Athletic Training

Athletic Training is an allied health profession that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches along with administration and organizations of athletic medicine programs.

Program Overview

The athletic training program is comprised of two components of study, a preprofessional program and a professional program. The professional program requires application to the program and includes a clinical education component. The clinical education component is an intensive, hands-on service learning program that provides students with the opportunity to apply psychomotor skills in a real athletic environment under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

Special Features

The athletic training major is a CAATE accredited undergraduate major. Students wishing to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) examination, must graduate from a nationally accredited entry-level athletic training education program (ATEP). The accreditation process is based on identified standards recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). ATEPís must meet these standards and build a sound curriculum of both academic focus and hands-on clinical experiences. San Diego State University received initial accreditation in 2000 and remains in good standing with the CAATE.

Students are also given the opportunity to practice what they learn in a variety of clinical education settings included, but not limited to, the Department of Athletics at San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego, Grossmont Community College, San Diego Mesa Community College, Cuyamaca Community College, San Diego City College, Southwestern Community College, Rancho Bernardo High School, and Cathedral Catholic High School.

Career Opportunities

The program leads students to a career in athletic training and eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification athletic training examination. Certified athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic and physically active injuries. They work in such diverse areas as high schools, community colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, corporate/industrial settings; and professional athletics.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Athletic Training program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.