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.
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.
- 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 Training, Exercise 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
- Join the Pre-Physical/Occupation Therapy/Athletic Training Organization (POTATO) at U of I
- Get significant shadowing and clinical experience and maintain a formal Professional Development Activities Log. Find out what the profession is like, explore different areas of the field and in different settings, decide if it is right for you
- The University of Idaho ISMaRT Clinic is a great on-campus resource for students
- Develop strong mentor relationships with faculty mentors, PT professionals, and others who will be writing letters of reference
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.