Athletic Training

Athletic trainers (ATs) work in collaboration with a physician as a part of the health care team for physically active individuals. Services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention and wellness, emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

The program will transition into a new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) starting in fall 2020.

To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with a bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). 

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional sports
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Military
  • Industrial and commercial settings
  • Performing arts
  • Public safety


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for athletic trainers are expected to grow much faster than average: 24% in the next 10 years.

Median annual wage

  • CA: $49,400
  • US: $47,510

Clinical Domains

Athletic trainers demonstrate knowledge and skills in eight domains:

  • 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

Service orientation

Athletic trainers focus on assisting people with injuries or other medical conditions. 


Athletic trainers should show empathy when working with people who may be in pain or discomfort.


Athletic trainers must be able to track the progress of patients and ensure that patients receive the correct treatment.

Decision-making skills

Athletic trainers must make informed clinical decisions that could have a large impact on the physical wellbeing of patients.

Interpersonal skills

Athletic trainers must be able to manage difficult situations. They require strong communication skills when working with physicians, patients, athletes, and coaches.