Athletic Training

Composite Major

Department Chair: Diane Burr,, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Rachelle Hunt,, (701) 845-7260
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Athletic Training is an allied healthcare profession that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. VCSU’s Athletic Training Program offers unique clinical experiences in rural health care and opportunities to practice in larger communities. Clinical experiences provide an opportunity for direct contact with all varsity sports at VCSU, high school activities, and general medicine.

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a qualified professional who is an integral part of athletic programs at the high school, university, professional or club levels. Certified Athletic Trainers also work in clinical settings such as sports medicine clinics, military based clinics, and industrial corporations.

The Athletic Training program, which is accredited through The CAATE, will graduate students who are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.  The Athletic Training program requires a secondary admissions process into the professional phase of the program.  Current Athletic Training information can be accessed on the VCSU Athletic Training Program website.


The Athletic Training Club raises awareness to the public about the profession of Athletic Training. Participation in the club allows students the opportunity to attend state and district meetings and provide an area where athletic training students can get together and discuss current topics in athletic training, promote mentorship to the new members of the club, and discuss and study for the Board Of Certification exam. The club also completes, at a minimum, one community service project per semester.

“The best part about the Athletic Training Program is the atmosphere of the classes and clinical settings. We, as students, are able to laugh and have fun, while still getting pushed to our full potential. It’s an amazing program, and the students, professors, and preceptors have become like a second family.”  —Kelsey Labodi, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Being in the program, you get a great experience in class and outside of class! You meet great people and get a great education. You become so close with your classmates you think of them as family. This program gives you so much passion and excitement to be an athletic trainer.”  —Shayna Ruzicka, Fordville, N.D.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I 2
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Specified Courses
BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 124Clinical Experience I Permission number required from instructor3
HPER 126Applications for Taping, Protective Devices, and Equipment3
HPER 127Introduction to Athletic Training3
HPER 128Communication for Health Care Professionals3
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 224Clinical Experience II3
HPER 226Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Lower Extremity3
HPER 227Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Upper Extremity3
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 309Sport Nutrition Concepts3
HPER 311Emergency Response Management3
HPER 324Clinical Experience III3
HPER 326Therapeutic Modalities3
HPER 328Therapeutic Exercise3
HPER 331Injury Recognition and Evaluation of Head, Neck, and Spine3
HPER 332General Medical Conditions3
HPER 384Fitness Assessment and Prescription3
HPER 424Clinical Experience IV3
HPER 426Clinical Experience V3
HPER 438Organization and Administration for Athletic Training3
HPER 444Exercise Physiology of Peak Performances3
HPER 454Evidence-Based Practice3
HPER 487Field Experience2
MATH 321Applied Probability and Statistics3
Total Credits83

Total General Education  39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 83 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 121 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study 

First Year
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3BIOL 150 (Gen Ed)4
BIOL 1713ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HPER 1263
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2HPER 1273
Social Science (Gen Ed)3MATH 103 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 15 16
Second Year
HPER 1243COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 2263HPER 1093
HPER 2583HPER 2243
HPER 3113HPER 2273
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3HPER 2593
 Literacies (Gen Ed) 3
 15 18
Third Year
BIOL 2204BIOL 2214
HPER 3243HPER 3263
HPER 3283HPER 3843
HPER 3313HPER 4243
 MATH 3213
 13 16
Fourth Year
HPER 3093Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
HPER 3323Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
HPER 4263HPER 4543
HPER 4383HPER 4872
HPER 4443TECH 161 (Gen Ed)4
 15 14
Total Credits 122

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

The Athletic Training Program will prepare students to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam, upon CAATE accreditation. A Certified Athletic Trainer specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions of active patients and clients. Athletic trainers work with a complete health care team and work together with licensed physicians and health care professionals to insure the best possible care.

  1. Athletic Training students will have the appropriate knowledge and educational foundation to interpret evidence based research.
  2. Athletic Training students will accurately diagnose patients and develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and illness.
  3. Athletic Training students will develop the ability to communicate with other allied health professionals and promote acceptable standards of ethical conduct.
  4. Athletic Training students will obtain appropriate clinical and didactic educational experiences and knowledge through preceptors and faculty associated with the athletic training program.