Athletic trainers often work on the sidelines of competition, but they are on the frontlines of preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illness related to physical activity. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. They work with a wide range of ages and skill levels in a variety of settings - from professional sports teams and high school programs to sports medicine clinics, government agencies, and performance arts. Regardless of where they work, athletic trainers play a vital role in the athletic health care team and in the lives of competitive and recreational athletes.
Our nationally accredited athletic training program exposes you to the latest philosophies, research, and equipment through classroom instruction and clinical experiences. Ball State University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year. Expert faculty and staff are committed to outfitting you with a breadth of expertise to excel in this diverse field. Our students successfully pass the Board of Certification examination in order to practice as a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Click here for the program's BOC exam results. Our comprehensive curriculum and clinical experiences focus on:
Our focus extends beyond the classroom. Ten full-time certified athletic trainers and about 20 clinical preceptors facilitate on- and off-campus clinical experiences designed to outfit you with real-world experiences tailored to your area of interest.
Students engage in clinical education at our two campus facilities: the Dickerson-Hoover Athletic Training Center, located in John B. and June M. Scheumann Stadium; and the Sayers “Bud” Miller Athletic Training Center, located in Worthen Arena. Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor, students practice and perform skills related to clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, as well as emergency care, taping, and bracing using the latest in equipment and resources. Students collaborate with faculty through research and hands-on instruction in the Athletic Training Research and Education Laboratory. In addition, students are exposed to other health care facilities and interact with a multitude of health care professionals in a variety of engaging clinical settings.
Our Supportive Environment
Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State. Current students connect through the Athletic Training Club, which promotes career exploration and interaction among peers, faculty advisors, and experts within the sports medicine community.
We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Your expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to succeed within our program and beyond. Whether you share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship, or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us to share your story and learn about program news and events.
Learn more about what sets our program apart, view our athletic training program brochure, or if you’re ready, apply now.
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