Saint Louis University’s athletic training program has an interprofessional focus,
with a curriculum that develops a team approach to health care. Home to St. Louis'
only NCAA Division I athletic program, SLU also offers its AT students access to a
diverse selection of clinical practicum sites, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories
and clinical equipment found in the Doisy College of Health Sciences.
Major in Athletic Training
Graduates of SLU’s program in athletic training earn both a bachelor’s and master’s
degree in only five years — exercise science (B.S.) and a Master of Athletic Training
(M.A.T.) — but there is still enough flexibility for you to study up to two years
in Madrid during the pre-professional phase or pursue pre-med or pre-physician assistant
SLU’s athletic training education program is an accredited graduate professional program.
Students begin the program as freshmen and spend their first three years completing
the required liberal arts and science pre-professional courses.
Those who meet the academic and professional behavior requirements continue into the
two-year professional phase of the program after their junior year. This second phase
includes coursework in human anatomy, clinical sciences, research and administration.
You’ll be required to participate in clinical experience each semester to gain practical
athletic training knowledge.
Following graduation, you must pass the board of certification examination to practice
as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomores, juniors and seniors in the
athletic training program are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy
College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.
Four core faculty members serve in the SLU athletic training program. Highly regarded
physicians and athletic trainers from the St. Louis area also serve as adjunct faculty
and preceptors. Courses in gross anatomy, medical imaging, sports psychology and exercise
physiology are taught by highly respected faculty members from other departments.
The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for this program is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
The minimum composite ACT score is 24, with no subsection lower than a 22, or equivalent
Required high school courses include four years of high school English, four years
of high school math with achievement to at least the level of pre-calculus, and four
years of high school science, including biology and chemistry with physics encouraged
but not required. It is recommended that students also take at least two years of
a modern foreign language.
Transfer students are required to have at least 25 hours of college credit. The minimum
cumulative GPA to be considered for this program is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with no science
grade below a C. An interview is also required.
In March of 2015, the CAATE awarded 10 years of Continuing Accreditation to the Athletic
Training Program at Saint Louis University. This is the maximum that can be awarded
to a program by the CAATE. The current accreditation cycle for the SLU AT Program
now extends through 2024-25 academic year.
The SLU program is one of more than 350 CAATE accredited programs nationally and one
of approximately 30 accredited professional master's programs in the country. More
information is available at caate.net.
Students gain real world experience in Doisy College's state-of-the-art facilities.
Care for Athletes, Locally and Globally
Students in SLU’s athletic training program gain practical experience in clinical settings around the St. Louis metro area at various high schools and
universities. Additionally they have a clinical exchange program with universities
in Ireland and Spain.