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Dargo named program director of Master of Athletic Training at MU

Dargo-LucasLucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, has been named program director of the accredited Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program at Manchester University.

The Fort Wayne resident succeeds Mark Huntington in the program. Huntington is retiring this month after 35 years at Manchester.

“I hope to continue Manchester's tradition of producing competent, patient-centered athletic trainers,” Dargo said. “The MAT program's recent move to MU’s Fort Wayne campus afforded our students a variety of clinical educational opportunities.”

At the end of each semester, for example, students interact with standardized patients – professional actors who are formally trained and portray an injury or illness's symptoms consistently.

Throughout the two-year master’s degree program, students also treat simulated patients in the Medical Simulation Lab at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, a state-of-the-art facility featuring some of the most advanced medical simulation technology available. Manchester University's MAT Program also offers a variety of clinical immersion opportunities at local colleges, universities, high schools and clinics.

Dargo was clinical education coordinator for athletic training. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a master’s degree from Ohio University and a Doctor of Athletic Training from Indiana State University.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of Manchester MAT candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam – 95 percent on their first attempt.

For the media
To arrange an interview: LDDargo@manchester.edu

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June 2020