Athletic training includes the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers but there is a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Checkout this Overview of Skills and Services Performed by Certified Athletic Trainers to learn more.

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CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology (2 semesters w/ labs) LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs) CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
General Physics (2 semesters w/ labs) PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142
Human Anatomy (1 semester w/ lab) BMS 301
Physiology (1 semester w/ lab) BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302
Psychology (2 or 3 semesters) PSY 100 and PSY 260 or PSY 320
English Composition (2 semesters) CO 150 and CO 300/301 or JTC 300/01
Statistics (1 semester) EHRS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307
Highly recommended HDFS101, HES207, HES303, HES307, HES379, HES403, FSHN350, OT215, MATH

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. After Fall of 2022, bachelors degrees will no longer be available in athletic training for students.

Accredited Programs:
CAATE Programs Directory

Colorado Programs:
University of Northern Colorado – Bachelor (degree change pending)
Colorado State University Pueblo – Masters (seeking accreditation)
Colorado Mesa University – Masters (seeking accreditation)
University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Masters


Admissions Tests

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for most masters programs

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