Athletic Training Program

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Athletic Training Education Program

The Athletic Training major prepares students to become an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by athletic trainers comprise of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

A degree in this program will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including sports medicine clinics, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams and corporate/industrial settings. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the degree.

The first year of this four-year program is classified as the pre-athletic training year, which precedes formal admission into the Athletic Training major. Once admitted to the major, you will take three years of specialized coursework and complete supervised clinical-educational experiences at an affiliated athletic training facility.

Once you successfully complete the major, you are then eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. BOC certification (ATC) provides the entry level credential to work as an athletic trainer.

4-year academic plan

The Athletic Training major at Oregon State University is based on a 4-year academic plan with 2 full years of hands-on, clinical experience.

  • Level 1 Year (Pre-Athletic Training major): Student takes pre-requisite courses for the major and applies for admission into the program. Visit Undergraduate Academic Advising to apply for Level 1 Year.
  • Level 2 Year (Formally admitted to Athletic Training major): Student takes athletic training coursework with limited clinical experiences.
  • Level 3 Year: Student continues athletic training coursework and gains clinical education experience with preceptors in a variety of settings. These settings include athletic training facilities at:
    • Oregon State University
    • Western Oregon University
    • Local high schools
  • Level 4 Year: Student completes remaining athletic training coursework and gains clinical education experience with the same preceptor throughout the entire year. Additionally, the student will shadow a team physician for one week and will serve as a mentor to Level 2 and 3 students.

Future changes to the Athletic Training major

The Oregon State University Athletic Training major is planning to transition its undergraduate, entry-level program to a graduate, entry-level program. See what this transition means for current and future students.

Board of Certification

Upon successful completion of the Athletic Training major, the student is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. BOC certification (ATC) establishes the entry-level credential to work as an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • High schools
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician’s offices and hospitals
  • Professional sports teams
  • Corporate and industrial settings
3-year aggregate data on OSU students and the BOC examination
Number of students graduating from program who took BOC examination.
38
Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 35
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 92%
Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 38
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100%

Goals of the program

  • Prepare students for clinical practice in the care of the physically active.
  • Develop a sense of professional development and responsibility
  • Develop competency in
    • the techniques of risk management.
    • the assessment and evaluation of athletic injuries.
    • the acute care of athletic injuries.
    • recognition and management of general medical conditions and disabilities.
    • the use of therapeutic exercise and modalities.
    • health care administration.
    • psychosocial intervention and referral.
    • the areas of pathology, pharmacological and nutritional aspects of injury and illness.

Faculty

Future Students

  • Admission policy (pdf)
  • Application (doc) submitted mid-way through Level 1 Pre-athletic training year
  • Read clinical education experiences to see what to expect as an athletic training student.
  • Transfer students
    • Students contemplating transfer to Oregon State University are encouraged to do so. However, due to competition for the limited number students admitted to the major, no guarantees of admission can be made to transfer students or “true” freshman. A minimum of three years of study at OSU are required to complete the Athletic Training major, regardless of class standing and number of credits completed prior to transfer. In most cases, students will require four years of study, to complete their Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at OSU. (One year as a Pre-Athletic Training major and three years as an Athletic Training major.)
  • Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program
  • Course progression (pdf)
  • Academic advising
  • Tuition and Fees
    • In addition to tuition and fees, Athletic Training major students will also have other associated costs related to the major. These include, but are not limited to, supplies, background check, liability insurance, professional clothing for clinical education experiences, and transportation costs to affiliated clinical sites. Many of these fees will be assessed through course fees.

Current Students

University policies

Additional resources