Athletic Training

Saint Louis University’s CAATE-accredited Master of Athletic Training program, offered through Doisy College of Health Sciences, prepares students to be athletic trainers and health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of athletes, patients and clients.


About the Program

Saint Louis University’s program in athletic training focuses on collaboration between health care professionals, which includes a core 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 a diverse selection of clinical practicum sites, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical equipment.

The two-year professional phase of the program 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).

Program Highlights

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It is one of more than 350 CAATE-accredited programs nationally and one of less than 50 accredited graduate professional master's programs in the country.

Other highlights of SLU’s athletic training program include:

  • Access to SLU’s NCAA Division I athletic program
  • Diversity of clinical training sites
  • Highly accessible faculty
  • Classroom technology
  • Interprofessional focus of core curriculum to build a team approach to health care
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and clinical equipment located in the Doisy College of Health Sciences
Curriculum and Program Details

The two-year professional phase of the program includes coursework in human anatomy and kinesiology, clinical sciences, research and administration. Students participate in clinical experiences each semester of the professional phase.

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Possible clinical sites include high schools and universities in the St. Louis area.


Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Certified athletic trainers are employed in many settings, including, but not limited to:

  • Colleges and universities
  • High schools
  • Hospital and clinical
  • Industrial/occupational
  • Military
  • Performing arts
  • Public safety
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics

According to the Bureau of Labor, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training recognizes students who are considered first-generation college students during undergraduate education and who champion diversity and social justice.

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomores, juniors and seniors in the AT program are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association. Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

In April of 2010, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) awarded Saint Louis University its initial accreditation as a graduate professional program. The five­-year accreditation was the maximum available for newly accredited programs.

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 less than 60 accredited professional master's programs in the country. More information is available at

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Applicant Criteria

Prospective students must possess a cumulative college grade point average 3.0 or higher (on 4.0 scale), which includes completion of prerequisite college coursework:

    • One semester biology (with lab)
    • Two semesters chemistry (with lab)
    • Two semesters physics (with lab)
    • Two semesters anatomy and physiology or equivalent
    • Exercise physiology
    • Ethics
    • General psychology
    • Pre-calculus
    • Statistics
    • Medical terminology

You will also need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Three letters of references

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Students should apply by Dec. 1 for summer admission, although applications may be considered until April 1 as space permits. Students may also apply through AT-CAS.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the Athletic Training Admissions Committee.