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Top Athletic Training Colleges in the U.S.

Find out which top colleges offer degrees in athletic training. Read brief summaries of the programs offered by three top-notch schools, and use the list at the end of the resource to get an idea of what other colleges in the U.S. provide training for aspiring athletic trainers.

School Overview

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in athletic training will most likely need a degree from a college or university with a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The three schools featured below offer CAATE-approved programs that can lead to a bachelor's degree in athletic training. Learning outcomes include the ability to prevent, recognize and manage injuries caused by physical activities.

1. Alfred University in Alfred, NY

School Highlight: School offers 40 undergraduate majors.

Alfred University was ranked #38 among northern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The university offers a major in athletic training and a minor in exercise science. Students can also participate in sports through the school's 21 varsity teams. Graduates of the athletic training program are eligible to take the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Examination.

2. Lewis University in Romeoville, IL

School Highlight: Lewis University makes available wellness, fitness, intramural and recreational programs for students, faculty, alumni and the community.

Lewis University was ranked #23 among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a minor in athletic coaching. Graduates of the athletic training program are prepared for employment in a wide variety of work environments, including fitness centers, country clubs, YMCAs and sports medicine clinics.

3. Anderson University in Anderson, IN

School Highlight: Anderson University provides students with the choice of over 60 different majors.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Anderson University #41 among Midwestern regional universities in 2015. Founded in 1917, Anderson was the first private university in Indiana to receive CAATE accreditation. Students completing the athletic training major have access to therapeutic and rehabilitation equipment at the school's Gaither Sports Medicine Center.

Top Athletic Training Colleges in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Ashland University School offers Athletic Training Scholarship worth $1000 Ashland, OH
Clarke University Catholic affiliation Dubuque, IA
East Carolina University Undergraduates will work under a licensed physician Greenville, NC
Greensboro College BS in Athletic Training Greensboro, NC
Shenandoah University One-on-one instruction available in the athletic training program Winchester, VA
University of New England Only medical school in Maine Biddeford, ME
Wichita State University Four-year BA in Athletic Training includes more than 80 credit hours of labs, courses and practicums Wichita, KS

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