SAVE THE STONY BROOK ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM
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The Stony Brook University Athletic Training Program is offered by the School of Health Technology and Management, is a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education accredited program (CAATE).
The mission of the CAATE-accredited Stony Brook University Athletic Training Program is to provide students with an extensive and comprehensive didactic and clinical education from which to build a strong foundation for a career in athletic training.
About Stony Brook ATP and why it needs saving:
- Due to the ongoing deficit reduction program, administration has notified the Stony Brook Athletic Training Program that the university will be suspending applications to the program. This means that the class of 2020 will be the final graduating class from Stony Brook ATP.
- Stony Brook ATEP began with an internship program from 1984-2003, where we established and became a respected and successful accredited program in 2004.
- Since 2004, enrollment numbers have increased by six times the amount of students that the program started with, in addition to that there has been a total of 24 freshman declared students from the years ranging from 2015 to 2018. The program has attained a 100% overall BOC passing rate and a 94% three year aggregate first attempt pass rate. Upon graduation, students have had a 100% guaranteed job placement, others have gone on to pursue and further their education or have taken internships and graduate assistant placement positions. Despite all of this, the School of Health Technology and Management, and Kenneth Kaushansky (Dean of the School of Medicine and Sr. VP for SHTM) feel that the program should be suspended.
What ATP does for the community:
- Every athletic training student is assigned a clinical site where they provide medical and wellness protection services to athletes in high schools and other colleges/universities across Long Island. Currently we are affiliated with 10 high schools and 3 colleges/universities; including Stony Brook University.
- Each high school has at the minimum only one employed athletic trainer to treat and cover approximately 15+ sports teams; the Stony Brook athletic training students provide necessary help to these athletic trainers to treat the high volume of athletes.
- Stony Brook ATP works alongside local medical professionals to provide emergency care and concussion management to youth and adult athletes on Long Island.
- In addition to the physical help that Stony Brook ATP provides to the community, we also partake in charity and volunteer events to support other organizations and medical professions. Some of these events include: the NYC marathon, the Debbie Whitmore 5K, the Bench Fun Run, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and Fit Kids for Life. Stony Brook ATP also donates to foundations like; Wounded Warrior Project, The Danni Kemp Scholarship foundation.
What ATP does for Stony Brook University:
- Athletic Training students are assigned to work alongside Stony Brook University athletic trainers to provide care to each of the Division I sports teams. Without the help of the students, the Stony Brook athletic training facilities are understaffed due to the high volume of athletes and limited staff (10 athletic trainers). Students are there to assist the athletic trainers for pre-season through the end of the academic year; this includes both on season and off season sports teams.
- Athletic training students are a key part in keeping the athletic training room running smoothly and effectively. We are often the first people that the student athletes come in contact with when they seek medical attention.
- Athletic training students advocate and recruit for Stony Brook University every day when we are out at each of our 13 clinical sites. Each year Stony Brook ATP invites high school sports medicine classes to come and tour the athletic training program and athletic training facilities. This past year alone we invited 4 high schools. In addition to this, Stony Brook University is among the only two schools that offers an athletic training program on Long Island.
- The AT graduates stay local and stay loyal to Stony Brook. They work in schools (mid, high and college) throughout Long Island where they heavily refer aspiring students, athletes and patients back to Stony Brook.
The Stony Brook ATP students and faculty have worked tirelessly and dedicated their time to build the successful and respected program that continues to grow and produce confident and prepared certified athletic trainers every year. The unexpected news that our program is facing application suspensions came as a great disappointment to all of the staff, students and our many affiliates. We do not want to see this program come to an end, when we are continuing to grow every year as the demand for athletic trainers also continues to grow. Stony Brook ATP needs your support to prevent the suspension of a thriving program that provides so much for its students, university and the community.
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