Athletic Training Major, B.S.
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states and statutes rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
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.
Athletic trainers work in:
- Public and Private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
- Youth leagues, municipal and independently-owned youth sports facilities
- Physician practice, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
- Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
- Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
- Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
- Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
- Performing arts, including professional and collegiate level dance and music
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.
- Students will participate in rigorous course work coupled with intensive, practical clinical education where they will gain real-world experience
- Students will work in and contribute to culturally-rich clinical education sites (e.g. Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools)
- Students will have clinical opportunities in traditional athletic training clinics, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and physician offices (orthopedics and family practice)
- Students will gain exposure and experience in diverse clinical sites in regard to culture, age, socioeconomics, and practice setting
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. The core athletic clinical classes are:
- ATP 2220 - Foundations of Athletic Training
- ATP 2221 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience I
- ATP 2110 - General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training
- ATP 2860 - Therapeutic Modalities in Sports Medicine
- ATP 2861 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience II
- ATP 3800 - Pathology of Athletic Injury
- ATP 3830 - Upper Body Injury Evaluation
- ATP 3831 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience III
- ATP 3850 - Lower Body Injury Evaluation
- ATP 3851 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV
- ATP 4750 - Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
- ATP 4751 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience V
- ATP 4771 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience VI (Capstone)
- EXS 4772 - Performance Enhancement Specialist
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.