Athletic training is a healthcare profession specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.


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 the 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. 

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With a cohort of other students who are in the same situation, you will receive every bit of support you need from our faculty, upper-level students, and a dedicated alumni network who want to see you succeed. We recommend you complete the Exercise Science: Pre-Health Track. This major will set you up for the best success in a MAT program. However, other undergraduate majors may be acceptable.


Common Majors

The 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:


Articulation Agreements

To provide our pre-athletic training students with the best opportunity to continue on into a Master’s of Athletic Training program we have established agreements with several athletic training programs which will provide you with prioritized acceptance to continue your education at the graduate level. Your academic advisor at AU will help you through the process of selecting a program that best fits you and submitting your applications.



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, you must graduate from an accredited master’s program and successfully complete the BOC examination, which is a computer-based examination. Furthermore, you must meet individual state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer.



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