Support Continued Education for Athletic Training in Las Vegas

Support Continued Education for Athletic Training in Las Vegas

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Jami Jacobo started this petition to University of Nevada Las Vegas and

I request your support for a Master of Athletic Training Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Your support in this process is required for the betterment of sports health and health care in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.

Athletic trainers are essential to emergency and preventative care for physical activity. Athletic trainers work closely with other health practitioners to ensure the safety of any activity. The vast opportunity in Las Vegas for athletic trainers includes working with teams like The Raiders, The Golden Knights, The Aces, The Aviators, Las Vegas Lights Football Club, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, several sports teams within collegiate, high school, and athletic clubs, and a variety of settings.

UNLV received its initial accreditation in 1981, and without an accredited athletic training program, many prospective students (including myself) will not seek continued education in Las Vegas. Several high schools in the area preparing students for a career in sports medicine. UNLV is currently the only accredited program in the state of Nevada. The program has graduated hundreds of athletic trainers since 1981 and it will be unfortunate to lose that many students to another university. Athletic trainers serve as asset to sports health and if UNLV fails to approve a Masters In Athletic Training Program, organizations in Nevada will seek athletic trainers from other states.

The decision to discontinue the bachelor’s program at UNLV was not made by the university.  The Strategic Alliance, which comprises four leading organizations in the athletic training profession, mandated that accredited programs in Athletic Training will no longer admit, enroll, or matriculate students into a bachelor-level program after the start of the Fall 2022 semester. For existing programs to maintain compliance with this new standard, they must transition to a master's level program.

I believe by offering a Master of Athletic Training program, current UNLV students and prospective students will have a unique hands-on learning experience under the umbrella of sports medicine. These students will be prepared to provide quality care for the community and take advantage of the growing opportunities. Further, an athletic training program will add financial and academic value to the department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at UNLV.

In conclusion, I respectfully urge you to approve the Master of Athletic Training at UNLV. By Spring 2022, the last class will be admitted to the Bachelor of Athletic Training program. Once that class graduates in May 2025, the program will lose its accreditation. Ideally, approval for the master’s program should be approved by Summer 2022. This will give the directors, students, professors, and preceptors time to prepare for the transition. The approval process will require efforts from the university, the school, the athletic training program, alumni, current students, prospective students, and the community.

As a prospective student, and advocate for the athletic training profession, I will ensure this program gains the support necessary to offer an opportunity for those interested in athletic training. I am prepared to act as a point of contact and coordinator for this process. If you would like to discuss details about these efforts, please do not hesitate to reach me via email at jamifayy@gmail.

 

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