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Athletic Training Major
  • Do you enjoy working with people? Are you interested in health care, fitness and sports?
    Do you relish the challenge of problem solving? Consider becoming an athletic trainer. With an athletic training degree from Capital, you'll be well equipped for a varied, fast-paced and exciting career.


    You are a unique individual ... and we believe your education should reflect that. So we'll tailor our program to fit your needs and interests. Do you want to work with athletes in a high-school setting? Would you like to work closely with physicians? We'll arrange internships and clinical experiences to give you extensive targeted, hands-on training even before you graduate.


    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin. 


    Capital's undergraduate athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) an honor we've earned every year since 1990. Capital is one of the few colleges or universities in Central Ohio with CAATE accreditation and one of only 26 such programs in the state.


    Our full-time faculty members play three complementary roles: classroom teacher, clinical instructor and adviser. This gives our faculty a deep and thorough understanding of where you are academically. They can offer support where you need it most and challenge you in ways that will expand your professional horizons.

    Class Size

    As an athletic training major, you'll get lots of individual attention. Classes are small. What's more, the teacher/student ratio for classroom courses is one professor to every six or seven students. In clinical setting, it's frequently one-to-one.


    Capital's 1,800-square-foot training facility is among the finest at the NCAA Division III level. Our athletic training room is located right next to a laboratory classroom and a rehabilitation room. Our modern treatment, rehabilitation and conditioning equipment will prepare you to work with clients in off-campus clinical and internship environments.

    Prerequisites for the Program

    You've decided you want to be an athletic training major. What happens next?

    Athletic training is a competitive, pre-professional program. While you can declare your major as soon as you're accepted to Capital, you must also formally apply and be admitted to the program.

    Formal admission to the program will take place at the end of the second semester and must be earned by demonstrated performance in several areas:

    • Completion of 24 semester hours of undergraduate courses including Bio 151, Chem 101, HSPTS 161, HSPTS 260 and HSPTS 289.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application.
    • Directed observations (min 5 practices and 1 game) prior to application deadline. A journal detailing the directed observations must be submitted as well.
    • Technical Standards must be completed verifying that they meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations.
    • Communicable Disease Policy must be signed and submitted.

    Once you've been accepted to Capital's athletic training program, you must:

    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Pass each athletic training course with a minimum grade of C
    • Pass each clinical experience with a minimum grade of B

    There are a number of programs at Capital whose students incur additional fees. As an athletic training major, you’ll have to pay for:

    • Athletic training attire
    • Personal medical equipment
    • Liability insurance
    • Transportation to clinical sites
    • Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association
    • A background check

    The exact amount of these fees will vary from year to year.

    Board of Certification Examination Results

    In order to obtain a certification in athletic training, a person must be a graduate of an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Information regarding this process is available at The data for graduates of the Capital University ATP and BOC data are presented in the tables below. 


    Athletic Training Program Graduation and BOC Exam Rates
    Athletic Training Program Data from Capital University  2012 Graduates  2013 Graduates  2014 Graduates
    Program Graduates 11 4 4
    Graduates Attempting BOC Exam 10 (91%) 4 (100%) 4 (100%)
    First Time Pass on BOC Exam 9 (90%) 4 (100%) 4 (100%)
    Total Pass on BOC Exam 9 (90%) 4 (100%) 4 (100%)


    Athletic Training Program Graduation and BOC Exam Rates
    BOC  2011-2012 Reporting Year  2012-2013 Reporting Year  2013-2014 Reporting Year
    Exams Taken in Period 4886 4955 4975
    Total Candidates 4886 4096 4110
    First Time Candidates 3222 3635 3680
    First Time Passing 2653 2939 3049
    First Time Passing Rate 82.30% 80.85% 82.85%

    Source: Board of Certification PASS Reports