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Athletic Training

Athletic training is about more than getting people back in the game. It’s about health care for life and sport.

The Athletic Training major at Bethel will prepare you to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. We’ll show you how Christian faith influences you as a practitioner who helps prevent injuries, responds to emergencies, and helps active individuals recover from injuries or medical conditions.

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Athletic Training (B.A.) Major

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Intregrating Faith with Sports Medicine

Our Athletic Training Program (ATP) prepares graduates for careers in sports medicine as Certified Athletic Trainers or to continue on to other medical fields. Students learn to integrate their Christian faith and biblical principles with the disciplines of athletic training to develop a heart of service that takes a holistic approach to care. You’ll also learn the important skills of empathetic care, critical judgment, interpersonal and group communication, and cooperation with other healthcare professionals or school staff so you’re prepared for a successful career.

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Program Highlights

Hands-on experience

Our students can complete clinicals in universities; high schools; prominent sports medicine and orthopedic clinics; and even professional sports and major events.

Exceptional instructor to student ratios

Exceptional instructor to student ratios. Small class sizes allow students to receive more professional feedback and individualized instruction in classroom and clinical experiences.

Principles and ethics

We develop excellence in professional practice and conduct and adhere to the national association’s code of ethics and standards of practice.

Student and professional networking

Enhance your specific area of study and gain a network through interaction with professionals in healthcare and the Bethel University Student Athletic Training Society.

Help with employment

We actively pursue relevant educational opportunities and help students break into the field through our department’s wide network of contacts.

What can I do with a degree in Athletic Training?

The Athletic Training major at Bethel prepares graduates to become Certified Athletic Trainers or other allied health professionals.


Our graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Certified Athletic Trainers in professional sports, colleges, secondary schools, hospitals, and other settings

Areas of Study

Our graduates have gone on to study:

  • Post Professional Athletic Training
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine

Graduate Schools

Our graduates have gone on to study at:

  • Mayo School of Physical Therapy
  • Auburn University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Iowa
  • Des Moines University School of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Indiana State University

Accreditation and Affiliations

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Bethel's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which accredits professional, post-professional and residency programs in Athletic Training and is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA)

Bethel is an affialiate undergraduate program with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA)

Bethel is an affiliate undergraduate program with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA).

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