Athletic Training

Academics

Reputation of Excellence

A degree in athletic training from Gustavus carries a reputation of excellence that’s fifty years in the making. Grounded in a liberal arts curriculum that develops critical thinking for a wide range of clinical scenarios, our program provides the skills and training for an array of careers in this ever-evolving field.

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A Fast-Growing Field

A career in athletic training extends far beyond the playing field. Our alumni work in a variety of settings, from sports teams and recreational centers to hospitals and physicians’ offices. Explore the unique paths in this fast-growing field by collaborating with our committed faculty and supportive alumni network.

Program Outcomes What is an athletic trainer?
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Two Degree Tracks, One Incredible Program

Both degree tracks allow you to graduate with all the skills and certifications to start practicing immediately. In the traditional 4+2 Masters in Athletic Training program, you complete your baccalaureate degree and enter the program for a 2-year masters degree.

Post-baccalaureate

Masters Courses

Our 3+2 accelerated Masters in Athletic Training program allows you to graduate and start working in five years. Earn your bachelors degree in three years at Gustavus, where courses on physiology and human anatomy are supplemented with liberal arts courses that sharpen critical thinking skills. In your fourth year, start masters courses and clinical experiences.

Accelerated Masters Courses

Immersive Experiences

Our diverse clinical opportunities give students the practical experience they need to enter the workforce with confidence. Spend the first year of your masters program exploring potential career paths with in-person classes on campus and clinical experiences on campus and in the local community. In your second year, the flexibility and support of a fully online classroom allows students to pursue unique immersive clinical opportunities from anywhere in the United States while staying connected to a community of learners and supportive faculty.

Clinical Policies
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Training for the Future

In our fully equipped campus facilities, including a newly renovated athletic center, you’ll have all the equipment to put your skills to the test. Practice on our human simulation mannequins, student athletes, and other patients in the region through off-campus partnerships.

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Gustavus Adolphus College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2031-2032 academic year. Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training (California does not regulate the practice of athletic training). Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The Board of Certification (BOC) exam is recognized by all athletic trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. In order to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam, a student needs to graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Gustavus Adolphus College’s Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the CAATE, thus all students who graduate from the Gustavus Adolphus College’s Athletic Training Program are eligible for the BOC exam. With passing the BOC exam, those students would be eligible for state regulation in the 49 states and the District of Columbia (California does not regulate the practice of athletic training). Additional expectations of each state are the applicant’s responsibility and the Gustavus Adolphus College program administrators will assist an alumni applicant with documentation of those additional expectations, if they are within the purview of the program. Information on state regulation of athletic training can be found at the BOC website

The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Gustavus Adolphus College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. Gustavus Adolphus College is no longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2024. If approved, the MAT would be expected to enroll students to begin coursework in July of 2024.