Athletic Training Major, B.S.
Bachelor of Science
As more individuals participate in fitness, wellness and athletic activities, the number of injuries requiring treatment by a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is growing. ATCs are health-care professionals who specialize in the prevention, emergency care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
MSU Denver’s B.S. in Athletic Training is a rigorous, accredited program that blends intensive theory courses with extensive clinical education experiences to give you both the knowledge – and applied knowledge – you need to become a practicing athletic trainer.
This is a sophomore-entry program, which means it requires the completion of a separate application and a strict six-semester course sequence. Applications are due March 1 to be considered for the subsequent fall clinical cohort.
From the start of the Athletic Training program, you will be rotated through affiliated clinical athletic training sites throughout metropolitan Denver, giving you real-world experience with the city’s diverse population. Our faculty are involved at the national, district and state level of the profession and have a strong relationship with MSU Denver’s Intercollegiate Athletics Program, which will give you the opportunity to work with our Athletic Training staff.
After earning your degree, you are prepared to take the Board of Certification Examination in Athletic Training and to begin your career as an athletic trainer.
Other academic options offered by the Human Performance and Sport department include:
- B.S. in Exercise Science
- B.A. in Sport Management
- Individualized Degree Program in Dance
- Minor in Exercise Science
- Minor in Sport Media
- Minor in Coaching
- Minor in Dance
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for ATCs in 2016 was $45,630 and the expected growth rate for the field through 2024 is 21 percent.
ATCs function in cooperative environments with physicians and other allied health-care professionals in a variety of settings including:
- Secondary schools
- Colleges and universities
- Professional and Olympic sports organizations
- Sports medicine clinics
- Health clubs
- Corporate wellness programs
- Industrial health-care programs
- Athletic training education programs
The three- year average aggregate first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification exam for MSU Denver graduates is 83 percent and the overall pass rate is 100 percent.
Professor Christine Odell is director of the Athletic Training program and has been certified since 1992. Before teaching full time, her ATC experiences included a Division II college program, outpatient rehabilitation clinic, physician’s office and several professional cycling races in the U.S. and one in China. She currently serves on two national professional committees and was an active member of the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association Legislative task force that earned and has maintained mandatory registration for athletic trainers.
Assistant Professor Jennifer Huseman coordinates clinical education for the Athletic Training Program and specializes in rehabilitation with expertise as a manual clinician. In her 20th year as an athletic trainer, she has extensive experience in Division II, secondary schools, clinical, education and emerging or nontraditional settings. Leadership and the strengths individuals bring to Athletic Training through service are the focus of her research.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver Athletic Training graduates currently work across Colorado in secondary schools, physical therapy clinics and in durable medical equipment sales. One alumnus works for a Major League Baseball team.
MSU Denver Athletic Training graduates have attended graduate programs at Western Michigan University, Auburn University, Ohio University and the University of Oklahoma, to name a few.
Twenty-four courses, including two Biology courses and six clinical experiences make up the required core and must be taken in sequence. Examples include:
- Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
- Anatomical Kinesiology
- Psychology of Coaching
- Pathology of Athletic Injury
- Upper Body Injury Evaluation
- Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
- Performance Enhancement Specialist
- Nutrition and Sports Performance
Facilities and Resources
As an MSU Denver Athletic Training student, you will work with contemporary athletic training equipment and materials in our specialized laboratory space. Additionally, you’ll have practical, hands-on learning experiences in both of MSU Denver’s varsity Athletic Training facilities located in the Regency Athletic Complex and the Physical Education/Auraria Events Center building.
The Athletic Training degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.