. The specialized degree is offered at only a handful of other colleges in the state, and according to officials, provides a unique opportunity for the University and those living in the “sports-rich” area of Wisconsin.

Currently, there are more than 35 high school, collegiate, pre-professional and professional teams in Brown and Outagamie Counties alone, which are regularly in need of athletic training expertise for their programs. “The ‘sports-rich’ nature of Northeast Wisconsin makes this an excellent training ground for future athletic trainers,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amanda Nelson who worked alongside Chair of Human Biology James Marker to bring the program to fruition. “These students will have opportunities to work with our Green Bay Division I athletes, but also with area high schools and organizations such as the Green Bay Blizzard, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Green Bay Gamblers and of course, the Green Bay Packers.”

According to Nelson, this regional strength in athletic programming combined with the vast clinical opportunities available to masters degree students helped the program receive Board of Regents approval in December. Classroom instruction at UW-Green Bay will meet the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requirements. In addition, students will greatly benefit from the University’s affiliation with strong regional healthcare partners — Prevea Health, Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Bellin Health.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with UW-Green Bay on their Athletic Training Masters Degree Program,” said Prevea Health President and CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai. “This program will provide UW-Green Bay students an advanced degree in a needed specialty for our state and will provide our community with the ongoing talent needed to keep our student-athletes healthy and safe.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for athletic trainers across the nation is anticipated to grow by as much as 21.3% from 2014-2024. There is a projected 18% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in Wisconsin from 2012-2022.

“We’re very excited that UW-Green Bay is starting a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training program,” said Green Bay Packers’ President Mark Murphy. “There is a real need for athletic trainers in this area, and I’m confident it will be a popular program. It’s a win for both the community and UW-Green Bay.”

UW-Green Bay Athletic Director Mary Ellen Gillespie says the Green Bay community is well positioned to offer outstanding experiences for athletic training graduate students and the community support for this initiative is extremely positive.

“It will be a win-win for so many,” Gillespie said. “Our student-athletes will have additional support, graduate students will gain hands-on learning experiences in a Division I athletics department, all while growing the institution. Several community organizations have expressed a high need for graduate student athletics trainers so the opportunities for clinical experience will make UW-Green Bay attractive to prospective students.”

The MSAT program aligns with UW-Green Bay’s strategic plan, which emphasizes enrollment growth (particularly through graduate programs), promoting opportunities for innovation, establishing distinctive partnerships within the community, and highlighting academic programs focused on healthcare.

Program aligns with market demand and change in professional degree requirements

The Master of Science in Athletic Training complements UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology undergraduate degree and the Exercise Science Emphasis in Human Biology. A recent survey conducted by Department Chair James Marker indicated that 51.9% of all Human Biology majors and 73.1% of Human Biology majors with an Exercise Science Emphasis have a personal interest in a MSAT program at UW-Green Bay. Human Biology is currently the second largest major at the University (spring 2016 enrollment: 420+ students).  “The interest and demand for this program are certainly here,” Nelson noted.

Recently, the National Athletic Training Association Board of Directors and the Commissioners of the CAATE announced a decision to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level as of 2022. After that point, candidates must have a master’s in athletic training to sit for the NATABOC exam and practice as a certified athletic trainer.

According to Marker, several of UW-Green Bay alumni who work in the field have expressed interest in teaching in the program.

Students can earn bachelor’s and masters degree in five years instead of six

The professional graduate program will require 67 credits, which includes 10 credits of clinical practicum and six credits of research methods in preparation of a capstone project or thesis. The MSAT program is designed to satisfy all of the requirements specified by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), as well as the graduation requirements for UW-Green Bay. The program will admit a biennial cohort of 16 full-time students, increasing to 25 students by year three.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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