About the Undergraduate Program

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the Athletic Training Program at Slippery Rock University is to develop a competent and contributing entry-level health care professional in the field of athletic training. This will be accomplished by providing quality didactic and supervised/mentored clinical experiences in preparation to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Program Outcomes

  • Professional Interaction: To interact and communicate effectively and appropriately in oral, written and electronic formats with people in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Professional Decision Making: To utilize creativity and critical thinking skills in order to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to make informed decisions with justification and evidence-based support.
  • Professional Competence: To demonstrate entry-level athletic training knowledge, skills and abilities consistent with the National Athletic Trainers' Association Educational Competencies and the scope of practice as outlined by the Board of Certification Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis.
  • Professional Ethics: To deliver humane and ethical health care for individuals, which reflects respect and dignity for the individuality, ethnicity, culture, and ability of every physically active person, patient, client, and athlete.
  • Continued Professional Development: To continuously exercise intellectual growth with regard to, but not limited to, the profession, culture, and science of athletic training.


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 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.

The Athletic Training education program has a long history of accreditation becoming one of the first recognized programs in 1974.

In order for students to attain the BOC certification, an individual must complete a professional athletic training education program accredited by CAATE and pass the BOC certification exam.

caATe Accredited Program


Students who are accepted into the professional strand of the ATP are required to satisfy didactic (classroom) and clinical educational requirements throughout their remaining semesters in the program. Failure to maintain the minimum requirements for these will result in probation. If the deficiencies are not corrected to the satisfaction to the faculty by the end of the probationary period, the student will be permanently suspended from the program. Upon recommendation of the faculty, students achieving compliance with the minimum standards following a probationary status will be permitted to complete the ATP (which may require additional semesters).


  • $40 Required/approved uniforms (minimum of 1 uniform shirt)
  • $85 NATA membership (includes NATA, EATA, & PATS or other state association)
  • $10 SRU Athletic Training Association Annual Dues
  • $35 Athletic Training Student Liability Insurance, Annual fee (needed for each year)
  • $100 PA Criminal History Background Check (Act 34), PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), PA Department of Education or Department of Human Services FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) [depending on affiliate site assignment], PA Child Abuse Recognition and Report Act (Act 126) [depending on affiliate site assignment]
  • Inoculations current with OSHA requirements for healthcare providers
  • Others as required by affiliate sites
  • $100 Minimum for Transportation to off-campus clinical rotation (Cost dependent on location of assignment [range of 3 to 30 miles from SRU], cost of gas during specific off-campus assignment, and opportunities to car pool.