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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 program led to a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training until the substantive change to the master’s degree level in 2022. The ATP at Anderson University now leads to a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) 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.

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

Enrollment in the athletic training education program is limited and has a competitive application process. Students gain admission to the athletic training program through one of three options: Direct Admission, Early Admission, or Traditional Admission. The annual deadline for priority consideration is November 30. Applications will remain open and be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until the cohort is filled or May.

Information for potential students:


Professional Education

Professional athletic training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities, along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice.

Students must receive formal instruction in the following, specific subject matter areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility


The athletic training program is a 64 credit-hour curriculum that is completed over 2 years (6 semesters, including summers) and is a combination of classroom learning and clinical experiences.

  • Advanced Emergency Management in Athletic Training
  • Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Behavioral Health
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Clinical Integration

Required Courses and Four-Year Academic Plan [PDF]

Athletic Training Student Learning Goals and Objectives [PDF]



Clinical Experience

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Job demand for athletic trainers is expected to grow 23% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With a master’s degree, you will be well-prepared to work as a healthcare professional in many different settings. A few of the places the master of athletic training degree will prepare you to work include:

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Physician offices
  • Sports performance and rehabilitation clinics
  • Professional sports
  • Emerging settings such as performing arts, public safety, military, or industrial companies




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.



Program Costs

In addition to tuition and living expenses, students in the MSAT program incur additional costs, including:

  • National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) student membership: $75 annually
  • Attendance at a professional conference – $100 (varies annually)
  • Transportation costs for off-campus clinical experiences: $300-$500 per semester
  • Criminal background check: Up to $50 annually
  • Costs associated with maintaining current emergency cardiac care certification (adult/pediatric) for the professional rescuer (cost varies)
  • Tuberculosis skin test: $5 annually through the Anderson University Health Services
  • Drug screen: Up to $50 annually
  • Flu shot: Up to $25 available through the Anderson University Health Services
  • Clothing to meet dress code requirement: Variable
  • Fanny/sling pack and athletic training kit: Up to $200
  • Scissors: Up to $10




The Anderson University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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. Anderson University was the first private university in the state of Indiana with CAATE accreditation. Anderson University offers a student the benefits of a private school and a Christian-based education with extensive clinical experience as a part of a nationally accredited athletic training education program.


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Athletic Training

Chris Hamlyn, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Chris Hamlyn

Associate Professor/Chair, Department of Kinesiology & Program Director, Athletic Training Education

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Madelynn Kallembach

Athletic Trainer

Tanya Whiteman, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Tanya Whiteman

Associate Professor of Athletic Training & Clinical Education Coordinator, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES

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