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Athletic Training

The University of Akron’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 1, 2019, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

About our program

The nationally accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) consists of comprehensive coursework with study emphasis on human sciences, assessment and rehabilitation, and orthopedic and systemic disease. The focus of clinical education is skill acquisition and practice during multidimensional clinical rotations with a variety of healthcare professionals.

Core curriculum includes:

  • Medical terminologyCAATElogo2
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Care and prevention of athletic injuries
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Advanced Athletic Injury Management
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • General medical aspects
  • Clinical experiences

Curriculum guide

Students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree at the completion of this program; they will also be eligible for the Board of Certification Exam and State of Ohio licensure.


Clinical experience

    ATstudentsatNeylandStadiumATEP students complete a clinical education experience every semester they are in the program (six total semesters). Students complete a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience each semester under the direct supervision of Certified Athletic Trainers and/or other healthcare professionals. In most cases, students will complete four rotations with intercollegiate athletics, one rotation at a local high school, and one rotation at an outpatient rehabilitation center. Additionally, students have the opportunity to observe physicians in the clinical setting and in the operating room.

    Affiliate sites

    Our affiliate sites include area high schools which vary each semester and area medical wellness facilities, and out-patient rehabilitation clinics. Examples of previous clinical sites include:

    • Cleveland Clinic
    • Akron General
    • Summa Health
    • PT Center for Sports and Family Physical Therapy

    Alumni testimonial

    NidalNidal Choujaa '14

    Osteopathic Medical Student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; per diem Athletic Trainer for Summa Health System 

    "Athletic training is very osteopathic in nature, and the way we were taught to approach and treat our patients in the Athletic Training Education Program at UA provided me with the foundation to continue my career as I become a Doctor of Osteopathy. All athletic training programs have books and online resources, however, only one program has OUR particular faculty and staff. I owe a great deal of my success to the Athletic Training team at The University of Akron. There simply is no place better."




    Stacey BuserStacey Buser
    Professor of Clinical Instruction,
    Program Director,
    Ph.D., AT, ATC
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