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Athletic Training Program at KU

Effective Nov. 16, 2016: On May 20, 2015 the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) announced that a master’s degree will be the entry-level professional degree for Athletic Training. Following the degree change announcement, the CAATE published a proposed set of new accreditation standards. One of the proposed standards addressed the location of where Athletic Training programs are housed within universities: Standard 30 - Programs must be housed in schools of health professions.
Due to this proposed standard, the KU School of Education can no longer house the CAATE accredited Athletic Training program. As the KU Athletic Training program explores the ability to meet this accreditation standard, the decision has been made that the Feb. 2, 2017 application deadline, will be the last cohort accepted in the KU undergraduate Athletic Training program.
Please note: This accreditation change will not impact the currently admitted Athletic Training students at KU, and the currently enrolled KU Pre-Athletic Training students that apply to the KU Athletic Training program by Feb. 2, 2017 and are admitted to the professional Athletic Training program beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.
Transfer Students
Must be admitted to KU for the Spring 2017 semester, be enrolled in the required Athletic Training program pre-requisite coursework at KU, and apply to professional program by Feb. 2, 2017.
Freshman KU Students
Must be admitted to KU as a Pre-Athletic Training major during Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 and apply to professional program by Feb. 2, 2017.
High School Seniors
Current high school seniors applying for freshman admission at KU during Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 are not eligible for the undergraduate Athletic Training program at KU.
If you are a prospective KU student, we encourage you to consider one of our other health-related majors: Exercise Science, Community Health, or Health & Physical Education.


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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