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Athletic Trainers and Athlete


Important Note

In response to nationwide changes to the requirements for accreditation of Athletic Training education, all programs are transitioning from a bachelor's degree program in Athletic Training to a master's degree program in athletic training. As a result and effective as of 2019-2020 Academic Year, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program at San Diego State University (SDSU) is no longer accepting applications for new incoming freshmen. Current students admitted Fall 2018 and prior will be matriculated through the Athletic Training pre-major and will be eligible to apply to the Athletic Training major through Spring 2020.

The program will be available for new incoming transfer applicants for the only Fall 2020 academic year. Please note that beginning with fall 2021, new transfer students will not be allowed to apply to this major.

More information about the accreditation of athletic training education, and the professional degree change, can be found on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) website.

For specific information, or questions, regarding the professional degree change at San Diego State University, please contact Denise Lebsack,, Athletic Training Program Director.


2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Athletic Training Program!

posted 11/8/2017

Join in the celebration!

Visit the 50th Anniversary site for a look back at the history of the program, and for upcoming 50th Anniversary events!



What is Athletic Training?

Athletic Training is an allied health profession that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches along with administration and organizations of athletic medicine programs. The Certified Athletic Trainer is a qualified professional who is an integral part of an athletic program at the high school, university, professional or club level. Certified Athletic Trainers also work in clinical settings such as sports medicine clinics, military based clinics, and industrial sports medicine centers. The profession is recognized by The American Medical Association.

Since the founding of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in 1950, the role and skills of the athletic trainer have advanced dramatically. The increased emphasis on formal education and the implementation of a national certification exam have increased the standard of athletic trainers in the medical and health communities. Students wishing to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) examination, must graduate from a nationally accredited entry-level athletic training education program (ATEP). The accreditation process is based on identified standards recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). ATEP’s must meet these standards and build a sound curriculum of both academic focus and hands-on clinical experiences. San Diego State University received initial accreditation in 2000 and remains in good standing with the CAATE.




2019-20 Events

  • Nov 11:Veterans Day
  • Nov 27-29:Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 11: Last day of class
  • Dec 12-18: Finals
  • Jan 22: First day of class for Spring semester
  • Feb 1: Athletic Training Supplemental Application DUE

2018 - 50th Anniversary

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