Athletic training is about helping others, especially when you love sports. CMU’s athletic training program, accredited by the Commission of Athletic Training Education, will teach you how to assess and treat sports-related injuries and how to use preventative measures to ensure athlete safety. Athletic training majors graduate prepared to work in a variety of health care settings and apply for the Board of Certification national exam.
Points of Pride
CMU’s athletic training program has provided more than 40 years of excellence in education and athletic training preparation. The program started as the first sports medicine major of its kind in the United States and was one of the first accredited athletic training majors in the country. CMU athletic training students in most years achieve a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certification test and secure jobs right out of college.
Put Your Degree to Work
Graduates of this program often become certified athletic trainers and have job titles such as strength and conditioning coaches and fitness consultants, including at the pro sports level.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2026|
|Athletic trainer||$46,630 per year||23% (6,300 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Athletic Training Major
The goal of the Athletic Training major is to prepare students to become Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainers (ATC®). Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), upon completion of this major and CMU’s graduation requirements students will be eligible to apply for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) national certification examination for athletic trainers.
Students intending to pursue this major are encouraged to meet with an athletic training faculty advisor early in their academic career to assure they understand the requirements for selection, and the commitment and rigor of the professional phase. Additional information regarding the athletic training major can be viewed at the program’s web site.
Total: 44 semester hours
Foundations of Athletic Training
Introduction to the profession of athletic training. Exploration of the professional practice for athletic trainers and performance domains.
Functional Anatomy for Athletic Trainers
Functional human anatomy focusing on surface anatomy, palpation of anatomical landmarks, and the fundamental principles of human movement for the athletic trainer. Pre/Co-requisite: ATR 100. Recommended: HSC 211.
Field Experience in Athletic Training
Content related to the selection process for the Athletic Training major. Student will be assigned a clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor. CR/NC Only. Prerequisites: ATR 200; 24 credits; Submission of Athletic Training Application.
Athletic Training Clinical I
First of four clinical courses. Introduction to the clinical education environment and clinical decision-making. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. CR/NC Only. Prerequisite: Selection into the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 380, 382.
Injury Prevention I
Evidence combined with theoretical application and appropriate selection of preventative devices, which includes various taping, wrapping, and bracing techniques as well as protective equipment. Prerequisite: Selection to the Athletic Training Major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 380, 382.
Athletic Training Clinical II
Second of four clinical courses integrating didactic learning and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. CR/NC Only. Prerequisites: ATR 310, 380, 382. Co- requisites: ATR 381, 383.
Athletic Training Assessment I
Knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a clinical examination, recognize signs/ symptoms and formulate a clinical diagnosis. Focus primarily on the lower extremity musculoskeletal injury. Prerequisites: Selection into the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 382.
Athletic Training Therapeutics I
Application of therapeutic techniques with primary emphasis on therapeutic modalities. Other topics include tissue healing and pain management. Prerequisite: ATR 380, 382. Co-requisite: ATR 320, 383.
Athletic Training Assessment II
Companion course with Assessment I. Knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a clinical examination, recognize signs/symptoms and formulate a clinical diagnosis. Focus primarily on the upper extremity musculoskeletal injury. Prerequisite: Selection to the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 380.
Athletic Training Therapeutics II
Application of therapeutic techniques with primary emphasis on therapeutic exercise. Other topics include goal writing, goniometry, and girth. Prerequisites: ATR 380, 382. Co- requisites: ATR 320, 381.
Athletic Training Assessment III
Etiology, evaluation and recognition of illnesses and general medical conditions. Prerequisites: ATR 320, 380, 382. Co-requisites: ATR 390, 394, 430.
Athletic Training Therapeutics III
Application of manual therapy techniques. Prerequisite: ATR 383.
Seminar in Athletic Training
Exploration of topics in athletic training using evidence-based concepts and principles. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ATR 320. Co-requisites: ATR 384, 394, 430.
Pharmacology in Athletic Training
Basic pharmacological principles of common medications used in the treatment of illness and injury encountered in the practice of athletic training. Prerequisites: CHM 120, 127 or 131; ATR 320. Co-requisite: ATR 384.
Injury Prevention II
Application and implementation of advanced strength and reconditioning principles for the purpose of injury prevention in athletic training. Prerequisite: ATR 384, 390, 430. Co-requisites: ATR 440, 480.
Athletic Training Clinical III
Third of four clinical course integrating didactic learning and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a clinical preceptor is required. Prerequisites: ATR 320, 381, 382. Co-requisites: ATR 384, 390, 394.
Athletic Training Clinical IV
Fourth of four clinical education course integrating didactic learning, clinical decision-making and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. Prerequisites: ATR 430, 384, 394. Co-requisite: ATR 480.
Health Care Administration in Athletic Training
Prepares athletic training students to administer programs and manage facilities that provide health care services to athletes and other individuals. Prerequisites: ATR 384, 394, 430. Co-requisite: ATR 440.
Nutrition and Performance
Focus is upon sports nutrition for athletes and individuals in recreation. Analysis of the interaction among energy expenditure, fuel needs and utilization, and all nutrients. Prerequisites: FNS 370.