Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Master helping others benefit from movement

The athletic training curriculum at Oregon State prepares you to become a certified athletic trainer.

Once you successfully earn your degree in athletic training from our accredited program, you will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. BOC certification (ATC) is the entry-level credential to work as an athletic trainer.

As an athletic trainer, you will collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Learn more about the success of OSU athletic training students on the BOC examination and in job placement.


Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 17% increase in job growth for athletic trainers from 2021-2031 – much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations

Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • High schools
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician’s offices and hospitals
  • Professional and Olympic-level sports teams
  • Corporate and industrial settings
  • Performing arts settings

Earn your Master of Athletic Training degree

The athletic training degree at Oregon State University is a CAATE accredited master’s level degree.

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How we’re different

Our program has maintained 50 years of continuous accreditation, and our approach is unique in its public health model. This means we see athletes holistically as individuals and also as members of a team and community.

You will learn how our preceptors prioritize the mental health of each of their athletes and patients, and how faculty use statewide partnerships to help prevent youth suicide.

As a result, you’ll see athletic training through a new lens and will experience a wide variety of opportunities to make a broad impact.

Kim Hannigan, PhD, ATC

Clinical Associate Professor

“Athletic trainers have the unique opportunity to work with patients and athletes on an almost daily basis. They not only treat injuries, but many times can prevent them from occurring in the first place.”

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Mission, goals, and graduate learning outcomes

View the OSU athletic training program's mission, goals and graduate learning outcomes.

CAATE accreditation seal


From 1974 to 2017 OSU had an accredited undergraduate athletic training program. In the summer of 2016, the first cohort of students started in the new professional master’s program in athletic training.

The new master’s program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in the summer of 2017 and in the summer of 2022 received 10 years of continuing accreditation through 2031-2032.