List of Athletic Training Schools and Universities

To become an athletic trainer, students must complete a program offered by a 4-year college or university. Although a bachelor's degree is the minimum education requirement to work as an athletic trainer, most working in the field have earned at least a master's degree.

How to Select an Athletic Training School

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who often work alongside physicians helping prevent, diagnose and treat muscle and bone injuries. Bachelor's degrees are required for almost all athletic training jobs, and athletic trainers with master's degrees are becoming increasingly common.

Consider the following when looking for athletic training schools:

  • Only graduates from programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, so students should choose a CAATE-accredited program.
  • Students may want to look for programs that offer a variety of settings for completing clinical training, and students with specific interests should look for training opportunities in those areas.
  • Prospective students may want to ask programs where recent graduates have gone to graduate school or are currently employed.

Athletic Training Program Overviews

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training

B.S. programs in athletic training generally require that students have already completed one year of college courses, including introductory-level classes in anatomy, physiology, health and first aid. Some programs may require that students have already completed some hours observing athletic trainers. Once enrolled, students are trained to evaluate and provide rehabilitation for various musculoskeletal systems. Students also spend a required number of hours in off-site clinical training and complete coursework in:

  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Therapeutic modalities

Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Training

M.S. programs are offered for students who have already met the requirements to become a certified athletic trainer, including having already passed the BOC exam. Students will complete coursework in advanced athletic training principles for all of the musculoskeletal systems, learn about current topics in athletic training, complete clinical practicum hours and be trained in conducting research. Students may need to complete original research projects as part of their degree requirements. Master's-level coursework could include:

  • Injury prevention
  • Upper and lower extremity evaluation
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Nutrition
  • Strength and conditioning

10 Schools with Athletic Training Programs

College/University Institution Type
Texas A&M University 4-year, Public
University of North Carolina Charlotte 4-year, Public
University of Houston 4-year, Public
University of Oregon 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Bloomington 4-year, Public
North Central College 4-year, Private
McKendree University 4-year, Private
Shenandoah University 4-year, Private
Weber State University 4-year, Public
James Madison University 4-year, Public

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