A few months ago the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the Athletic Training profession was moving to Masters Degree required to practice. A decision that has not yet been fully hashed out or revealed exactly what this new requirement will affect. I for one think it is a step in the right direction (If done correctly) but what changes will this step bring, is it a move to pacify the profession, or is it a legitimate move to grow the profession? There are so many questions about this decision that can send out a myriad of ripples into the Athletic Training community:
Will positions that are Masters required turn into DAT required?
Will the mean salary change?
Is 7+ years to develop this change too slow of a change?
Will more laws come into affect regarding our scope of practice?
Has this change come too late for our profession?
How do those of your reading feel about this change and do you think it will actually do anything to progress Athletic Training?
Audric Warren MS, ATC, CAFS, NASM-PES, NASM-CES