The Athletic Training program introduces students to the environment of allied healthcare professionals in a collegiate athletic setting. Students observe certified athletic trainers and gain valuable experience by maintaining activities in the athletic training room.
The skills and experience gained in the Athletic Training program are intended to prepare students for entrance into a CAATE accredited undergraduate athletic training education program.
Athletic Training Education
The GCC Athletic Training curriculum is a part of the Fitness and Wellness Department, which includes classes in Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries, Advanced Taping and Bracing, Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Healthful Living, and First-Aid and CPR. This department offers a variety of certificates including Personal Training, Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness, and a Strength, Nutrition and Personal Training Associates in Science Degree (AAS).
Sports Medicine Internship Program
GCC does accept students for sports medicine internships. Sports medicine interns assist in the daily maintenance and operation of the athletic training room, actively learning skills that will prepare them for a transition into a healthcare field including athletic training, physical therapy, physical therapy assisting, nursing, etc. Interns have the opportunity to observe all GCC athletics teams and gain exposure to different aspects of sports medicine. Interns are educated on many aspects of sports medicine including; prevention of athletic injuries, first aid and emergency management of injuries, evaluation of athletic injuries and therapeutic rehabilitation. Interns may be eligible for payment through Federal Work-Study.
Contact the athletic training staff for more information. Our Sports Medicine alumni have moved on to study in the following programs:
Northern Arizona University Athletic Training Program, Grand Canyon University Athletic Training Program, Wichita State University Athletic Training Program, San Jose State University Athletic Training Program, Missouri State University Athletic Training Program, Kansas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program, Texas Tech University Graduate Athletic Training Program, Florida International Graduate Athletic Training Program, A.T. Still University Graduate Human Movement Program, Kaplan College Medical Assisting Program.
Glendale Community College Sports Medicine Information
GCC is a member of the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the Arizona Community College Athletic Association (ACCAC) and the Western States Football League (WSFL). GCC follows all rules and regulations set forth by the NJCAA and its conferences.
The following are important tips for students wishing to participate in athletics at Glendale Community College:
1. Physical Exams - All athletes need to complete the pre-participation physical exam packet that can be found on the athletics webpage under Student-Athlete Forms.
- All physical exams MUST include a cardiac screening including a current EKG.
- All pages of the physical packet must be completely filled out and turned in by the athlete to a Certified Athletic Trainer at GCC.
2. Athlete Try-Outs
- A physical exam must be turned in with the Tryout Waiver for all tryouts. Both forms are found on the athletics webpage under Student-Athlete Forms.
- No athlete will be able to try out without a completed physical exam and tryout waiver.