Degree Description

The Purdue University undergraduate athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level athletic trainers through an extensive curriculum of didactic and clinical experiences and to prepare students to sit for and pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Some Athletic Training students choose to pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, etc.).

The program consists of academic coursework offered by the Department of Health & Kinesiology and clinical education experiences with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA), the Division of Recreational Sports (RSC), and the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH), as well as several off-campus sites.  Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and offers 9 men’s and 9 women’s sports at the NCAA Division 1-A level. The current Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program is Dr. Larry J. Leverenz, ATC. Nine staff athletic trainers and four graduate students serve as Preceptors (Clinical Instructors) for the program.  There are 12 off-campus Preceptors at local high schools and sports medicine clinics where the athletic training students gain clinical experiences in the non-collegiate settings.

Pre-Athletic Training Program

The athletic training major does not admit students directly from high school.  Accordingly, if you want to apply for admission to the professional program in Athletic Training, you should enroll as a pre-athletic training student within the Department of Health & Kinesiology at the beginning of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue.  This department is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences.  You may apply for admission to the athletic training major by completing the pre-athletic training requirement and making formal application during the second semester of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue.  The professional program takes a minimum of three years to complete.

Even if you have completed the pre-athletic training requirements, you cannot be guaranteed admission to the Athletic Training major.  As a professional program, the Department reserves the right to select students it feels are qualified to enter the profession of athletic training.  (If you are not admitted to the Athletic Training major, you may be eligible to change to a different major within the Department of Health & Kinesiology, the College of Health and Human Sciences, or another college or school at Purdue.)


Changing your major to Pre-Athletic Training
CODO Process for Students Interested in Health and Human Sciences Majors

Requirement Sheets/Four Year Plan
Pre-Athletic Training Requirement Sheet
Athletic Training Degree Requirement Sheet Athletic Training Four Year Plan

Additional Resources
Athletic Training Information Handout
Boiler Bytes: Students gain hands-on experience as athletic trainers
Pre Physical Therapy Information
Pre Occupational Therapy Information
Boiler Bytes: Students reach out to the community through Pete's Pals
Plan of Study Worksheet
5 Students Who Are Health Makers - Eli Mansfield
5 Students Who Are Health Makers - Alberto Oseguera

Purdue University Sports Medicine
National Athletic Trainers Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association