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Professional Athletic Training


The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education has recently mandated that all Athletic Training programs must result in granting students a Master of Science in Athletic Training. In preparation for this, Georgia Southern University will not accept students for admittance into the undergraduate Athletic Training program after Fall 2019. Georgia Southern is currently working on plans to transition to a Master of Science in Athletic Training.

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Format: In Person at Statesboro Campus

Welcome to the Athletic Training program (ATP) at Georgia Southern University.

The athletic training major allows you to pursue your interests in athletic training, and in health and human sciences. You will gain experience in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical field. Through clinical coursework, you will be exposed to a variety of clinical settings through opportunities with:

  • The Southern athletic teams
  • Southern recreation and club teams
  • Area high school athletic teams
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • General medical illness clinics
  • Radiologists
  • Emergency rooms

Because our ATP is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), you will be prepared for entry-level certified athletic training after completing the program. You can immediately apply to the Board of Certification to become a certified trainer; and you leave Georgia Southern with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Our ATP is a three-year professional program. Our athletic training majors complete six consecutive semesters of clinical and classroom coursework. This coursework focuses on the allied health profession, and encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Georgia Southern’s athletic training major is highly competitive and selective. We accept a limited number of students annually – approximately 20 students. Meeting the criteria for application does not guarantee admission into our ATP. You must successfully complete all application requirements to be a competitive applicant.

Information for Applicants:

  • Applications are due on April 1st
  • Submit your application to the undergraduate athletic training program director
  • Applications are accepted during the spring semester each year

Costs Associated with ATP: AT Program Costs

Looking for more information about this degree program? Check out Georgia Southern’s athletic training major curriculum and career outcomes.

Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications:  Board of Certification (BOC) to attain Athletic Training Certification (ATC) and state licensure.

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology has not determined whether this program satisfies the requirements of all states and territories for Board of Certification (BOC) to attain an Athletic Training Certification (ATC) and state license territories. Visit the Board of Certification For the Athletic Trainer, to determine the requirements of your state or territory.

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for Board of Certification (BOC) to attain Athletic Training Certificate (ATC) in 49 states excluding California and the District of Columbia and apply for state licensure in states requiring a license. 

Contact Us

Steve Patterson Ed.D., ATC, LAT
Program Director and Clinical Instructor of Athletic Training
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis 1119B
Phone: 912-478-8014
Fax: 912-478-0381

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Last updated: 9/3/2021