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School of Nursing & Kinesiology

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. The diverse lessons learned while in the ATP prepare students for entry not only in careers in athletic training but a variety of allied health professions. 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 will the Athletic Training Program and the School of Nursing and Kinesiology 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.

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Program & Admissions

The mission of the Anderson University Athletic Training Program is to prepare students, within a Christian, liberal-arts tradition, as health care providers for a lifetime of service dedicated to whole-person, patient centered care.

Athletic Training Admissions

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, athletic training 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 athletic training 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 identified in the Competencies:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychosocial strategies and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility
Classes & Certification

What types of courses will I take?

  • Emergency Response
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Lower Body Joint and Extremity Assessment
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Research in Athletic Training


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 of an accredited athletic training education program. Furthermore, one must meet individual state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical/Surgical Sales
  • Physician Extender

Athletic trainers find work in a variety of organizations and businesses as qualified health-care professionals who specialize in the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that result from physical activity. As a part of a complete health-care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health-care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents. Athletic training job settings include: College/University, Professional Sports, and Secondary Schools, as well as in emerging settings such as Health Care Administration, Military, Occupational Health, Performing Arts, Physician Practices, and Public Safety.

With additional education, athletic training graduates can move into roles in Healthcare Administration, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Medical Doctors.


The Anderson University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The program has been placed on Probation as of February 1, 2019, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin TX 78731.

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. Athletic training 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.

Three Year Data

Number of Graduates Number Taking BOC
First-Time Pass First Time
Pass %
Overall Pass Overall
Pass %
2014-15 12 12 9 75% 12 100%
2015-16 12 12 10 83% 11 92%
2016-17 11 11 8 73% 9 82%
2017-18 19 18 6 33% 12 67%
2018-19 12 11 8 73% 10 91%
Three-Year Aggregate 42 40 22 55% 31 78%
Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Number of On-Time Graduates Percentage of On-Time Graduates
2014-2015 12 10 83%
2015-2016 12 10 83%
2016-2017 11 10 91%
2017-2018 19 17 89%
2018-2019 12 12 100%
Three Year Aggregate 42 39 91%

*All students who did not graduate on time were from the student’s choice to participate in 4-years of intercollegiate athletics.

Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Employed as an Athletic Trainer Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree program Enrolled in another degree program (Not employed) Employed other than as an Athletic Trainer Not Employed Do Not Know
2014-2015 12 9 0 0 3 0 0
2015-2016 12 7 1 0 3 0 0
2016-2017 11 7 1 0 3 0 0
2017-2018 19 9 2 0 7 0 1
2018-2019 12 4 5 1 1 0 1
Three Year Aggregate 42 20 8 1 11 0 2
Term Number of Students in Program at Semester Start Number of Students Withdrew Retention Rate
Spring 2019 28 2 93%
Fall 2018 27 0 100%
Spring 2018 41 1 98%
Fall 2017 42 3 93%
Spring 2017 45 1 98%
Fall 2016 46 1 98%
Spring 2016 45 2 96%
Fall 2015 47 0 100%
Three Year Average 38.2 1.3 96%