Athletic Training Major

What is athletic training?

The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems. Athletic trainers are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, corporate /industrial, and other health care settings.

The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies. Through a combination of formal classroom and clinical instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to provide health care within each of the following content areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

Common Athletic Training Employment Settings

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Hospital & Clinical
  • Occupational Health
  • Military
  • Performing Arts
  • Physician Extender
  • Professional Sports
  • Public Safety
  • Secondary Schools

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

CAATE accreditation is required for all programs wishing to prepare students to be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Exam.

On July 24, 2006 the Athletic Training Program received full accreditation.
Reaccreditation on July 29, 2011.

For more Athletic Training career information please view the follow websites.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Athletic Trainer

National Athletic Trainers’ Association