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Athletic Training Careers

To become an athletic trainer you will need to attend, and graduate from a school CAATE accredited program that is approved by the Board of Certification (BOC), and pass the BOC exam. 

What is an athletic trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Five Domains of Athletic Training

  1. Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
  2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care
  4. Treatment and Rehabilitation
  5. Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

What path does an athletic trainer follow? 

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) was founded in 1950 for athletic trainers across the country to share ideas and provide continuing education for the profession. Standards were developed in 1969 for athletic trainers to become “certified.” Over the years these standards have evolved to include: bachelor’s degree from CAATE Accredited Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP), practical clinical experience under supervision, passes the Board of Certification examination consisting of a computer-based practical test, and a simulation test.  “ATC” is the designation used for athletic trainers who have met these standards.

What universities are CAATE accredited in the state of California? 

Where can I go for more information about athletic training? 

Do you want to volunteer or need to fulfill requirement to satisfy observation hours for a college course?

Email Pat FitzGerald at fitzgeraldp@smccd.edu or Sabrina Deans at deanss@smccd.edu for more information.