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Careers in Athletic Training. VSU Athletic Training Education Program. How to Become A Certified Athletic Trainer. Attend and graduate from an university that has an accredited Athletic Training program Listing of accredited programs can be found at

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careers in athletic training

Careers in Athletic Training

VSU Athletic Training Education Program

how to become a certified athletic trainer
How to Become A Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Attend and graduate from an university that has an accredited Athletic Training program
    • Listing of accredited programs can be found at
    • There are 5 accredited programs in Georgia
      • Valdosta State University
      • University of Georgia
      • Georgia College and State University
      • North Georgia College
      • Georgia Southern University
to become a certified athletic trainer
To Become A Certified Athletic Trainer
  • A degree from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program will provide you with knowledge and skills in the domains of Athletic Training.
domains of athletic training
Risk Management and Injury Prevention

Pathology of Injury and Illnesses

Assessment and Evaluation

Acute care of Injury and Illness


Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic Modalities

General Medicine Conditions and Disabilities

Nutritional Aspects of Illness and Injury

Psychosocial Intervention and Referral

Health Care Administration

Professional Development and Responsibility

Domains of Athletic Training
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How to Become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • Upon graduation from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program, the student is eligible to sit for a national certification offered through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.
what are the career possibilities
What are the career possibilities?
  • High School
  • Professional Sports
  • College/University
  • Corporate/Industrial
  • Clinic/Hospital
  • Physician Extender
  • Other
high school atc
High School ATC
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, teaching certificate if a teacher/trainer
  • Salary: Typically paid a teacher’s salary: GA $29,259.00 with 0 yrs experience (GA DOE 2003), plus an additional stipend ($2,000-6,000)
  • Duties: Teaching if applicable, provide care for all student athletes utilizing all the domains of Athletic Training
  • Staffing: 1-2 ATC’s per high school
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High School ATC

Brian Davis, ATC: Valdosta High School

professional sports
Professional Sports
  • Education: Bachelors and/or Masters
  • Salaries: vary from sport to sport and franchise to franchise (minor league = minor salary )
  • Duties: All domains of Athletic Training
  • Staffing: NFL 3-4 F/T ATC’s + interns, MLB 2-3 F/T ATC’s, NBA 2 F/T ATC’s, NHL 2 F/T ATC’s, WNBA 1-2 ATC’s, PBR
professional sports atc
Professional Sports ATC

L-R, Billy Rehl, MS, ATC, Scott Trulock, MS, ATC, Pat Jernigan, MS, ATC

2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Intern and Assistant Athletic Trainers

professional sport atc
Professional Sport ATC

NHL Hockey ATC


college university atc
College/University ATC
  • Education: Master’s degree
  • Salary: Varies at each institution ($35,000 (NATA, 2003) + Teaching responsibilities may increase pay per credit hour taught or Administrative duties
  • Duties: Teaching, all domains of Athletic Training
  • Staffing: Typically larger institutions and those with Athletic Training Education Programs have larger staffs, though it varies
corporate industrial atc s
Corporate/Industrial ATC’s
  • Education: Bachelor’s required, most have a Masters. Additional training: Strength and Conditioning Specialist, HazMat Training, or Ergonomics Specialist
  • Salary: $44,000 (experienced)
  • Duties: All Domains of Athletic Training: Emphasis may be on Rehabilitation, Administration, and Conditioning
  • May depend on hrs facility is open, 1-2 ATC’s
industrial atc
Industrial ATC

Ergonomic Education

Fitness Education

clinic hospital
  • Education: Bachelor’s
  • Salary: varies inpatient/outreach $31,000-$44,000 (NATA, 2003)
  • Duties: May provide inpatient care, outreach only, or ½ inpatient and ½ outreach
  • Staffing: Outreach: 1 ATC/1 site or 1 ATC/ 2 or more sites
physician extender
Physician Extender
  • Education: Bachelors/Masters
  • Salary: $36,000 (NATA, 2003)
  • Duties: Work alongside a physician and provide evaluation and rehabilitation to patients in the physicians office in addition to casting and even assisting in surgery
  • Staffing: varies, 1 ATC/1 MD or 1 ATC/group of physicians
physician extender atc
Physician Extender ATC

NATA Physician Extender Brochure, 2003

  • ATC working in a hospital on the floor
opportunities i have had as an atc
Travel to France

Travel to Scotland

Continuing education opportunities across the US

ATC for the 1996 Olympic Games, Olympic Village


Being part of championship teams

Host NCAA Division II Baseball World Series

Service to the GATA, NATA, and SEATA to give back

Have an impact on someone else’s life

Opportunities I have had as an ATC
learn more about athletic training
Learn more about Athletic Training
  • Come visit the Athletic Training Education Booth(s).
  • NATA, Salary Survey for Certified Athletic Trainers, (2003)
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association. (2003). Physician Extender Brochure.