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Athletic Training

Preparing students with knowledge, skills and abilities.

Athletic Training

In tandem with national changes, SRU has transitioned the Athletic Training Bachelor of Science (BS) program to a Master of Science degree.  As a result, SRU is no longer accepting undergraduate students into the Athletic Training BS program.  The SRU Class of 2020 will be the last cohort to graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.

The Athletic Training Graduate Program application process for the 2020-2021 academic year will open July 1, 2019.  Visit SRU Graduate Admissions for further details about the application process.

For summer 2020, SRU's Athletic Training graduate program is offering a $300 textbook scholarship for the first 10 students enrolled in the graduate program in July 2020.

Program highlights

We prepare athletic trainers with the professional skills employers want.

The Athletic Training (AT) Program at Slippery Rock University is a combination of rigorous academic instruction and authentic clinical experience.  The AT Program prepares prepares proficient healthcare practitioners who will collaborate with other medical professionals to optimize the activity and wellness of patients and clients in sport, work, and life.  The Athletic Training program at Slippery Rock University engages students in the science of athletic training focusing on patient-centered injury and illness prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.  Specifically, the SRU AT Graduate Program emphasizes a distinct concentration on advanced therapeutic rehabilitation interventions.

We prepare athletic trainers with professional qualities employers want.

The AT Program is guided by the athletic training professional standards and competencies as well as the core program values of professionalism, respect, compassion, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice and student-centered learning.  Students develop communication, organization, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making skills necessary for proficient practice with a diverse population.

We prepare athletic trainers to pass the BOC examination.

Students successfully completing the AT Program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.  Graduates who pass the BOC examination are qualified to deliver quality healthcare in various employment settings, such as high schools, colleges, professional sports, industrial, military, and performing arts.  Graduates are also prepared to contribute to the global medical community by reducing healthcare costs, improving healthcare accessibility, preventing and managing diseases, and promoting wellness.  View the Athletic Training Program's BOC Pass Rate and other Program Outcomes Data.


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 2021-2022 academic year. 

professional certification and licensure

All students successfully completing the AT program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC), Inc. examination.  Additionally, athletic trainers must hold licensure credentials in the state they practice.  As regulations vary by state, please check the proper state regulatory credentials.

Teresa is stretching out a patient's arm.