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Mount St. Joseph University provides a quality entry-level athletic training education.

Our program incorporates research and technologies with an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.

ATs provide medical services and an unparalleled continuum of care to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports. Traditionally, ATs are thought to work in professional sports, colleges and high schools, but as the profession grows, so have the practice settings, including the performing arts, military, ambulatory physician offices, industrial (manufacturing settings), public safety (police and fire fighters), hospitals, rehabilitation centers and more.

Career Potential:

Athletic Trainers are the most qualified professional to provide daily care for student athletes; they are also the most capable person to organize and direct an athletic health care system for a secondary school. ATs commonly work with patients with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other health conditions to safely improve their health and fitness. They specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury, which reduces rehabilitative and other health care costs.

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014-2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As awareness grows about the risks of sports-related injuries at a young age and the benefits of physical activity throughout the lifespan, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the athletic training program learn to:

  • Demonstrate professional, legal, ethical, social, and political responsibilities in the role of a certified athletic trainer.
  • Communicate effectively with athletes, their families, colleagues, and other health care professionals while respecting cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Employ critical thinking skills to recognize and define problems, analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Demonstrate accountability for actions and outcomes while fulfilling commitments as a certified athletic trainer.
  • Implement safe and effective therapeutic interventions.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Over 95 percent of program graduates have been admitted to graduate school or employed full-time in health care settings.
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, mental health counseling and osteopathic medicine.
  • Our three year aggregate first time Board of Certification (BOC) pass rate is 87 percent with an overall pass rate of 92 percent.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training fuses a comprehensive blend of academic coursework, hands-on clinical education and professional development opportunities through partnerships with various allied health care professionals. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and earn the Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) credential.

View the Board of Certification pass rate results.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent athletic training program news and events; visit the department of athletic training page. 

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