Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Appalachian State University’s Athletic Training (BS) degree prepares students for this rapidly expanding career field, which the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to grow 19% by 2022 – faster than average for all occupations.
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.Status of the athletic training degree awarded from Appalachian State University (PDF)
Employment: This degree prepares qualified athletic trainers for employment in public schools, junior colleges, four-year institutions, professional programs and other health care facilities. Appalachian graduates are currently employed throughout the United States in colleges and universities, clinics, corporations, physician offices, high schools, professional sports and the military.
Graduate School: Appalachian successfully equips undergraduate students for graduate education. Beyond a bachelor’s degree, graduates can pursue a master’s or Ph.D. in athletic training or related health care profession.
A minor is not required.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
CHAMP (Community Health and Mobility Partnership) - This Watauga County community partnership program began in April 2014. It is designed to improve strength, balance and mobility and to prevent falls in older adults and people with disabilities. Athletic Training students perform the balance assessments and prescribe exercises from the Otago Exercise Program to address deficits revealed during the assessment.
Appalachian Athletic Training Student Association - an opportunity for athletic training majors to develop professional skills and work together with fellow students. The association visits athletic training facilities at other universities and organizations and has toured the Carolina Panthers facility.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
The application process for the Athletic Training Education Program begins at the beginning of the fall semester. This represents a competitive process. Freshmen are encouraged to apply, and consideration is given to all academic levels. Admittance into the program is dependent on the following:
- Completed application
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from Appalachian State University
- 30 hours of active observation
- Professional insight statement
- Goals statement
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Signed Technical Standards document
- Personal interview
Our admissions process is nondiscriminatory. The number of students selected each semester is limited. Priority is given to students with a career goal in the field of Athletic Training.
- Part of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, Appalachian’s Athletic Training program has existed for more than 30 years and was one of the first Approved programs by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
- The program has been accredited by CAAHEP from 1993-2006, and is currently accredited by the Committee on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
- Appalachian provides a challenging program that encourages the highest quality classroom and clinical experiences for our students.
- Students have opportunities to grow professionally and personally by engaging regularly in research, professional internships and service-learning.
- Students integrate their classroom knowledge in the clinical setting. The clinical assignments provide an open and challenging learning environment under a wide range of sports, clinical sites and preceptors.
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Dr. Ashley Goodman