Athletic Trainers (ATs) are primary care health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
Transition to Master of Athletic Training
The Division of Athletic Training at Ohio State's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is transitioning our Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) to a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree to prepare the next generation of athletic trainers in accordance with new national guideline requirements. Applications open Autumn 2022 for our first MAT cohort to begin Summer 2023.
Learn more about our Master of Athletic Training degree.
A practical education that prepares you for success.
Our competitive, comprehensive program, complete with extensive clinical fieldwork, is unparalleled. With an athletic training degree from Ohio State, you can look forward to a great, flexible career along with plenty of advancement and further educational opportunities.
Your classroom ranges from the clinic to the football field– and beyondStudents don’t just learn theory at Ohio State – they put their knowledge into practice with daily hands-on, real-world experiences. Clinical fieldwork is completed over three years, both on campus with our Athletic Training staff in OSU athletics and off campus with more than 30 affiliated clinical partners.
Our program outcomes are among the best in the nation, year after yearOver the past 10 years, our first-time pass rate on the national board exam is 99% (202 out of 204). Our graduates are in demand and most are employed within 30 days after graduation.
A world of opportunitiesAn athletic training degree from Ohio State can take you many places: from professional athletics to universities to primary care practices and more. Job prospects are strong with employment expected to increase 21 percent increase in the next eight years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You’ll be ready to practice on day oneOhio State is known for preparing graduates for the career demands of the real world. In addition to practical skills developed when working with patients, our students learn leadership, administrative management of medical records, budgets and facilities and how to work with other care providers such as physicians and physical therapists.
Program Accreditation and Outcomes
Ohio State University's Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, 3rd Floor North, Washington, DC 20006, phone: 512-733-9700. Our most recent comprehensive accreditation review was in 2018-19 and we were awarded a 10-year accreditation period (the maximum possible). Our next comprehensive review is slated for 2028-29.
Ohio State's Athletic Training program information and outcomes are available on the CAATE website.