Athletic Training

athletic training major
Type of Degree: Graduate

The athletic training profession has moved the required degree from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree at all colleges and universities, effective fall of 2022. Heidelberg University has approved our transition to a Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. As such, Heidelberg will no longer be accepting undergraduate students to this program. 

Students enrolling at Heidelberg after the fall of 2018 are encouraged to consider our other undergraduate programs in health science, biology, or even psychology to prepare to enter our MAT program. Heidelberg faculty will help you meet the prerequisites for a master in athletic training degree program. For more information, please contact Ryan Musgrave, assistant professor of athletic training.


Chicago Marathon

Get real hands-on experience by working as a medical volunteer for the Chicago Marathon. Heidelberg is the only school outside of Illinois to send athletic training majors. You’ll work at finish line alongside professionals at the second largest race in the country.

Conferences and Conventions

You’ll have the opportunity to attend regional and national athletic training conventions where you network with professionals, attend workshops and sessions, and meet other students from across the country. Heidelberg athletic trainings majors and faculty travel annually to conventions for the National Athletic Training Association, the Ohio Athletic Training Association, and the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association.

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 


  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Corporate Wellness Director


To become a certified athletic trainer, all graduates must pass the Board of Certification Exam to receive a state license. Over the past five years, Heidelberg students have a 100% passing rate on the BOC exam, and in 2016 every senior passed on their first attempt and all had been accepted into graduate positions or grad school before graduation (see full chart of outcomes). 

Roughly 85% of AT department graduates find related employment, internships, and/or are accepted to graduate school prior to graduation! Students completing the Pre-Professional curriculum within the Athletic Training major have a strong record of getting accepted to graduates school for physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant studies, and chiropractic medicine. 

  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Passed BOC Exam 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employed as Athletic Trainer or Healthcare professional 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


Below is a sampling of courses offered in athletic training. For more information, see the major requirements.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Taping, Bracing, and Splinting Lab
  • Upper Extremity Evaluation
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Clinical Proficiencies

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

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