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Top Athletic Training Colleges in the U.S.

Find out which top colleges offer degrees in athletic training. Read brief summaries of the programs offered by three top-notch schools, and use the list at the end of the resource to get an idea of what other colleges in the U.S. provide training for aspiring athletic trainers.

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School Overview

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in athletic training will most likely need a degree from a college or university with a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The three schools featured below offer CAATE-approved programs that can lead to a bachelor's degree in athletic training. Learning outcomes include the ability to prevent, recognize and manage injuries caused by physical activities.

Top U.S. Schools with Athletic Training Programs

1. Alfred University in Alfred, NY

Alfred University was ranked 18th among northern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The university offers a major in athletic training and a minor in exercise science. Students can also participate in sports through the school's 21 varsity teams. Graduates of the athletic training program are eligible to take the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Examination.

2. Lewis University in Romeoville, IL

Lewis University was named a top Midwestern college by The Princeton Review and ranked 41st among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a minor in athletic coaching. Graduates of the athletic training program are prepared for employment in a wide variety of work environments, including fitness centers, country clubs, YMCAs and sports medicine clinics.

3. Anderson University in Anderson, IN

U.S. News & World Report ranked Anderson University 44th among Midwestern regional universities in 2012. Founded in 1917, Anderson was the first private university in Indiana to receive CAATE accreditation. Students completing the athletic training major have access to therapeutic and rehabilitation equipment at the school's Gaither Sports Medicine Center.

List of Ten Good Colleges for Athletic Training in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Alfred UniversityInternships are available at schools, hospitals and clinicsAlfred, NY
Anderson UniversityClinical assignments available both on and off campusAnderson, IN
Ashland UniversityOpportunity to travel with sports teamsAshland, OH
Clarke UniversityCatholic affiliationDubuque, IA
East Carolina UniversityAthletic training students participate in community service projectsGreenville, NC
Greensboro CollegeStudents can join the Athletic Training ClubGreensboro, NC
Lewis University14:1 student-faculty-ratioRomeoville, IL
Shenandoah UniversityOne-on-one instruction available in the athletic training programWinchester, VA
University of New EnglandOnly medical school in MaineBiddeford, ME
Wichita State UniversityOnly urban research state university in KansasWichita, KS
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