Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability, and societal limitations.
Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to their education and state practice act.
- National Athletic Training Association
The Athletic Training Education Program at Fort Lewis College is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Initially accredited in 2002, under CAAHEP, the Athletic Training Education Program was the second accredited program in Colorado.
Notice to prospective students:
New admissions to the Athletic Training Education Program are currently suspended while Fort Lewis College phases out the bachelor's degree in Athletic Training and analyzes our ability to transition to a master's degree. Current students who have been formally accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program will be able to complete their degree at Fort Lewis College. Courses required by these students will continue to be taught through the 2017-2018 academic year. No new students can declare an Athletic Training major. Students not formally admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program will not be able to complete the degree program.
View our graduates' results on the national athletic training certification exam.