Athletic Training

Overview of Field

According to the National Athletic Training Association, Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  To be an athletic trainer, you will need a master’s degree in athletic training.

Career Exploration

Athletic Trainers can be found in youth sports, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports, the armed forces, public safety, performing arts, private practice, clinics and hospitals.

Apply to Athletic Training Programs

You are not required to select a particular undergraduate major in order to be eligible for admission to an AT program as long as prerequisite courses and other application requirements are met. Many AT Programs utilize a centralized application service called The Athletic Training Centralized Application System. Many AT programs have multiple deadline dates (i.e., preferred, priority, or early decision) or operate on a rolling admissions process.

Pre-requisite Completion

The University of Louisville wants to support you with your career goals! Many of your required pre-requisites for your pre-health path can be completed right here at UofL in conjunction with your current academic program plan. Meet with your academic advisor for more information. In addition, consult the specific program you are applying to for pre-requisite requirements. Many programs require applicants to have a certain number of volunteer or paid experiences working with patients under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

Entrance Exam

Many AT programs will require the GRE. Check exact requirement listed on specific program website.

Getting Involved

UofL Student Involvement Recognized Student Organizations (RSO’s):

These student organizations are active as of Fall 2023. You can find all active student organizations by visiting engage.

National Organizations & Resources