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Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Anderson University has a rich history. It was started in 1977 and was first accredited in 1989. The ATP at Anderson University leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training degree maintaining accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Accreditation by the CAATE is a requirement for graduates of the program to sit for the National Board of Certification exam, allowing them to become certified athletic trainers. As the first private college in Indiana with an accredited program, we have a vast network of sports medicine professionals among our alumni.  Not only does the athletic training program prepare students for the certification exam, it will also prepare them for a lifetime of service dedicated to whole-person, patient-centered care.  The ATP at AU is centered in the Gaither Sports Medicine Center located in the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

Athletic Training Program

Program Overview

The mission of the Anderson University athletic training program is to prepare students, within a Christian, liberal arts tradition, as healthcare providers for a lifetime of service dedicated to whole-person, patient-centered care.


    Athletic Training Admissions

    The Anderson University Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training is no longer accepting new admissions.

    With the new master’s level education requirements, future interested undergraduate students can explore the pre-athletic training options for a bachelor’s level academic preparation.


    To practice as an athletic trainer, individuals must successfully complete the BOC examination, which is a computer-based examination that the student is eligible to take after successfully completing the requirements. Furthermore, one must meet individual state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer.

    Pre-Athletic Training Option

    AU’s pre-athletic training program includes selecting an undergraduate major that will be beneficial for you as you prepare to pursue a graduate degree in athletic training. Here are the most commonly selected undergraduate choices:

    4. BIOLOGY

    Professional Education

    Athletic trainers (ATs) are best known for providing healthcare services to high school, collegiate, and professional athletes but also work in performing arts, orthopedic clinics, industrial settings, the military, and hospitals. To become an athletic trainer, you must complete a bachelor’s degree and apply to a Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) program. Our pre-athletic training program is designed to prepare you for continuing education in graduate-level healthcare programs. This program introduces you to the aspects of athletic training you need to know, including clinical competency, clinical experience, and what it means to be a healthcare provider.


    The Anderson University athletic training program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective August 19, 2024.

    The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is the national organization that accredits athletic training education programs in the United States. Anderson University offers a CAATE-accredited athletic training curriculum. Students will meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination through educational programs accredited by CAATE.

    CAATE Program Information and Outcomes Page