The University of Tennessee Sports Medicine Program offers multiple positions for university of Tennessee 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.
Board of Certification Requirements
In compliance with 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
WHO CAN APPLY?
Only University of Tennessee-Knoxville students can apply to become a student assistant. You must be an undergraduate currently enrolled in and attending classes and be in good standing with the university.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for students who are:
- Eager to invest time and energy as an opportunity to learn about sports medicine
- Committed to assisting us in caring for our athletes
- Willing to treat the position as a priority in your academic schedule
- Currently excelling in undergraduate classes
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Prior knowledge, experience, or training is not necessary. General knowledge of human anatomy and/or athletic injuries is helpful.
WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED?
- Professional conduct
- Active Learning
- Professional attire (UT shirt/Khaki pants or shorts)
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Initially 10-15 hours per week working hours are expected. Once tenured, students should anticipate 15-25 hours per week, depending on sport assignment.
WILL I GET PAID?
There are limited funds to pay assistants. Priority is given to returning and experienced students. It is not common for first year student assistants to get paid.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
The following will need to be submitted:
- UT Sports Medicine Intern Application (PDF)
- Class Schedule with Availability
- Most Recent Transcript (Unofficial Copy is Acceptable)
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year based on department demands.
- 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.
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.
For more information contact:
Vinny Tufaro MS, ATC, LAT
Football Athletic Trainer
A108 Anderson Training Center
1551 Lake Loudoun Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996