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Athletic training is the prevention, care, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness and injury in the physically active. Bethel's athletic training program is designed to give students top-quality clinical experiences in cutting-edge facilities and comprehensively prepare students for careers as certified athletic trainers.

Why should I study athletic training?

Our Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. You'll prepare 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.

As a preprofessional program, you're required to submit an application in your second year. Admission requirements for this program, including the Communicable Disease Policy and specific admission standards, are availble on the program admission requirements page.

What can I do with this degree?

Bethel's undergraduate athletic training program is a great first step into the new M.S. in Athletic Training and becoming a certified athletic trainer. Bethel has also recently launched an M.A. in Athletic Training Leadership, which gives certified athletic trainers robust leadership training to set themselves apart in their field. 

Our graduates currently work as certified athletic trainers in a variety of settings:

  • Professional sports teams
  • Collegiate sports teams and college wellness
  • Secondary schools
  • Hospitals
  • Sports medicine clinics

Some have gone on to graduate programs 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

Some of our alumni have pursued graduate study in the following fields:

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

What skills will I develop?

  • Critical thinking
  • Mechanics of human physiology and movement
  • Effective collaboration and communication with others
  • Injury prevention and care strategies
  • Promoting the well-being of the whole person
  • Emergency response care for athletic injuries
  • Motivating and encouraging athletes to aid the physical and psychological care and/or rehab

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

On- and Off-campus Clinical Experiences

Students first experience a season with one of Bethel’s 16 sports teams, working alongside the staff athletic trainer. In addition, students connect with one of our many contacts in the metro area to gain hands-on experience in prevention and rehab settings. Our network can connect students with a site that matches their desired career goals--working with a sports team, in a clinic, or with a school.

Study Abroad

Our students can take an interim abroad trip with the biokinetics students to Belize, Central America. This trip is specifically designed for ATP and biokinetics students to introduce a wide range of integrative medicinal practices from several cultures to aid in holistic treatment of athletes.

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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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