Amy Brugge M.S.
Academic Clinical Director
Can you briefly introduce the academic program (or department) you are in to our prospective students?
As a new graduate program within the School of Health Sciences, the athletic training program serves to expand the tradition of excellent allied health care programs at St. Scholastica. The Entry-Level Master's in Athletic Training prepares students to become certified athletic trainers specializing in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries suffered by an active population. As a certified athletic trainer, the student is then prepared to work in a variety of settings ranging from a traditional sports medicine setting in high school, collegiate, & professional athletics to rehabilitation clinics or even within emerging settings such as with performers in the fine arts.
What distinguishes St. Scholastica or your program from other colleges and universities?
Currently our program is the only entry-level master's program in our field between Ohio and North Dakota, which alone makes it rather special. However, more important than location is our commitment to providing quality clinical experiences for our athletic training students in addition to our solid curriculum. The level of mentorship our students experience both within the classroom and in the clinical setting is quite outstanding. The relationships & bonds our students develop with faculty and the numerous clinical instructors involved in our program lays the ground work for our students to be professionally involved throughout their future careers.
What do you like best about St. Scholastica?
The atmosphere on campus - everyone sincerely cares about what is best for the students and St. Scholastica community. The idea of a student-centered campus is not simply a catch phrase, but truly at the heart of this college.
What's your advice for prospective students?
If you find something in life that you truly love doing, it will never really feel like work. You'll excel with ease because you enjoy committing the time and effort it takes to be successful in your field. I fell in love with the athletic training profession and haven't really worked a day in my life since, thanks to the fulfillment I receive through my endeavors. I hope that this passion for athletic training is transferred to each and every athletic training student that I interact with and ignites a spark within them while enrolled in our program.