What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and other allied health professionals to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. The practice of Athletic Training encompasses prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program. Accredited programs include formal instruction in the above-mentioned areas, as well as clinical education experiences during each of the 5 semesters of the program.
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at CSUN
The Athletic Training Program at CSUN has been in existence since 1974 and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2026-2027 academic year. Our program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) and is an academically rigorous program in which athletic training students (ATSs) earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training (BSAT). The AT Program is in accordance with the Board of Certification, Inc (BOC) Role Delineation Study.
The Athletic Training Program at California State University, Northridge seeks to promote and further the athletic training profession through the professional development of high-quality athletic training professionals.
The Athletic Training Program at CSUN is committed to providing a high-quality education to prepare competent entry-level athletic trainers through case-based learning, which emphasizes critical thinking and decision-making skills. Through diverse educational experiences, and faculty and staff commitment to the profession, the program seeks to foster an environment in which ATSs graduate and become competent clinicians and productive members of society.
Goals and Objectives
- Provide high-quality instruction and structured educational experiences in the classroom and clinical settings.
- Prepare certified athletic trainers who are competent and proficient clinicians.
- ATSs will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
- ATSs will perform differential diagnoses for musculoskeletal and recognize general medical conditions.
- ATSs will synthesize treatment plans for musculoskeletal conditions.
- ATSs will demonstrate mastery of entry-level content knowledge and clinical reasoning.
The AT major/AT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 2-year Bachelors of Science in AT program at CSUN provides students with academic and clinical experiences designed to prepare them for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and a successful career in Athletic Training.
BOC Exam Pass Rates by Cohort
|Fields||2014-2015||2015-2016||2016-2017||3 yr aggregate|
|Number of students graduating from program.||14||16||10||40|
|Number of students graduating from the program who took examination.||13||14||10||37|
|Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.||11||10||8||29|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.||85||71||80||78|
|Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.||12||12||8||32|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.||92%||86%||80%||86%|
Collegiate Setting, Four-Year Universities:
- CSUN Athletics
- CSUN Club Sports
- California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
- Pepperdine University
- University of Southern California (USC)
Collegiate Setting, Two-Year Colleges:
- College of the Canyons
- Pasadena City College
- Moorpark College
- Agoura Hills HS
- Beverly Hills HS
- Crespi Carmelite HS
- Notre Dame HS
- St. Francis HS
- Village Christian HS
- Body Logic
- Primary Care Sports Medicine
- Southern California Orthopedic Institute