I Teach or Advise Undergrad Students

Welcome Undergraduate Teachers and Advisors

Here you'll find supplementary materials for your sports medicine classes and athletic training student associations, as well as steps to becoming an athletic trainer for those who advise students. If you have any suggestions on materials to include, please email ExMarketing@nata.org. Thank you. 

Steps to Becoming an Athletic Trainer

Step 1

Students must find an accredited Master of Athletic Training program. There are all types of programs from two-year to three-year, fast track to traditional. 


Step 2

Apply to the program. Students can also apply through the AT Centralized Application System which allows you to apply to multiple programs at once. 


Step 3

Get certified through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. After you become certified, check with your state to see if licensure is required. 


Athletic Training and Educational Pathways

ATs work with a diverse patient population and are trained and educated on a variety of health care topics including orthopedic injuries, concussions, heat illness, sudden cardiac arrest and more. To become an AT, candidates must attend an accredited educational program at the master's level and, in most states, successfully pass the national certification exam. ATs must also work under the direction of a physician and within the regulations of their state.

AT demonstrates for students.

NATA Statement: Support Personnel Services in the College & University Athletic Training Department

Student Recruitment Marketing Strategies

Need help recruiting students to your sports medicine or athletic training student aide club? Download this list of ideas. Download

Program Recruitment Strategies

About Athletic Training

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Learn more about the history of athletic training, career outlook and view AT profiles. 

At Your Own Risk

At Your Own Risk is a website aimed to educate the public about athletic trainers and the value the bring to any team. Here you'll find basic information on who ATs are, where they work and how to employ one. The site is open to the public, including students.

Resources and Opportunities

From networking to scholarships, find resources to help realize your students' dreams of becoming an athletic trainer. Find information on NATA student membership, NATA Career Center as well as our FAQs and AT terminology list.