The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has mandated that all professional preparation Athletic Training programs must be at the master's level by 2022. The FGCU B.S.A.T. program is in the process of transitioning to the master's level. FGCU will welcome the first class of Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) students in summer 2019.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.A.T.) in Athletic Training program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate, advise, and treat athletes of any type and of all ages. Students learn how to help athletes prevent injury, recover and return to pre-injury status. During the program, students complete a series of clinical experiences. These experiences may be associated with FGCU intercollegiate athletic programs, professional athletic programs, local sports medicine clinics, and local high school athletic programs. Graduates of the FGCU B.S.A.T. program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become a certified athletic trainer.
The FGCU Sports Medicine-Athletic Training Services Website provides some interesting insight into the interaction of NATA Certified Athletic Trainers and Athletes at Florida Gulf Coast University.