Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who work as part of a collaborative inter-professional health care team. They work with physicians and other health care professionals to provide injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation and organizational and professional health and well-being.
To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state.
CSU Recommended Coursework
A bachelors degree in athletic training (until Fall 2022) or masters degree in athletic training are required to become an athletic trainer, not specific prerequisite courses.
Programs and Preparation
Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited professional program. Those programs are currently at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. Within the next six years, all students enrolling in professional education in athletic training will be earning degrees at the master’s level. After Fall of 2022, bachelors degrees will no longer be available in athletic training for students.
Once you successfully graduate, you are eligible to take a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification. A significant number of athletic trainers have advanced degrees earned by the completion of specializations, residencies, fellowships and doctoral programs.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for most masters programs
Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) aids in the process of applying to athletic training programs. This service allows students to upload their information and supporting documents to one centralized location and then select from participating programs. They can have their completed application materials sent directly to the selected programs’ administrators. It should be noted to prospective students that not all Athletic Training Programs subscribe to ATCAS, so the student may need visit additional programs outside the ATCAS system to apply directly for admission. Students can search for programs that participate with ATCAS once they click on the ATCAS link here.