Loras College has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The funds will pay for the renovation of a 13-year-old athletic training classroom/laboratory inside the college’s Graber Sports Center that includes new equipment.
The renovation coincides with Loras College’s launch of a new double-tiered degree program. Beginning in the fall, students can earn both a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in athletic training within five years. Loras is the only college to offer an accelerated athletic training program in eastern Iowa. The program aligns with Athletic Training Strategic Alliance’s two-and-a-half-year study that determined a master’s degree in athletic training best prepares practitioners.
The need for athletic training professionals is expected to grow 30% by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with such degrees often fill positions not only in athletic training, but also in physical rehabilitation, physical therapy, wellness, and various other healthcare areas.
Loras athletic training programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the Kinesiology major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.