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Pre-Professional Athletic Training

What is athletic training?

Athletic training is a healthcare profession specializing in the clinical diagnosis, immediate management, treatment and rehabilitation of acute, chronic or congenital musculoskeletal conditions. Athletic trainers (ATs) are best known for providing healthcare services to high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. ATs also work in performing arts, orthopedic clinics, industrial settings, the military, and hospitals. If you are considering a career in healthcare and enjoy working with a physically active population, athletic training could be the career for you.

How do you become an athletic trainer?

To become an athletic trainer, students must complete a bachelor’s degree and apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program. To practice as an AT, you must pass a national certification examination and obtain licensure in the state you want to practice.

You should apply to the program during the last year of your undergraduate degree. To see the graduate program prerequisites click here.

 

What bachelor’s degree should you do?

We recommend students complete the Exercise Physiology: Pre-Athletic Training Track (BS8178). This major will set you up for the best success in the MSAT program. However, other undergraduate majors may be acceptable. Contact the Professional Program Director for individualized advising.

 

A sample four-year curriculum can be found below:

B.S. in Exercise Physiology Pre-Athletic Training Curriculum (PDF)

Students interested in pursuing a MSAT are encouraged to register for the pre-AT learning community when signing up for learning communities. This provides you with an opportunity to interact with athletic training faculty and learn about pursuing athletic training at the master's level while also developing skills on how to be successful in college.

Early Assurance Program for High School Seniors

Ohio University Athletic Training selects outstanding high school seniors to participate in the Ohio University Athletic Training Early Assurance Program (EAP). High school seniors who are admitted to Ohio University will be invited to apply to the program. More information can be found in the document below:

Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Early Assurance Program (EAP)