An athletic trainer is a health care professional certified by the Board of Athletic Trainers who can specialize in preventing and rehabilitating athletic and sports-related illnesses and injuries. To become certified, a student must graduate from an accredited college and pass a test from a certification board.

University of Texas

With a faculty-to-student ratio of 1:19, the University of Texas is considered one of the premiere schools for a degree in athletic training. It received the No. 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report. Students interested in the athletic training program must complete prerequisites and submit a separate application for admission to the program.

The University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station Austin, Texas 78712 (512) 475-7348 utexas.edu

Ithaca College

Ithaca College requires students to complete rigorous coursework in addition to hands-on training. This training begins in the sophomore year and requires 720 hours of supervised clinical education on the College's 25 intercollegiate sports teams. This experience sets Ithaca’s Athletic Training program apart as one of the finest in the country, as graduates leave with more than months experience in this field.

Ithaca College 953 Danby Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 274-3011 ithaca.edu

California State University

California State University was ranked as the No. 3 public university for athletic training by U.S. News. This program is an option offered by the Department of Kinesiology and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

California State University 1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach, CA 90840 (800) 963-2250 csulb.edu

Texas State University

CampusExplorer.com ranks Texas State University No. 1 on its list of top athletic training schools. Both two- and four-year programs are offered.

Texas State University 601 University Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 245-2111 txstate.edu

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is accredited by CAATE and offers a four-year program in athletic training. This university was founded in 1849 and has an enrollment of more than 19,000 undergraduate students. A bachelor’s degree requires that students earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Eastern Michigan University 202 Welch Hall Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 487-1849 emich.edu