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Athletic Training

HHS Athletic Training student working with a client

The 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 (PT), occupational therapy (OT), physician's assistant (PA), 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 level.

What is it like to be in Athletic Training at Purdue?

Potential Job Placements

  • High Schools
  • College & Universities
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Out-patient Rehabilitation Clinic

Experiential Learning

  • Complete 200+ hours of directed observation your first year in different athletic training settings on campus
  • Experience a clinical rotation in a local high school, a small college, and with a sports medicine physician your second and third years in the program
  • Gain over 1500 hours of hands-on clinical skills within Purdue Athletics
  • Participate in a departmental study abroad opportunity during the summer to Beijing Sport University and/or spend a semester as an exchange student at Dublin City University

Potential Graduate School Options

  • MS in an area of Kinesiology
  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Medicine

Coursework

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Injury Assessment
  • Athletic Training Modalities

Sample Degree Requirements