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Top Schools with Athletic Training Programs

Read about the top schools for athletic trainers, who often work with physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent sports-related injuries. Learn about the degree options at three top-notch schools, and review some other universities in the U.S. that offer good programs in athletic training.

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Formal education programs for athletic trainers can be found at nationally and regionally ranked universities, including Ithaca College, the University of Texas in Austin and California State University in Long Beach. All three of these schools offer both bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Top U.S. Schools with Athletic Training Programs

1. Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College is a private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked seventh among universities in the North for 2011. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science through the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Students in the athletic training program work with the college's 25 sports teams throughout their education. College facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a climbing wall and wood-floor gym.

2. University of Texas in Austin

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Texas (UT) at Austin 45th among national universities and 13th among public universities in the United States. One of the oldest institutions in the state and one of the largest universities in the country, UT offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

3. California State University - Long Beach

California State University (CSU) ranked fourth among public regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. CSU was also named one of the 'Best in the West' colleges by The Princeton Review in the same year. Through its Kinesiology Department, CSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise Science and Master of Science in Exercise Science.

Ten Good Schools with Athletic Training Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University Ranked among the top ten public universities for research expenditures by the National Science Foundation Columbus, OH
University of Florida State's oldest university Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign Ranked 15th among public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 Champaign, IL
Michigan State University In 2011, placed in the top 100 on the 'Top World Universities by Reputation' list, published by Times Higher Education East Lansing, MI
University of Michigan First public university in the Northwest Territory Ann Arbor, MI
University of South Florida One of the nation's top public research universities Tampa, FL
University of Texas One of the oldest institutions in Texas Austin, TX
California State University NCAA recognition for academic progress rate Long Beach, CA
Arkansas State University Offers 140 online courses Jonesboro, AR
Ithaca College Faculty-to-student ratio of 1:12 Ithaca, NY
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