Soon, a master’s degree will be required in order to become a certified athletic trainer. The University of Pittsburgh is committed to preparing athletic training students for professional practice and is actively seeking to develop programs to meet this requirement. Such programs are subject to approval by the Provost before students can be admitted.
The University of Pittsburgh's well-established athletic training program prepares students in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes and the physically active-skills important for a career in the multidisciplinary field of sports medicine. Athletic trainers administer immediate emergency care and, under the supervision of a licensed physician, help develop a treatment program based on medical, exercise, and sports sciences.
The program is structured to provide a rigorous plan of study to include both academic and clinical education experiences. Students rotate through four on-campus athletic training facilities and several off-site affiliated settings during their clinical education, acquiring valuable clinical skills under the direct supervision of certified athletic training staff in a variety of clinical experience settings including all levels of collegiate athletics, secondary schools, sports medicine clinics, and professional sports.
Established in 1978 as a National Athletic Trainers’ Association-approved curriculum, the program has since passed an extensive evaluation earning initial accreditation in 1997 and continuing accreditation in 2004 and 2012. The next accreditation review, including on-site evaluation, will be scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year and overseen by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Upon successful completion of the four-year baccalaureate degree, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. certification examination. Successful completion of licensing exams affords the candidate a variety of employment opportunities and graduate education options, including athletic training services in a number of Sports Medicine professions.