All Nationally Certified and Vermont Licensed Athletic Trainers must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees are complementary to accredited athletic training majors and include established academic curricula. Athletic trainers’ bachelor’s degrees are in athletic training, sports medicine, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biology, exercise science or physical education. Academic programs are accredited through an independent process by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Educational Content Standards
The following educational content standards are required for athletic training degree programs:

  • Acute care of injury and illness

  • Assessment of injury and illness

  • Exercise physiology

  • General medical conditions and disabilities

  • Health care administration

  • Human anatomy

  • Human physiology

  • Kinesiology/biomechanics

  • Medical ethics and legal issues

  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness

  • Pathology of injury and illness

  • Pharmacology

  • Professional development and responsibilities

  • Psychosocial intervention and referral

  • Risk management and injury/illness prevention

  • Statistics and research design

  • Strength training and reconditioning

  • Therapeutic exercise and rehabilitative techniques

  • Therapeutic modalities

  • Weight management and body composition

Areas of Required Educational Competency

  • Risk Management and Injury Prevention

  • Pathology of Injury and Illness

  • Assessment and Evaluation

  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness

  • Pharmacology

  • Therapeutic Modalities

  • Therapeutic Exercise

  • General Medical Conditions and Disabilities

  • Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness

  • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral

  • Health Care Administration

  • Professional Development and Responsibilities


Vermont CAATE Accredited Athletic Training Education Programs
Castleton University
Norwich University
University of Vermont


The mission of the NATA and VAAT is to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active and advance the profession of athletic training
through education and research in prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. Our mission statement underscores our commitment to education and excellence in athletic training and also emphasizes our dedication to providing quality health care.

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