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 preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017.
Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2017, whichever comes first.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 1, 2017 as there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort.
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. The first cohort of graduate students began the program in the summer of 2016. The second cohort of will begin in the summer of 2017. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2017, whichever comes first. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 1, 2017 as there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort. Students who would like to apply to the program should visit the program information page at SOPHAS. SOPHAS is a centralized application service for accredited schools of public health.
As part of the transition, admission to the undergraduate program has been suspended and no additional undergraduate students will be admitted.
Goals of the program
The OSU Athletic Training Program has the following goals:
- Provide students with quality classroom learning experiences.
- Provide students with comprehensive clinical education learning experiences.
- Prepare students to meet entry-level standards of the profession of athletic training.
- Prepare students for a successful transition-to-practice as athletic trainers committed to advancing health and well-being for all.
- Kim Hannigan PhD, ATC | Program Director
- Sam Johnson, PhD, ATC, CSCS | Clinical Education Coordinator
- Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC
- Emily Norcross, MA, ATC
- Mark Hoffman, PhD, ATC, FACSM
|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.||57
|Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt.||95%|
|Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.||60
|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 program has been approved and the first cohort of students began the program in the summer of 2016. Interested students should apply to the program through SOPHAS. The second cohort will be admitted in the spring of 2017 with a summer 2017 start date.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will applications be accepted?
- Applications are currently being accepted.
- Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017.
- Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2017, whichever comes first.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 1, 2017 as there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort.
How long will the program take to complete?
The program is a two-year, full-time program beginning in June the year of admittance and ending 24 months later. Students will have a break from the program during part of June and July following their first year in the program.
What are 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 about why they are pursuing an occupation in athletic training.
- Meet program technical standards with or without accommodations as required by the CAATE accreditation standards 64 and 65. Please see the section at the bottom of the page titled Athletic Training Education Program Technical Standards for Admission.
- 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?
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.
What are the tuition and fees for the program?
Students should visit the OSU Graduate School’s cost of attendance webpage for details. At this time the AT program will not be offering assistantships, scholarships, or tuition remission.
What courses will I take in the graduate program?
|Summer Session 1||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|Year 1||KIN 511. Introduction to Athletic Training (4)||KIN 520
Orthopedic Assessment of Upper Extremity Injuries (5)
Orthopedic Assessment of Lower Extremity Injuries (5)
Orthopedic Assessment of the Neck/Spine (5)
Emergency Management of Sports Trauma (3)
Psychosocial Factors in Physical Activity (3)
Evidence-based Practice (3)
Special Topics in KIN (3)
General Medical Assessment (3)
Therapeutic Modalities (4)
|Year 2||KIN 567
Pharmacology in Athletic Training (3)
Lower Extremity Therapeutic Exercise (5)
Professional Internship (6)
Athletic Training Program Management (3)
Foundations of Public Health (4)
Nutrition and Exercise: Macronutrients and Energy Metabolism (3)
Upper Extremity Therapeutic Exercise (5)
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)