Top Schools with Athletic Training Programs

Athletic trainers often work with physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent sports-related injuries. These trainers may work in hospitals, medical offices, college campuses or with sports teams. Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in athletic training.

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Top Athletic Training Schools

1. Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College is a private college founded in 1892, which prides itself on having a curriculum that blends theory with experience. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Ithaca College seventh among universities in the north. College facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center with a climbing wall, indoor pool, outdoor pool and wood floor gym. Students in the athletic training program work with the college's 25 sports teams throughout their training. Ithaca College offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science in their School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

2. University of Texas in Austin

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, founded in 1883, is one of the oldest institutions in Texas and among the largest universities in the United States. U.S. News and World Report's 2011 college rankings placed the University of Texas 45th overall among national universities and 13th among U.S. public universities. UT offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

3. California State University - Long Beach

California State University (CSU) was founded in 1949 and originally named Los Angeles - Orange County State College. CSU was ranked fourth best public regional university 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 2011. CSU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Exercise Science in their Kinesiology Department.

Ten Good Schools with Athletic Training Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University Ranked in the top ten public universities for research expenditures by the National Science Foundation Columbus, OH
University of Florida The state's oldest university Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign Ranks 15th among public schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2011 Champaign, IL
Michigan State University In top 100 of the Top World Universities by Reputation 2011 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 140 online courses available Jonesboro, AR
Ithaca College Faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12 Ithaca, NY
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