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Loras College announces new master's degree program

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Loras College announced they will be adding a new master's degree program in 2016 in athletic training. 

It will be a five-year program, and graduates of the program will earn an undergraduate in kinesiology and a master's degree in athletic training.

“I am very excited about this new program. The move to a Master of Athletic Training degree will better prepare our students for their careers. It was designed to incorporate all the requirements for the entry-level degree while adding additional classes to provide our students with advantages as they enter the field,” said Loras College Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Nate Newman.

The new Loras College program aligns with the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance's two-and-a-half year critical examination of the current athletic training higher education landscape. Announced this week, the Alliance determined a master's degree as the appropriate academic level to best prepare athletic trainers for an integral role in the evolving healthcare system. Since the Alliance's decision, students entering the profession as early as 2022 will be required to complete an entry-level master's program in athletic training in order to sit for the Board of Certification exam and earn the title of Certified Athletic Trainer.

For more information about the new program, visit loras.edu/academics.

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