Athletic Training

When it comes to Athletic Training, Michigan provides a stellar combination of top research, medicine, and athletics resources. Our program majors study the treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries and many go on to work with elite athletes on some of the greatest athletic teams in the world. Our curriculum combines classroom instruction in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and pharmacology with hands-on clinical experiences and valuable mentorships. As a student in our program, you will regularly interact with and learn from athletic trainers and health professionals, as well as leading athletic medicine researchers.

Program graduates are eligible to take the Board of Certification exam. Many go on to graduate study in athletic training, medicine, physical therapy, and more.

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Top 5 reasons
to Major in Athletic Training
Amazing resources and state-of-the-art training rooms
Small class sizes
Work with elite athletes
Outstanding graduate school preparation
Excellent mentoring from faculty and athletic medicine staff
94
PERCENT
OF AT MAJORS

Learn more about Athletic Training:

Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program within the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan is to develop entry-level allied health professionals who will be contributing members to the field of athletic training. The primary objective is to offer a well-rounded combination of academic course work and clinical experiences that will educate students on the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses for the physically active.

Program Overview

The Athletic Training Program prepares students for entry-level work in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments. Students apply to the program after their first year and completion of several prerequisite courses. Students who complete the Athletic Training Education Program receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification Examination. Certification is required to practice athletic training in most states.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
 

Educational Objectives

Promote professional conduct in compliance with the code of ethics set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Meet the educational competencies set forth by CAATE in the specific areas of: risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injuries and illnesses, clinical examination, acute care of injury and illness, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, psychosocial intervention and referral, health care administration, and professional development & responsibilities.

Ensure that each student has the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings in order to gain a greater appreciation for some of the traditional and non-traditional venues in which athletic training services are administered.

Offer the athletic training student challenging situations to put classroom theory to clinical practice in a supervised manner.

Expose the athletic training student to a variety of allied health care professionals.

 

Sample 4-Year Curriculum

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AT Sample Curriculum 2013-14
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Board of Certification Pass Rates

  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16

3-Year
aggregate

Number of students graduating from program. 9 11 13 10 10 33
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 9 11 14 9 10 34
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 9 10 14 9 8 32
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 100 91 100 100 80 94
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 9 11 14 9 8 32
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100 100 80 94

 

Alumni Spotlight

Stacey Maxwell (AT 2003)
Certified Athletic Trainer & Marketing Rep, Maryland SportsCare & Rehab
 

After graduating in 2003 from the Athletic Training program, I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I earned a Master of Science degree and had a graduate assistantship.

My education with U-M has allowed me to have experiences as an athletic trainer at the Division III college level, currently with an outreach program in a physical therapy clinic and high school, and has led me to begin another health degree as a physical therapist Assistant. Not only did my education at U-M prepare me for my athletic training career, but it has also brought me additional roles as a health and wellness coordinator and marketing representative.

All of my success I credit to my education U-M. The program taught me about leadership, confidence, and helped me create a strong foundation for being a competent clinician. The experiences were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I would not be as successful now without them; I often tell those who ask that nothing will ever compare to my class and clinical time in Ann Arbor. The hands-on teaching approach is one in a million and the networking for my career has been immeasurable. I'm proud to be a graduate of the University of Michigan where I truthfully can call myself one of "the leaders and best".


Christina Saindon​ (AT 2008)
PE Teacher & Assistant Athletic Trainer, Centreville High School
 

Athletic training is a great field because you get a lot of hands-on experience before getting your first job. During the three years of my clinical experiences as an Athletic Training student, my communication, problem solving, and practical skills increased drastically. When faced with a problem today, I often rely on what I learned from my clinical instructors in order to best handle the situation.

Honestly, I think the best thing that I could have done was to also get a degree in Physical Education. It automatically put me at the top of the list every time I went in for an interview. It also makes me more familiar and connected with the students. I highly suggest it to anyone in the field.

Being a part of the Organization for Athletic Training Students (OATS) was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to make really great friendships. Additionally, through OATS I was able to attend Athletic Training conferences where I learned how to handle myself in the professional environment and prepared me for the future.


Edgar Tabila (​AT 2005)
Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of San Francisco
 

The Athletic Training major prepared me in becoming a health care professional. The hours I spent learning from the faculty and staff at U-M provided the foundation of my current philosophies and skills. I gained valuable experience working in a clinical setting at U-M as a result of the curriculum structure, which prepared me for the day to day stress I encounter in the professional work setting. The clinical instructors at U-M have a diverse background and experience, helping me broaden my scope of practice and open my mind to advance techniques I still use today. GO BLUE!

Courses

Sample AT Course Offerings

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Control
  • Pharmacology for Allied Health
  • Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury

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