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Best Schools with Athletic Training Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Not to be confused with fitness trainers, athletic trainers are healthcare professionals that help to treat and prevent injuries in clients and patients. A bachelor's degree is typically the minimum requirement to work in this field, but many athletic trainers pursue graduate educations. Master's and doctoral degrees in athletic training are available from some of the country's top universities.

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Top Schools with Athletic Training Graduate Programs

1. Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is a 4-year, public university. Penn State offers a kinesiology program that allows graduate students to concentrate in athletic training and sports medicine. Housed in the university's College of Health and Human Development, the doctoral kinesiology program at Penn State was ranked the best in the nation in 2005 by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (www.aakpe.org). The athletic training and sports medicine concentration is heavily research-based and graduate students have access to extensive lab and research equipment, as well as clinical populations. Depending on their program of study, students graduate with either a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, with a concentration in athletic training and sports medicine.

Contact Information

  • Address: 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802
  • Phone Number: (814) 865-4700

2. University of Illinois in Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (UI) is a public, 4-year school. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked this university 39th in the nation. The Department of Kinesiology & Community Health, a division of the College of Applied Health Sciences at UI, offers graduate programs in kinesiology, which lead to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. Exercise physiology and athletic training is included among four areas of specialization. Graduate students in this specialization study movement efficiency, energy transfer and work output, which prepares them for careers preventing and treating injury in athletes and other physically active individuals.

Contact Information

  • Address: 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone Number: (217) 333-1000

List of 15 High-Ranking Schools with Athletic Training Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Florida 51,474 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
Michigan State University 46,510 250 Hannah Administration Bldg., E. Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
Pennsylvania State University 44,406 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 (814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 43,246 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
University of Michigan 41,028 515 E. Jefferson, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Tennessee 30,410 527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996 (865) 974-1000
University of Arkansas 19,194 Administration Bldg. 425, Fayetteville, AK 72701 (479) 575-2000
St. Louis University 16,086 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 (314) 977-2222
University of Miami 15,323 1252 Memorial Dr., Ashe Bldg. 132, Coral Gables, FL 33124 (305) 284-2211
University of Nebraska - Omaha 14,213 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182 (402) 554-2800
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 9,807 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403 (423) 425-4111
University of Findlay 5,761 1000 N. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840 (419) 422-8313
California Baptist University 4,013 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 689-5771
Shenandoah University 3,511 1460 University Dr., Winchester, VA 22601 (540) 665-4500
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2,904 3601 4th St., Rm. 3B305A, Lubbock, TX 79430 (806) 743-2484
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