About Us

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

*This definition is approved by the Inter-Agency Terminology Work Group and the Athletic Trainer Strategic Alliance, January 2017.


Learn more about the current athletic training practice domains.

Learn how students become eligible for BOC certification.


Learn more about the athletic training population.

Athletic Trainers are employed in many different settings.


Practice Analysis, 7th Edition (PA7)
BOC Exam: PA7 is effective for BOC exams beginning April 2017.
Certification Maintenance: PA7 is effective for continuing education beginning January 1, 2018.
  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
Click here to learn more about PA7.

Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 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. Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.

Professional Settings
Professional and Collegiate Sports
Secondary and Intermediate Schools
Sports Medicine Clinics
Hospital ER and Rehab Clinics
Occupational Settings
Military/Government/Law Enforcement
Physician Offices
Dance/Fine Arts
Sample AT Job Descriptions
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