Athletic Training as a Profession
Athletic Trainers work with diverse patient populations in a wide range of settings, including athletics (school and professional), 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.
For more information, see the University of Idaho Department of Movement Sciences website and ExploreHealthCareers.org - Athletic Training.
Carefully check admissions requirements at your top choice AT programs. In general, the following courses are recommended as preparation for admission to AT school:
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- General Biology
- Get shadowing and clinical experience and maintain a formal log (Professional Development Activities Log). Find out firsthand what the profession is like, explore different areas of the profession (including different settings), and find out if it is the right fit for you.
- The University of Idaho ISMaRT Clinic is a great on-campus resource for students
- Develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, AT professionals, and others who may be writing a letter of reference on your behalf.