Athletic Training


Important Update for the Profession of Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance recently announced that effective 2022, the minimum entry degree for athletic training will be the master’s degree. The mandated implementation timeline means that no institutions may enroll students in a Bachelor’s program in athletic training beginning with the Fall, 2022 semester.  Follow this link to learn more about this important change.
Does Manchester University meet the requirements of this mandate?

ABSOLUTELY!  Manchester University’s CAATE-accredited entry-level master’s degree in athletic training was established in 2010, and continues to be very successful in preparing individuals for careers as Certified Athletic Trainers.

What does this mean for students wishing to become Certified Athletic Trainers?
It means that Manchester University will not be accepting students to the undergraduate major in athletic training after the Fall, 2016 semester. This proactive measure is being taken by the University prior to the mandated deadline in order to protect the investment and future marketability of our students. After Fall, 2016, students desiring to become Certified Athletic Trainers will have the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate major in another discipline (e.g. Exercise Science) at Manchester and transition to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program. A 5-year combined degree program is expected to be in place very soon.

Does this change have any effect on applicants who have received their undergraduate degree at an institution other than Manchester University?
No. Persons completing an undergraduate degree at another institution are still eligible to apply to the MAT program. For these individuals, the graduate program will be completed in two academic years.

​Nationally accredited

Manchester University offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in athletic training. 

The educational program in athletic training has been nationally accredited since 2000, and graduates are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) test. Successful completion of this test leads to the credential "ATC" (Certified Athletic Trainer).

The athletic training education program at Manchester University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs ( The program is fully accredited through 2020-2021.

"The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC ®) works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems. Athletic trainers are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, corporate/industrial, and other health care settings."1

1Standards and Guidelines, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE)