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The University of Tennessee Sports Medicine Department offers two opportunities for students interested in the Sports Medicine field. Please chose one of the two options Athletic Training Student Externship Program / Student Assistant Program.

University of Tennessee - Undergraduate Students

The University of Tennessee Sports Medicine Program offers multiple positions for university students to work as student assistants. Participation in the UT Sports Medicine Program as a student assistant is an educational experience that is hard to duplicate. As a participant of the program, the student receives the opportunity to work directly with staff athletic trainers, physical therapists, physicians, and athletes. Under staff supervision, the student will learn about every day operations, immediate care, and continual maintenance of the health of our athletes. Students in the program have the opportunity to observe injury evaluations and assist in the rehabilitation and treatment of athletic injuries. In addition, students will acquire a variety of skills that will be beneficial in many health care fields.

After spending time as a sports medicine student assistant our students typically pursue post-graduate education in physical therapy, medicine, and other allied health care professions. Our students often major in Exercise Science or biology but we accept applicants from all areas of study.

Sports Medicine Student Assistant Application in PDF Format

NATA Certification Requirements

Due to a change in NATABOC requirements, one must graduate from an accredited CAATE curriculum program in order to be eligible to take the certification examination. The UT student assistant program IS NOT AFFILIATED with any accredited program. For more information on universities with an accredited program, or on pursuing the profession of athletic training, please visit www.nata.org.


BEING A STUDENT ASSISTANT IN THE ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Prior knowledge, experience, or training is not necessary. General knowledge of human anatomy and/or athletic injuries is helpful. First Aid and CPR certification will be required. If you've never been certified or aren't current, we will provide an opportunity for you to become certified.

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED?

  • Professional attire (UT shirt/Khaki pants or shorts)
  • Professional conduct
  • Punctuality
  • Active Learning

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

For observers - initially 10-15 hours per week working hours as assigned. Once hired, students are expected to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week. Attendance at a one hour per week in-service is required.

WILL I GET PAID?

There are limited funds to pay assistants. Priority is given to work study and returning students. It is not common for first year student assistants to get paid.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for students who are:

  • Committed to assisting us in caring for our athletes
  • Willing to treat the position as a priority in your academic schedule
  • Eager to invest time and energy as an opportunity to learn about sports medicine

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The following will need to be submitted:

Application Process

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year based on department demands. The deadline for application submittal is October 1st to be considered for a Spring position, and March 1st to be considered for a Fall position.

  • Applicants are required to interview with members of the sports medicine staff.
  • Interviews will be conducted in early November/December for the students beginning Spring semester and March/April for the following academic year.

For more information contact:
Logan Merritt MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine
1700 Neyland Thompson Sports Center
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-9096
Email

Non-University of Tennessee Students

The University of Tennessee Sports Medicine Program offers positions for students currently enrolled in a CAATE approved Athletic Training Education Program from universities and colleges other than UT the option of completing an externship with us. Participation in the UT Sports Medicine Program is an educational experience that is hard to duplicate. As a participant of the program, the student receives the opportunity to work directly with staff athletic trainers, physical therapists, physicians, and athletes. The athletic training student will be offered an intensive, hands on experience in all facets of running and maintaining a Division I Sports Medicine Department, and opportunities are available with Football (Fall and Spring), Men's and Women's Basketball (Spring only), and Baseball (Spring only).

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Deadlines for the application process is September 1st for Spring positions, and March 1st for Fall positions. The following will need to be submitted:

For more information contact:

Robb Duncanson, MEd, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine
117A Neyland Thompson Sports Center
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-1359
Email

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