The CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program at Lock Haven University is a major within the Department of Health Science. Graduates of the program are highly educated healthcare professionals who are able to directly enter the workforce or graduate school upon program competion. The program educates its students through the combination of classroom course work and clinical experiences. Lock Haven athletic training students have the opportunity to work with high quality faculty and clinical instructors in state of the art classroom and clinical settings.
The Lock Haven University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program was started in the mid-1970s and received initial accreditation in 1977. Since that time, the program has grown from one faculty member and eight students to seven faculty and over forty students. The program was recently awarded ten years of accreditation, and its next accreditation review will occur during the 2022-2023 academic year.
The Athletic Training Program at Lock Haven University was developed and sustained through the efforts of Mr. David Tomasi (pictured below). The program was initially recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in the fall of 1977. At this time, Mr. Tomasi was the sole athletic trainer involved with the program. There were approximately eight students enrolled.
By 1980, a second certified athletic trainer was employed at the University in the Athletic Training Program. Both certified athletic trainers were appointed faculty rank and given release time to perform athletic training duties. During this time, the program continued to flourish with 24 Athletic Training Students formally enrolled in the program.
Currently the Athletic Training Program has six faculty members and three graduate assistants. All six faculty members hold full-time, tenure track appointments. All teach courses in the Department of Health Science in addition to serving as athletic trainers for Lock Haven Varsity Athletic Teams. Through the efforts of Mr. Tomasi and other Health Science faculty, the program has grown to enroll approximately forty-five Athletic Training Students and now includes six high schools, two local colleges, and a rehabilitation clinic as affiliated sites. In December of 1998, David Tomasi retired from his position of Program Director. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame in 2001 for his service to LHU, his students, and the profession of athletic training. Mr. Tomasi passed away in the spring of 2002 but will always be remembered as the father of LHU's Athletic Training Program.