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, 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 master’s degree in Athletic Training starting in Fall 2017. 

Coming in 2017: Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Degree

Castleton University is pleased to announce that we will be transitioning our program to the master’s level in the fall of 2017. 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 MAT program during their 3rd year, and begin the 2-year MAT program during their fourth year.

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 is in the process of being approved by the Vermont State College system and Castleton University. These announcements should be read as preliminary at this time.