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Athletic Training (Pre)

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 assistant and many other areas. Athletic Training students participate in numerous clinical experiences with our varsity athletic teams that result in more than 1,500 hours of hands-on experience.

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 10-20 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 Public HealthNutrition, Fitness and Health, and Health Sciences Pre-Professional.

Plan of Study

Athletic Training (Pre) Webpage

Transfer to Athletic Training (Pre)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA 2.5

Athletic Training students must transfer into pre-major Athletic Training program. All students wishing to pursue the Athletic Training major must complete two semesters (beginning in a fall semester) of Pre-Athletic Training at Purdue West Lafayette, including the HK 10100 clinical course each semester. The following courses, or their equivalents, must be completed to be considered for admission to the Athletic Training major with transfer credits or at Purdue West Lafayette by the end of the Pre-Athletic Training year: BIOL 20300, BIOL 20400, ENGL 10600, HK 10100 (2 semesters), HK 13500, HK 20800, MA 15800, and PSY 12000. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in all of these courses for application to the Athletic Training major. 

Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533

College of Health and Human Sciences

Careers in Athletic Training (Pre)

Typically, the employment rate for graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology is 95%.

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

Typically, 85-90%% of graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology who apply to graduate/professional school earn a spot.

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