Anderson, Indiana


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Athletic Training Major

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Anderson University has a rich history. It was started in 1977 and was first accredited in 1989. The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE accreditation is a requirement for students and recent graduates to sit for the National Board Certification exam, allowing them to become certified athletic trainers. The diverse lessons learned while in the ATEP prepare students for entry not only in careers in athletic training but a variety of allied health professions. As the first private college in Indiana with an accredited program, we have a vast network of sports medicine professionals among our alumni.

The ATEP at AU is centered in the Gaither Sports Medicine Center located in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The ATEP has a wide range of therapeutic equipment available to use for educational purposes and injury care, including six electrical muscle stimulation/ultrasound combination units, TENS units, hydrocollators, cold pack unit, and paraffin bath. In addition, this facility boasts a SWIMEX water rehabilitation pool, a Biodex computerized, state-of-the-art isokinetic testing and rehabilitation device, exercise bikes, upper arm cycle, stepper, various resistance and proprioceptive devices, and access to a weight room facility that houses a wide variety of machines and free weights.

Not only will Anderson University prepare you for the certification exam, our ATEP will also prepare you for a life of professional service to physically active individuals. Come join a growing and continually advancing program and start your career in a rewarding allied health profession.


The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is the national organization that accredits athletic training education programs in the United States. Anderson University offers a CAATE-accredited athletic training curriculum. Athletic training students will meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination through educational programs accredited by CAATE. Anderson University was the first private university in the state of Indiana with CAATE accreditation. Anderson University offers a student the benefits of a private school and a Christian-based education with extensive clinical experience as a part of a nationally accredited athletic training education program.

After Graduation

Athletic trainers find work in a variety of organizations and businesses as qualified health-care professionals who specialize in prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that result from physical activity. As a part of a complete health-care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health-care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program, such as the one at AU. Athletic training students work on campus with students recovering from injuries or conditioning to prevent injuries. They travel with the AU sports teams to provide care on the road as well.