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List of Schools that Offer Sports Medicine Programs

Many schools offer sports medicine programs. Primary care physicians, orthopedic doctors and surgeons, rehabilitation therapists and senior medical students can enroll in sports medicine rotations, fellowships or residencies. At the undergraduate level, students can prepare for careers as athletic trainers, rehabilitation specialists and many other positions. Keep reading for more information.

Sports medicine programs are available at several levels from an array of colleges and universities. Programs lead to various career choices, depending upon the program and the degree level.

Schools with Sports Medicine Programs

The following schools offer sports medicine programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees
(2015-16)*
Arizona State University Phoenix, Arizona 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Undergraduate:
$10,158 In-state,
$25,458 Out-of-state;
Graduate:
$11,304 In-state,
$27,790 Out-of-state
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's
Master's
Undergraduate: $20,109
Graduate: $8,000
Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, Ohio 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,037 In-state;
$27,365 Out-of-state
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 In-state:
$34,676 Out-of-state
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Undergraduate:
$6,381 In-state,
$28,659 Out-of-state;
Graduate:
$12,737 In-state,
$29,302 Out-of-state
Texas A & M University - College Station, Texas College Station, Texas 4-year, Public Master's $8,656 In-state,
$18,183 Out-of-state
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Undergraduate:
$13,560 In-state,
$36,360 Out-of-state;
Graduate:
$16,122 In-state,
$31,674 Out-of-state
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus University Park, Pennsylvania 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Undergraduate:
$17,514 In-state,
$31,346 Out-of-state;
Graduate:
$20,270 In-state,
$34,084 Out-of-state
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, Illinois 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Undergraduate:
$15,054 In-state,
$30,214 Out-of-state;
Graduate:
$18,041 In-state,
$31,231 Out-of-state

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Sports medicine programs are available at several levels from an array of colleges and universities. Programs lead to various career choices, depending upon the program and the degree level.

Students may want to consider the following options:

  • Prospective students should consider their desired specialization in sports medicine and choose a school that offers that program.
  • Students should also consider a school's location and whether it offers the sort of practice experiences they desire, such as a Big Ten athletic program that gives sports medicine students a great experience in highly competitive college team sports, or a big city university that may offer clinical opportunities, public fitness programs and other community-oriented benefits.
  • Career goals should be taken into account; for instance, an associate's or bachelor's degree may be sufficient for starting a career, but a graduate degree may be required to advance in the field.
  • Students should explore scholarship availability and work/study program opportunities if finances are a concern.

Associate of Applied Science in Sports Medicine

A 2-year degree program in sports medicine enables a student to work in entry-level sport management positions in medical offices and physical therapy departments within hospitals.

Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine

These programs prepare students to work in clinical research, exercise design, sports medicine and physiology.

Master of Science in Sports Medicine

For those who wish to work in research and development in sports medicine, a graduate program is ideal. The program provides a core curriculum focused on the pathokinesiology of joint injury and restoration of joint function. Students spend time in laboratory settings, and the 2-year program usually requires either a thesis or a scholarly paper.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sports Medicine

The doctorate program prepares students to work in research, an educational setting or as senior management for a sports medicine department. The student spends a substantial amount of time in research laboratories.

Sports medicine programs are commonly found in the form of athletic training or kinesiology degrees. These degrees are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, and should be selected based upon your intended career track.

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