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Athletic Training

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

School: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Athletic trainers are health care professionals best known for their role in sports medicine. They collaborate with physicians to provide preventive and emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Students interested in the athletic training undergraduate professional program must have sophomore standing prior to autumn semester admission and must have completed the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher by the end of spring semester sophomore year:

  • College algebra or higher
  • General biology
  • Two athletic training pre-major courses
  • General chemistry
  • Human anatomy
  • Medical terminology

The athletic training program consists of at least six semesters of course work and extensive concurrent clinical fieldwork. Students learn all aspects of professional practice, including theory, clinical practice and research.

Ohio State’s athletic training program features hands-on, personalized instruction from a nationally respected faculty of professional athletic trainers and state-of-the-art facilities in Ohio State’s seven athletic training facilities and research labs.

The undergraduate athletic training program will be converted into a graduate program beginning summer 2021 due to changing accreditation requirements. The last anticipated term incoming freshmen can begin the program is autumn 2020.

The athletic training program offers a student exchange program with the University of Camilo Jose Cela in Spain. Through this program, students can spend part of a semester abroad in Madrid.

Students in Ohio State’s athletic training program will experience a semester-long off-campus internship at one of more than 20 affiliated clinical sites and four to five clinicals working with elite-level athletes on Ohio State’s 37 intercollegiate athletics teams.

Co-curricular opportunities for athletic training students include the Athletic Training Club and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council.

Most athletic trainers provide care for competitive athletes in professional, college and high school athletics. One third of all athletic trainers work in outpatient clinics caring for competitive athletes, recreational athletes and physically active people. Athletic trainers also work in occuptational medicine settings and provide care to patients inindustrial settings, the performing arts, the military and government agencies such as NASA. 

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the national average wage for athletic trainers in 2016 was $51,138. Salary varies by practice setting, experience and geographic region. For example, NCAA Division I head athletic trainers earn an average of $76,370, and professional football athletic trainers earn an average of $118,335.