Athletic Training is a cooperative educational program housed in the Department of Health & Kinesiology with support from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Division of Recreational Sports, and the Purdue University Student Health Center. The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level athletic trainers through an extensive curriculum of didactic and clinical experiences and to prepare students to sit for and pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Athletic Training also offers excellent preparation for graduate or professional school in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant and many other areas. Athletic Training students participate in numerous clinical experiences with our varsity athletic teams.
Important note on selective review: All students begin as pre-athletic training majors. After completing the first year of courses - including supervised, instructional work in clinical settings – students must apply for selection to the athletic training major. The program is highly selective, with only 10-15 students advancing to the sophomore year (typically from a pool of approximately 50 students) to complete the remaining three years of the program. Students not selected for athletic training work with their academic advisor to plan for an alternative major; related majors include Applied Exercise and Health, Movement and Sport Sciences, Public Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Health, and Health Sciences Pre-Professional.
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Careers in Athletic Training
Typically, the employment rate for graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology is 94%.
Certified Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to the following areas:
- Professional and collegiate sports
- Secondary and intermediate schools
- Sports medicine clinics
- Hospital emergency rooms and rehab clinics
- Occupational settings
- Performing arts
- Law enforcement and military
- Physician offices
Graduate/Professional School Options
About 88% of graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology who to graduate/professional school earn a spot.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Medicine (MD or DO)
- Athletic Training
- Exercise Physiology
- Recreation and Sport Management
- 5-Year Accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH)
Transfer to Athletic Training
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Also: Transfer admission is to pre-athletic training. At the minimum, transfer students must complete two semesters in pre-athletic training at Purdue West Lafayette (beginning in the fall), taking an HK 10100 clinical course each semester. Other coursework is required for students to transition into the upper division athletic training program; these courses may be taken at Purdue or satisfied through transfer credit. Consult this website or the department for more information.
Contact InformationHHS Undergraduate Student Services