Athletic Training

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The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Program (ATP) prepares students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in athletic training. Grounded in 30 years of educational experience, the ATP at Gustavus Adolphus College is recognized for a combination of in-depth classroom experiences and application of theory through varied clinical experiences.

Completion of the ATP fulfills the requirements of the Board of Certification (BOC) for sitting for the national certification examination. Acceptance into the ATP is competitive. Criteria for selection are provided within this website.

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 2020-2021 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: https://bocatc.org/athletic-trainers#state-regulation

The college and the program is currently investigating transitioning to the masters’ level. The undergraduate program will continue to accept sophomore-level students through Spring 2022. The first-year class that enters Gustavus in Fall 2020 will be the last class eligible to apply for the undergraduate athletic training major. The program’s website will be updated as information is available about the transition. More information about the athletic training profession’s degree transition can be found on the CAATE’s website: https://caate.net/the-professional-degree/

CAATE Accredited Program