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Pre-Athletic Training

Athletic Training as a Career

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who work as part of a collaborative inter-professional health care team. They work with physicians and other health care professionals to provide injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation and organizational and professional health and well-being.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Athletic Training)

Athletic Trainers work with diverse patient populations in a wide range of settings, including amateur and professional athletics, medical clinics, and occupational/industrial settings. Most AT programs are masters degree (M.S.A.T.) programs, but there are also doctoral degree programs such as that offered by the University of Idaho Department of Movement Sciences.

The University of Idaho also offers students interested in Athletic training the opportunity to enroll in its MSAT 3+2 Program, which allows students to earn both a bachelors and a masters degree in 5 years.

Pre-Athletic Training

  • Meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor each semester and request to be added to the Pre-AT Email List
  • Choose a degree major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about physical therapy. Common majors include Athletic TrainingExercise Science, or Health Science; however, all majors will be considered IF a student completes the prerequisite courses and other admissions standards established by individual AT programs
  • Review the Pre-Athletic Training 4 yr. degree plan sample
  • Carefully check admission requirements at AT schools of most interest and take the required coursework
Note: First Aid/CPR certification is another common requirement

Many of these graduate level athletic training programs use the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) to process applications. Review the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) directory for accredited programs.

Pre-Health Professions Program

Physical Address:

Vandal Success Center
Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd floor

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: 208-885-5809

Email: pre-health@uidaho.edu