The UTC Difference
All accredited athletic training education programs include both didactic and clinical education components. UTC’s program is unique in that our students accrue clinical experience throughout their tenure at UTC. Students will attend clinical rotations during 60 of the 65 weeks that they are actively attending, with the final 8 weeks of their experience culminating in an immersive “full-time” rotation. This allows for reinforcement of principles learned in the classroom by immediately having the opportunity to apply the principles clinically.
Cadaver anatomy is a hallmark of our 1st year curriculum and is often cited by our current and former students as something that sets UTC’s GATP apart from others. This exhaustive and detailed class is the foundation for all evaluation and treatment skills developed throughout the program. In the second year, students complete a research project in groups of 2-4, in which they formulate a research question, devise methods, collect data, and analyze and interpret the results. This culminates in a capstone presentation day and often results in students presenting their research at a national peer-reviewed convention and potential publication in a peer-reviewed journal.