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
  • Evaluation of Injuries to the Extremities

Use of the whirlpool, ultrasound, electric stimulator, hydrocollator, and TENS units, as well as other equipment in FLCC's athletic 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 of this study area transfer to four-year baccalaureate degree programs in sports medicine and athletic training at universities such as SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cortland (and others) to become athletic trainers.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree at FLCC is designed for you to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities. After earning your A.A. degree from FLCC, you will have the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degrees in a broad range of areas. These areas include:

  • 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 Studies

If you are a curious and motivated student, exploring Honors Studies courses at FLCC will provide you alternative educational experiences. Honors classes' center on reflection and community building. They are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses, or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options and make you eligible for specific scholarships.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For information on scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

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

Information for Students 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.

A great percentage of new students that are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree programs. 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 that enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70 percent will change their major at least twice before graduating.

It is important to keep in mind not to 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 that are 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, you will get a clearer picture of your favorite and least favorite subject areas.
Mary Butlak

"I am currently an Athletic Trainer at URMC Sports Medicine working with local high schools in the Rochester area. I apply a lot of what I learned in FLCC's Athletic Training program in my job on a daily basis such as first aid, CPR, anatomy and physiology."