Athletic Training

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of ATs is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, far faster than the average for all occupations. 

Traditional job settings for athletic trainers include professional sport teams as well as colleges, universities, and secondary schools. Emerging settings include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, the military, occupational health centers, the performing arts, physicians’ offices, and public safety settings.

To become an athletic trainer one must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The current minimum entry point into the profession of athletic training is the bachelor’s degree. However, the CAATE recently decreed that in the future the minimum professional degree will be a master’s degree. Fortunately, Castleton University is planning to offer a 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Science in Athletic Training degree starting in Fall 2017.

Coming in 2017: 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Master of Science in Athletic Training

The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Castleton University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. The current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training will be phased out and replaced with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology / Pre-Athletic Training. Students in this program will apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program during their third year, and begin the two-year MSAT program during their fourth year. Thus, 2020 will be the first year of the MSAT program.

This 3+2 program will allow students to complete the entire bachelor and master degree program in five years (instead of the usual six), and be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) upon program completion. 

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note: This program has been approved by the Vermont State College Board of Trustees and Castleton University. The undergraduate Kinesiology/Pre-AT program will begin in the Fall of 2017. We anticipate that the CAATE will approve our transition to a master's degree by early 2018, well in advance of our first cohort of students entering the MSAT program in 2020.