Athletic Training

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Degree Options

  • B.S. in Athletic Training
  • B.S. in Athletic Training w/ Pre-Physical Therapy Program Requirements
  • B.S. in Athletic Training w/Pre-Physician Assistant Program Requirements

Who Would be Interested in Athletic Training?

Athletic Training is an Allied Healthcare profession, and students who are interested in medicine and sports will excel in this program. Students who want to work with a highly motivated patient population and who are not afraid of high stress and emergency situations will thrive.

Why Athletic Training?

Degree Benefits

The EKU AT Program is accredited by CAATE: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The EKU AT Program has been continuously accredited since 1971 and was the only accredited program for 33 years in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Currently we are one of only four accredited programs in the state. The only way to become a certified athletic trainer is to graduate from a CAATE Accredited program, allowing you to be eligible for the BOC Exam.

The EKU Athletic Training Program had 100% of May 2013 graduating seniors pass their board of certification on their first attempt. The national average for first attempt and pass is 84%.

As a result of our long history we have a very large alumni network that helps our graduates as they pursue graduate assistantships and jobs as they graduate.

Learn From the Best

The EKU Athletic Training Program faculty are experts in the athletic training profession. They all have a diverse background in both clinical practice of athletic training, ranging from working with the U.S. Olympic Training Center and professional teams to serving college and high school athletes and clinic outreach. Additionally, the AT Program faculty all hold terminal degrees and have contributed through scholarly publications and presentations in journals, textbooks, and presented at national, regional and local conferences on a wide array of topics. The AT Program faculty are also very involved in the profession and serve in leadership positions in State, District and National boards and committees.

Senior Internships

Athletic Training students will complete as part of the program clinical assignments at various clinical sites. Our program has more than 25 clinical sites, where students complete 20 to 30 hours a week of clinical experience across six semesters and one pre-season summer.

Additionally, students in the Athletic Training Program pursue various summer internship or athletic training experience opportunities with the NFL, Professional Baseball and Volleyball Festival, as well as other opportunities.

Recent summer internships include:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Washington Redskins
  • NASA
  • Tom Landry Center for Sport and Performance

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings, the traditional settings being high schools, sports medicine clinics, colleges and professional sports. Other settings include:

  • Performing Arts (Cirque, Ballet Companies, Disney, etc)
  • NASCAR/Indy Car Racing Teams
  • U.S. Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Physician Extenders
  • Professional Rodeo
  • Industrial/Corporate Setting (i.e. Boeing, Toyota, Coke, etc).

Visit the NATA Youtube channel to see videos of Athletic Trainers talking about their various work and career settings:

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA at the end of the spring semester in which they apply for acceptance to the professional phase of the Athletic Training major. Students are Pre-Athletic Training majors until admitted to the professional phase of the program.

Students must have completed the following courses with a C or better:

  • PHE 212 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • ATR 100 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • BIO 171 Human Anatomy (Pre-Req for ATR 225)
  • ATR 225 Applied Palpation Anatomy
  • EMC 104 Basic Life Support
  • PHE 180 Health & Wellness

Additionally, students must complete the application packet at The application packet includes a physical form, criminal record background check, shot records, references and additional information needed for selection in to the program. Students must also attend an interview as part of the application process.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Year Intern Assistant Athletic Trainer, New England Patriots
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Ballet
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Alabama Football Team
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Sewanee University of the South

We have had 100% placement for the last three years of our program, placing graduates in professional schools for Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant, Assistant Athletic Training positions, and in careers for those who choose to start working after completing the program.

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, EMT-B, Director, Athletic Training Education Program & Associate Professor