Athletic Training

The School of Education offers a BSE in Athletic Training.  The Athletic Training program prepares students for a career as an allied-health professional and prepares them for the BOC examination, the examination leading to certification and the credential of a certified athletic trainer.  Students in this program study the concepts and skills to properly manage the health care problems associated with physical activity.  NOTE: Students must apply and meet minimum requirements for admission into the Athletic Training program.  Applications are typically due at the beginning of May for fall semester admission.

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Healthcare/Clinical: Involves working in hospital, clinic or medical practice settings providing instruction on exercise treatments, rehabilitation and general patient education.

Sports Teams/Athletic Departments: Involves working for professional or amateur sports teams as well as K-12 or college athletic departments providing injury prevention, rehabilitation and treatment to athletes.

Health Clubs/Training Centers: Involves working in health club or training center settings providing injury prevention and rehabilitation treatment to diverse clientele.

Industrial/Occupational:  Involves working in industrial settings to help employees prevent and reduce injuries at work and increase overall worker productivity.

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  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporate Health Centers
  • Health and Fitness Clubs
  • High Schools/Middle Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Military
  • Occupational Settings
  • Performing Arts
  • Physician's Offices
  • Private Practice
  • Professional and Amateur Sports Teams
  • Professional Fitness Organizations
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Sports Medicine Centers/Clinics
  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Obtain your athletic trainer certification by passing the Board of Certification Exam.
  4. Become involved in health programming on campus through resources like KU Student Health Services, KU Recreation Services, or KU Athletics.
  5. Consider obtaining your First Aid and CPR certification.
  6. Consider joining related professional associations, such as the National Athletic Training Association or the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in the field.
  7. Get involved with a related student organization at KU, such as the Sports Medicine Club.
  8. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  9. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.

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