Students must graduate and complete a CAATE accredited athletic training education program before they are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) certification exam. Once the student successfully passes this examination, he or she earns the “Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)” credential from the BOC. Currently 48 states license or regulate the practice of athletic training, in which the ATC credential is required.
Presentation College is actively pursuing Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation. Students may start the athletic training education program prior to accreditation, but accreditation must be achieved before a student can be considered a graduate of a CAATE accredited athletic training program.
For questions regarding CAATE accreditation and Presentation College Athletic Training Education Program, please contact the ATEP program director Chris Huot.
Athletic Training Careers
Certified Athletic Trainers utilize their knowledge in skills in a variety of settings. The athletic trainer plays a vital role in the prevention, recognition/management, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur during physical activity. Certified athletic trainers may work in professional, college/university, and secondary school athletics, hospital/clinics, occupational/industrial health, the military, the performing arts, and in physician offices.
Many athletic trainers work outside of athletic settings; they provide physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as other services to people of all ages. ATs work in:
- Physician offices as physician extenders, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel.
- Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers.
- Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy.
- Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics.
- Police and fire departments and academies, public safety and municipal departments, branches of the military.
- Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports.
- Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities.
- Large industrial settings.
- Performing Arts companies to help keep performers in peak condition.
Please see the below information from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association about the various employment areas for athletic trainers.