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Athletic Training Program at KU

Effective Nov. 16, 2016: The undergraduate athletic training program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). On May 20, 2015, CAATE announced that a master’s degree will be the entry-level professional degree for Athletic Training. Effective spring 2017, the undergraduate athletic training program at KU suspended all admission and notified CAATE that it would be voluntarily withdrawing its accreditation. We are currently in the process of teaching out our current students and incoming undergraduate students will no longer be permitted to declare athletic training as a major. Current students admitted in the athletic training program may qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon completion of their graduation requirements.
Please note: This accreditation change will not impact the currently enrolled Athletic Training students at KU. 
High School Seniors
Current high school seniors are not eligible for the undergraduate Athletic Training program at KU. Though, pre-Athletic Training options are available for consideration. If you are a prospective KU student, we encourage you to consider the Exercise Science program.


The Athletic Training program at KU prepares undergraduate students for careers in athletic training. Certified athletic trainers are licensed health care professionals who provide medical care for populations that are physically active: athletes at all levels, youth sport participants, elderly adults, and more.  Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

KU’s Athletic Training program enables students to earn a Bachelor's degree (B.S.) as well as become eligible for certification as an athletic trainer. Upon completion of the program, students will sit for the national board exam offered by the Board of Certification (BOC). 

Benefits of the program include:

  • Hands-on patient care experiences - Begin working directly with physically active populations during your sophomore year.
  • National Professional Organization - Athletic training students at KU are student members of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
  • State-wide networking - At KU, members of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) are automatically enrolled as members of the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS).
  • Program Reputation - KU's bachelor's degree in athletic training is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Public Education Schools.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The athletic training program at KU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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