Contrary to the name, athletic trainers work with more than just athletes. Athletic trainers, under the direction of a physician, specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses for individuals of all ages and skill levels who are physically active. Their other services consist of emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and rehab. The curriculum for this degree program involves health care administration, anatomy, biology, injury prevention, hands-on clinical experience, first aid and emergency care, physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.
The job outlook for athletic trainers is expected to grow 30 percent by 2020, which equates to over 5,000 jobs. ATs work in physicians? offices, clinics, hospitals, schools, occupational health departments, and police and fire departments. Although $41,600 was the median salary back in 2010, more than 70 percent of certified ATs hold master?s degrees. To become a certified athletic trainer you must graduate from an accredited athletic training program and then pass the exam administered by the Omaha-based Board of Certification (depending on your state regulations). Graduates should also think about joining the National Athletic Trainers? Association. NATA members can stay abreast of the current athletic trainer trends, have access to continuing education and professional development information, and build their professional networks.
Fresno Pacific University offers 3 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 12 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 11 Master's degrees, and 1 Bachelor's degree.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA||41 : 1||4,300|
|Riverside City College Riverside, CA||80 : 1||21,118|
|West Valley College Saratoga, CA||36 : 1||7,619|
|California Baptist University Riverside, CA||31 : 1||11,045|
|Chapman University Orange, CA||18 : 1||9,850|
|Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA||71 : 1||18,068|
|California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA||31 : 1||24,298|
|California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA||36 : 1||38,674|
|San Diego State University San Diego, CA||37 : 1||35,544|
|Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA||31 : 1||4,567|
|California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA||44 : 1||39,910|
|San Jose State University San Jose, CA||42 : 1||36,085|
|University of the Pacific Stockton, CA||16 : 1||6,447|
|Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA||89 : 1||15,123|
|College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA||99 : 1||19,089|
|University of La Verne La Verne, CA||29 : 1||7,396|
|College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA||53 : 1||12,815|
|California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA||40 : 1||40,445|
|Mt San Antonio College Walnut, CA||66 : 1||29,799|
|Concordia University-Irvine Irvine, CA||36 : 1||3,911|