Athletic Training

Master how to help others move

The Athletic Training curriculum at Oregon State University will prepare you to become an athletic trainer. As an athletic trainer, you will collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Students who successfully complete a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program 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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 17 percent 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 master’s level degree. 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.

How we’re different

Our program is entering its 50th year of continuous accreditation, and our approach is unique in its public health model. This means we see each athlete and patient as an individual but also as a member of a team and a 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 address 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, Ph.D., 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.”

Program Accreditation Information and Outcomes

OSU students graduating from the athletic training program have been very successful on the BOC examination

See our program information and outcomes tables to learn more about the success of OSU AT students on the BOC examination and job placement.


Mission, goals, and graduate learning outcomes

View the OSU Athletic Training Program's Mission, goals and graduate learning outcomes.