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Athletic Training

What is an athletic trainer?

As announced on May 20, 2015, the Strategic Alliance of Athletic Training including the Board of Certification of Athletic Training (BOC), The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the NATA Foundation has determined that the professional degree for athletic training be a master’s degree. Therefore, the athletic training, as a profession, is in transition from being delivered at the bachelor's level to the master’s level.

The transition doesn’t change the overall academic outcome for most students wanting to become athletic trainers.  Most AT's (80%) hold a master's degree or higher, receiving a bachelor's in athletic training and then a master's in a related area. The transition just flip-flops this process. Now you will earn a degree in a related field that prepares them to pursue a master’s of athletic training similar to other rehabilitation related healthcare professions.

As of the fall of 2017, the Washburn University Kinesiology Department is no longer accepting students into the bachelor of science in athletic training major. The program will be phased out in May 2020. Instead, students will pursue a bachelor of science in exercise and rehabilitation science and then a master’s of athletic training in a program of their choosing. If you are interested in this exciting new avenue to athletic training certification, contact John Burns, kinesiology department faculty, for more information at

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Kinesiology Department
Petro Allied Health Center, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1459
Fax: 785.670.1059
Secretary: Nancy Province

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