Certified Athletic Trainer in Memphis: Program & School Info

Jan 10, 2019

Comparison of Athletic Training Schools in the Memphis Area

To become a certified athletic trainer, students must complete a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)-accredited program and pass a certification exam. There aren't any schools within 50 miles of Memphis offering certified athletic trainer education. Aspiring athletic trainers can find similar programs available within 50 miles; however, these will not qualify a student for athletic trainer certification.

This article looks at three schools that offer relevant programs, but only one, more than 75 minutes from downtown Memphis, has a program that meets certification standards. In addition to information on each school's program, this article offers a table of pertinent facts about each school, such as size, costs and graduation rates. It is set up in such a way that making comparisons between institutions is easy.

  • The University of Memphis offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in health studies, each with a concentration exercise, sport and movement sciences. It is just nine miles from downtown Memphis, but its programs don't meet certification standards.
  • Arkansas State University - Main Campus, located across the border in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is about 60 miles from downtown Memphis. It offers a master's degree in athletic training.
  • The closest school preparing students for athletic trainer certification is Union University , about 79 miles from Memphis. It offers students an athletic training bachelor's degree accredited by CAATE.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students can use the information in the following table to inform their decisions about their education.

University of Memphis Arkansas State University - Main Campus Union University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,521* 13,930* 3,377*
Campus Setting Large city Small city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $9,317 in-state, $21,029 out-of-state* $8,478 in-state, $14,778 out-of-state* $31,510*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017) 97%* 92%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 85%* 66%* 60%*
Retention Rate (2017) 75% full-time, 54% part-time* 73% full-time, 26% part-time* 86% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 43% (13% transfer-out rate)* 48% (24% transfer-out rate)* 68% (25% transfer-out rate)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

University of Memphis

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis allows students to explore foundational principles in exercise, nutrition, physical activity, health and sports. Students can study at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Students interested in athletic training may choose a concentration in exercise, sport and movement sciences (ESMS). This program requires the completion of 41 hours in general education. Topics include communication, mathematics, literature and humanities. The major core requires 17 hours in areas like anatomy and physiology, nutrition and a six-credit internship. Students will need to finish 43 hours for the ESMS concentration with topics like terms related to health and sport science, training applications in aerobics, anatomical kinesiology, exercise physiology and health science statistics. In addition to the ESMS concentration, the health studies program also offers concentrations in dietetics, health sciences, and healthcare leadership.

Master of Science in Health Studies

Like the bachelor's, this master's degree program in health and sport science also offers a concentration in exercise, sport and movement sciences; the other concentrations are physical education teacher education and health promotion. ESMS students learn to interpret exercise lab results, create exercise tests and supplement health through diet, in addition to exploring problems in exercise science. The master's degree program requires that students conduct research and complete a culminating experience.

Arkansas State University - Main Campus

Students at this university can study athletic training at the graduate level. The program is offered through the school's College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Master of Athletic Training

Prerequisites to this master's program include a bachelor's degree in any field, a grade of 'B' or higher in courses like medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, biology, statistics and kinesiology. Coursework for the 65-credit degree includes topics like injury and illness management, gross anatomy, evidence-based practice techniques, medical assessment and nutrition for sport. Arkansas State is currently seeking CAATE accreditation for this program.

Union University

About 80 miles east of Memphis in Jacksonville, Union University offers an athletic training program through its Department of Physical Education, Wellness and Sport in the College of Education and Human Studies. The program offers students access to faculty, instructional staff and program physicians. Within the department, students have access to student organizations, such as Sigma Delta, a fraternity dedicated to physical education students.

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Students complete 134 credit hours in the athletic training major. Coursework examines taping and risk management, injury management, therapeutic strategies and evaluation. Students also complete 6 clinical experience requirements that train them in basic skills, evaluation, medical assessment and clinical proficiencies. Admission requirements include prerequisite courses in sports medicine and injury prevention, as well as a GPA of 2.75, criminal background check and drug screening. Additionally, entrance into the athletic training program requires CPR certification.

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