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Athletic Training

Major Information

The major in Athletic Training provides interested students with theoretical and professional preparation in  allied health care for athletes and physically active persons. This entry-level preparation is designed to  facilitate an academic foundation that will allow the graduating student to seek professional certification,  professional career opportunities in both the public and private sector, or to continue their education at the  graduate level. The above objectives are met through a combination of educational experiences that  incorporate related academic course work and supervised clinical experience. 

General Information

GPA Requirement: 2.75

Degree(s) Offered:

  •  Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training 

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Certified/Licensed Athletic  Trainer 
  • Physical Therapy* 
  • Physician’s Assistant*
  • Secondary Schools 
  • Massage Therapy* 
  • Other Medical Specialties*
  • Strength and Conditioning  Coach

Sample Work Settings

  • Camp Director 
  • Community Fitness Director
  • Rehabilitation Specialist*
  • Sports Psychologist* 
  • Corporate Health Programs
  • Sports Medicine Clinics Hospitals 
  • Rehabilitation Centers  

Sample Employers

  • Colleges/Universities Health Clubs 
  • Professional Sports Teams Resorts 
  • Cruise lines
  • Southern Wellness
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Optim Healthcare 
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Nike 
  • Emory Healthcare 
  • Gold’s Gym 
  • Benchmark Rehab Partners

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

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Internet Resources

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Professional Organizations

Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer 

National Athletic Trainer’s Association 

American Sports Medicine Institute 

American College of Sports Medicine 

National Academy of Sports Medicine 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Georgia Southern Athletic Training Organization

Professional Tips

  • If interested in PT, OT, or PA, you are required to obtain several hundred shadowing hours. 
  •  Volunteer to work with high school or college athletic teams. 
  • Complete First Aid and CPR Certification. 
  • Join the Georgia Southern Athletic Training Organization. 

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training: Athletic Training. 
  • Include Clinical Experiences. 
  • Include information about health abilities such as able to conduct blood pressure checks, etc. • Certifications such as CPR/First Aid/AED. 
  • Include shadowing hours and volunteering if any.

Last updated: 6/26/2013