The Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training at AU prepares students to become successful health care professionals in the field of athletic training. Graduates of the program work in high school, collegiate and professional sport athletic training, the military, law enforcement and physical therapy clinics. Many alumni pursue advanced degrees in kinesiology, exercise physiology, sport management, teacher certification, physical therapy and other health care professions.
Based on the NATA Athletic Training Competencies, AU’s four-year program gives students hands-on clinical knowledge as well as a strong academic foundation in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.
The Athletic Training program at AU includes:
- 16-20 hours of core science courses
- Eight hours of core physical education courses
- 63 hours of athletic training courses
- Built-in minor in physiology
- More than 1,200 hours of clinical experience, including rotations at AU, local high schools, and professional and semi-professional athletic organizations
- National accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- Experience with a wide variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, soccer, softball, volleyball and general patient populations
- Flexibility to play one sport per year after one’s freshman year while completing the degree in four years
- Volunteer opportunities at professional events and conferences
- Students will have hands-on experiences during their clinical rotations at area high schools, colleges and physical therapy clinics