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Athletic Training (AT):

  • Encompasses the prevention, evaluation and assessment, rehabilitation, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
  • Is practiced by nationally and state credentialed Athletic Trainers, who are health care professionals.  Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients, including athletes.
  • Is a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association since 1991.
  • Profile of Athletic Trainers
  • For more information about AT or specific health safety issues, see NYSATA’s Public Resource page and AT/Members Resource page


In order to legally practice as an Athletic Trainer and use the ATC credential, both the national (BOC) and state credentials must be obtained.

  • National (Board of Certification)
    • Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer
    • Criteria:
      • Eligibility for BOC exam:
        • College degree in Athletic Training (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s), including successful completion of requirements of a CAATE-Accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) – eligible to apply when enrolled in final semester
        • Endorsement by Program Director of CAATE-Accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)
      • Eligibility for BOC certification (ATC credential):
        • Successful completion of BOC certification exam
        • Official (final) college transcript with degree and date of degree
        • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) training (CPR Certification)
  •  NY State
    • NYSED Office of the Professions 
    • Criteria:
      • Completed BOC Certification (national)
      • 21 years of age
      • NYSED Application
      • NYSED Certification of Professional Education, including copy of final official college transcript – completed by College/University where AT degree was completed
      • Verification of other professional licensure/certification, if applicable

Education & Accredited AT Programs

Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings, such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program.

  • Note: Following completion if the appropriate education and degree, proper national and state credentialing must be obtained in order to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Please see the Credentialing/Certifications tab for more information.

Employment & Post-Graduate Education

  • Employment Settings/Opportunities
    • The most common employment settings include work in secondary schools, colleges & universities, clinics, and professional sports, however, certified athletic trainers may work in any setting outlined in the NYS Practice Act under the supervision of a NYS licensed physician.
      • Both High School and College/University positions can be set up in various ways (full- or part-time) with or without a combination of job responsibilities/titles: teaching responsibilities (teacher-AT, college lecturer/clinical professor-AT), administrator -AT, nurse office/health center-AT, clinic outreach-AT
    • Job Settings (NATA)
    • Graduate Assistantships & Internships
    • AT Employment Opportunities

  • Post-Graduate Education/Opportunities
    • CAATE-Accredited AT Master’s Programs
    • Graduate Assistantships & Internships
      • Many colleges/universities look to hire certified ATs in Graduate Assistantships or Intern positions.  These positions include an annual stipend and typically partial to full tuition breaks for a Post-Professional AT to pursue an advanced degree or additional coursework.
      • For a current listing of open positions:


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