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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Athletic Training

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, advances in injury prevention and detection and more sophisticated treatments are projected to increase the demand for athletic trainers.

The Program

Athletic Training provides you with the opportunity to explore the area of sports medicine through courses in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, responding to emergencies, care and prevention of athletic injuries, health injury management skills, and evaluation of injuries to the extremities. Use of the whirlpool, ultrasound, electric stimulator, hydrocollator, and TENS units as well as other equipment in the Colleges' training facility gives you hands-on experience with the types of treatments being offered in the field of sports medicine.

Experiences include field trips to sports medicine departments at four-year colleges and universities such as Keuka College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and visits to colleges with athletic training curriculum such as SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cortland. In addition, you will have the opportunity to observe orthopedic surgeons during surgery at Geneva General Hospital.

Graduates in this study area transfer to four-year baccalaureate programs in sports medicine and athletic training at such colleges and universities as SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cortland (and others) to become athletic trainers.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Finger Lakes Community College is designed for students who intend to transfer to pursue a baccalaureate degree, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students who transfer from FLCC with an A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree pursue bachelor's degrees in a broad range of majors such as:

  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Pre-law
  • English
  • History

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Faculty

Jeremy Tiermini, MSS, ATC is the program coordinator for the athletic training degree. He teaches all of the athletic training courses for the major, as well as required courses in First Aid/CPR, health, and anatomy and physiology. As the college's certified athletic trainer (ATC), he is responsible for the overall health care of all of FLCC's student athletes, providing coverage both on the field and during athletic training room hours. Mr. Tiermini is nationally certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATA BOC), and New York State licensed.

Information for Students Who Are Undecided about Their Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences could be the ideal place for you to begin your college career at FLCC. You can explore your interests and abilities, while at the same time begin working toward a college degree.

Many new students who are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences program. It is more common than you may realize for students to be uncertain about their academic and career goals upon entering college. Even for those students who enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70% will change their major at least twice before graduating.

The most important advice we can give undecided students is "don't get discouraged." Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the Finger Lakes Community College Career Services Office to learn more about yourself, define your goals, investigate career interests, and decide on what you want in a career. Ask about FOCUS2, a computerized career guidance system which provides occupational information as well as an assessment of your interests, abilities, experiences, and values.
  • A Career Services counselor can also help you with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, self assessment and career guidance tools that help with career planning and offer insight into personal and professional development. Make an appointment at the Career Services Office to learn about these and other career guidance resources currently available. After you complete an assessment, your scores will be interpreted for you and discussed with you at an individual appointment.
  • When selecting your course schedule (with the help of your advisor), try to choose courses in a variety of disciplines. After a few courses, students often get a clearer picture of their favorite and least favorite subject areas.