Athletic Training Program
The Athletic Training curriculum at Oregon State University prepares students to become an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Students who successfully complete a degree in Athletic Training are 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
The Athletic Training degree at Oregon State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and has been continuously accredited since 1974.
Program Transition to Graduate Degree
The program is in the process of transitioning from an undergraduate, professional program to a graduate, professional program.
Due to this:
- Admission to the undergraduate program has been suspended.
- At this time, no additional undergraduate students will be admitted to the program.
Admission to the new graduate program will commence in the summer of 2016 pending successful review and approval of the new program. The plan is to begin accepting applications to the graduate, professional program during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Updates on the transition as well as information about the application and admissions process will be posted on the program’s website as they become available.
Goals of the program
Students graduating with an Athletic Training degree will:
- Demonstrate acquisition of knowledge in the management of injuries, illnesses, and other conditions in physically active individuals;
- Demonstrate application of skills in the management of injuries, illnesses, and other conditions in physically active individuals;
- Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to prevent and minimize injuries, illnesses, and other conditions to optimize overall health; and
- Utilize concepts of evidence-based practice in the field of athletic training.
- Kim Hannigan PhD, ATC | Program Director
- Mark Hoffman, PhD, ATC, FACSM
- Sam Johnson, PhD, ATC, CSCS | Clinical Education Coordinator
- Emily Norcross, MA, ATC
- Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC
|3-year aggregate data on OSU students and the BOC examination|
|Number of students graduating from program who took BOC examination.
|Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt.||25|
|Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt.||86%|
|Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.||29|
|Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.||100%|
Information and resources can be found on the Athletic Training current student page.
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Future Masters Students
As noted above, the Athletic Training Degree is transitioning from an undergraduate degree to a graduate degree. The new program is still in the review process. As of May 2015, both the OSU Faculty Senate and the OSU Provost have approved the new Master’s of Athletic Training Degree proposal. The new degree program is undergoing an external review prior the last stages of approval process.
Once approval is attained, the website will be updated with specific information on the admissions policy, application, course progression, description of clinical education experiences, and tuition and fees.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions – Please note that until the program has been approved all of the information provided is only the proposed criteria.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the new program start?
The proposed start (pending successful review) of the program is summer of 2016.
When will applications be accepted?
Assuming the program is approved, applications will be accepted during the 2015-2016 academic year. We will add a specific due date as we move through the approval process.
What is the admissions criteria?
- Baccalaureate degree program from an accredited university prior to beginning the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
- Personal statement
- Meet program technical standards with or without accommodations as required by CAATE accreditation standards 64 and 65 Technical Standards can be downloaded here. LINK TO Tech Standards Document.
- Minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteering and/or observation under a certified athletic trainer (ATC) within 2 years prior to program application
- Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official program application
- Please note that hours obtained under the supervision of a physical therapist do NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as with both ATC and PT
- Satisfactory score (at or above the 50th percentile for quantitative and qualitative sections) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years
- Satisfactory completion (C- or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.0) in the pre-requisite coursework listed below
- Course syllabi must be submitted to the Program Director with the application.
Do I need a degree in a specific area to apply for the master’s program?
We have proposed that in order to be admitted to the program students must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from an accredited university prior to beginning the program. The degree can be in any field as long as required prerequisite courses are completed.
What are the prerequisite courses for the new master’s program?
Satisfactory completion (C- or better) of the following courses is required:
Biological Sciences | 12 quarter hours
Minimum content requirements: Human anatomy with study of skeletons and models.
Minimum content requirement: Human physiology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms
Exercise Sciences | 12 quarter hours
Minimum content requirement: Understanding of factors affecting the physiological function of the body related to exercise and physical performance.
Minimum content requirement: Anatomical and mechanical bases of physical activity with emphasis on the analysis of sport and exercise skills.
Minimum content requirement: Basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the nutrients and factors that affect their utilization in the human body.
Chemical Sciences | 12 quarter hours
Minimum content requirements: Completion of introductory general chemistry series.
Do I need any athletic training observation or volunteer hours to apply to the program?
A minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteer, and/or observation hours under a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) within 2 years prior to program application is required. Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official program application.
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
Yes. A Satisfactory score (at or above the 50th percentile for quantitative and qualitative sections) on the GRE taken within the last five years is required.
Where can I find the complete list of admissions criteria?
When the program is approved a complete and finalized list of program admissions criteria will be published on the website. Prospective students should also visit the Graduate School website to view the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
Where can I find out updated information on the progress of approval of the new program?
The program’s website will be updated as more information on the new graduate program becomes available.
Athletic Training Education Program Technical Standards for Admission
Individuals who are interested in applying for the Athletic Training Education Program should review, sign & submit to SOPHAS these standards as examples of the knowledge (cognitive), skills (psychomotor) and behaviors (affective) necessary for continuing in and completing the Athletic Training Education Program. ATEP Tech Standards (.docm)