About Athletic Training

Athletic Training (AT):

  • Encompasses the prevention, evaluation and assessment, rehabilitation, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
  • Is practiced by nationally and state credentialed Athletic Trainers, who are health care professionals.  Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients, including athletes.
  • Is a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association since 1991.
  • Profile of Athletic Trainers
  • For more information about AT or specific health safety issues, see NYSATA’s Public Resource page and AT/Members Resource page


In order to legally practice as an Athletic Trainer and use the ATC credential, both the national (BOC) and state credentials must be obtained.

  • National (Board of Certification)
  • Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer
  • Criteria:
    • Eligibility for BOC exam:
      • College degree in Athletic Training (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s), including successful completion of requirements of a CAATE-Accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) – eligible to apply when enrolled in final semester
      • Endorsement by Program Director of CAATE-Accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)
    • Eligibility for BOC certification (ATC credential):
      • Successful completion of BOC certification exam
      • Official (final) college transcript with degree and date of degree
      • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) training (CPR Certification)
  •  NY State
    • NYSED Office of the Professions 
    • Criteria:
      • Completed BOC Certification (national)
      • 21 years of age
      • NYSED Application
      • NYSED Certification of Professional Education, including copy of final official college transcript – completed by College/University where AT degree was completed
      • Verification of other professional licensure/certification, if applicable


Education & Accredited AT Programs

Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings, such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program.

  • Note: Following completion if the appropriate education and degree, proper national and state credentialing must be obtained in order to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Please see the Credentialing/Certifications tab for more information.
Employment and Post-Graduate Education
  • Employment Settings/Opportunities
  • The most common employment settings include work in secondary schools, colleges & universities, clinics, and professional sports, however, certified athletic trainers may work in any setting outlined in the NYS Practice Act under the supervision of a NYS licensed physician.
    • Both High School and College/University positions can be set up in various ways (full- or part-time) with or without a combination of job responsibilities/titles: teaching responsibilities (teacher-AT, college lecturer/clinical professor-AT), administrator -AT, nurse office/health center-AT, clinic outreach-AT
  • Job Settings (NATA)
  • Graduate Assistantships & Internships
  • AT Employment Opportunities
  • Post-Graduate Education/Opportunities
    • CAATE-Accredited AT Master’s Programs
    • Graduate Assistantships & Internships
      • Many colleges/universities look to hire certified ATs in Graduate Assistantships or Intern positions.  These positions include an annual stipend and typically partial to full tuition breaks for a Post-Professional AT to pursue an advanced degree or additional coursework.
      • For a current listing of open positions:

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    NYSATA Mission

    The mission of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association shall be to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of health care for the physically active in New York State.

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