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.
Missouri State University-Springfield offers 2 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 26 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Master's degrees.
Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 1 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 13 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 13 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO||23 : 1||3,857|
|Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO||31 : 1||23,453|
|William Woods University Fulton, MO||34 : 1||2,153|
|Missouri Valley College Marshall, MO||20 : 1||1,768|
|University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO||26 : 1||11,229|
|Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO||22 : 1||3,281|
|Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fayette, MO||14 : 1||1,145|
|Evangel University Springfield, MO||27 : 1||2,300|
|Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO||18 : 1||12,799|
|Truman State University Kirksville, MO||18 : 1||5,231|
|Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO||28 : 1||10,637|
|Culver-Stockton College Canton, MO||21 : 1||1,010|
|University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO||24 : 1||30,014|
|WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City, MO||64 : 1||193|