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Beginning Your Career in Athletic Training

Students who graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Kansas will prepare for positions in a field that continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.

Board of Certification Pass Rate Table

  2011 - 2012 2012 - 2013 2013 - 2014 2014 - 2015 2015 - 2016 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 14 9 9 15 15 39
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 13 9 9 14 11 34
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 10 8 5 10 9 24
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 77% 89% 56% 71% 82% 71%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 13 9 9 12 10 31
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 100% 86% 91% 91%

Potential Careers In Athletic Training

The Athletic Training program at KU is suited best for students who aspire to become certified athletic trainers. Most of our students who complete the Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training leave the program prepared to take and pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Once certified, athletic trainers must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. For more information on athletic training certification/licensure, visit the School of Education Licensure web page. Post-graduation position titles within the field of Athletic Training include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Rehabilitative Specialist
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Treatment Specialist

In addition to these position options, those who choose to pursue an advanced degree are competitive for many highly-selective doctoral, and professional school (ie: law, business administration) programs across the country.

Visit the University Career Center web page for more information.


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