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Athletic Training (B.S.)

Undergraduate Athletic Training Program

**In May 2015, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) announced that professional education in athletic training must occur at the graduate level. As a result, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is being phased out. New freshmen who started at SDSU during the Fall 2015 semester (and who would be officially admitted into the BS in Athletic Training at the end of their sophomore year) represent the final group of students who are eligible to graduate (Spring 2019) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation for the BS in Athletic Training will be sought once all students within the program have officially graduated. Students enrolling at SDSU Fall 2016 or after who are interested in athletic training will be enrolled in a degree pathway leading to completion of the new Master of Science in Athletic Training.


The South Dakota State University Athletic Training (AT) Program aspires to prepare engaged practitioners and contemporary leaders of athletic training.


The South Dakota State University Athletic Training (AT) Program exists to cultivate a learning environment implementing innovative and best practice pedagogies which challenge students to become reflective, professional and ethical practitioners dedicated to improving patients' quality life.

South Dakota State University has had an athletic training program since 1977. The AT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The SDSU AT program is two years in length and includes coursework in the summer between the first and second professional years. In addition to the coursework required in the AT program, students complete clinical experiences under the supervision of preceptors who are appropriately credentialed healthcare providers. The AT program offers a variety of clinical experience opportunities at various affiliated sites including collegiate athletics, high school outreach, sports medicine clinics and rehabilitation and general medical clinics. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to challenge the national certifying examination for athletic trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC).

Each year the AT program admits (1) new cohort of students who begin their plan of study during the Fall semester. Admittance into the AT program is on a competitive basis. Students complete a secondary selective admissions application process during their sophomore year. Students who are admitted into the AT program will complete the program over the course of their final two years at SDSU.

Check out course descriptions and program requirements for Athletic Training in the Online Catalog.

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