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(Pre-) Athletic Training

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illnesses in the physically active population. Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, fitness centers, physicians’ offices, or for professional sports teams. A master’s degree and successful completion of a national board examination are required to practice athletic training. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to be licensed, however, requirements vary by state. The pre-athletic training curriculum is a pre-professional curriculum whereby necessary prerequisites can be completed in preparation for applying to a master’s program in athletic training.  Students must declare an undergraduate major along with the pre-professional curriculum in athletic training.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy physical activity and sports
  • Want to help people and work well with others
  • Possess strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Are a good problem solver
  • Enjoy science and healthcare

Internship Opportunities

  • Professional Sports (NFL, MLB, etc)
  • College Athletics
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Secondary Schools
  • Physician Clinics

Suggested Majors

  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
  • Community and Public Health (B.S.)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)
  • Biology (B.S.)
  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Health Science
  • Leadership
  • Health Education

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • South Dakota State University

Clubs and Organizations

  • Athletic Training Student Association
  • Pre-Professional Science Club
  • Exercise Science Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.