Pre-Athletic Training

About the Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. The most common course pre-requisites are Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General Chemistry I, Physics I, and Statistics.


Below are the course requirements for the Pre-Athletic Training Concentration:

This does not replace official academic requirements in the university catalog. Enrolled students will work with their faculty advisor to ensure they meet all the requirements of their major.


  • HSC 110 Foundations of Prof. Practice
  • HSC 171 Acute Care of Injury & Illness
  • HSC 150 Medical Terminology
  • MTH 119 Statistics I
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • BIO 123+lab Biology I
  • ESS 306 Nutrition
  • ESS 240 Community Health
  • CHM 111+lab General Chemistry
  • PSY 205 Lifespan Development
  • HSC 213 Anatomy for Orthopedic Assessment
  • ATR 171: Acute Care of Injury & Illness
  • ATR 213: Anatomy for Orthopedic Assessment
  • HSC 290 Applied Pathology & Pharmacology
  • PHY 101+lab General Physics I
  • HSC 390 Applications of Professional Practice
  • BIO 363+lab Human A&P I
  • BIO 364+lab Human A&P II
  • HSC 370 Internship
  • HSC 490 Research Methods
  • HSC 425 Healthcare Seminar
  • HSC 487 Exercise Physiology
  • HSC 477 Kinesiology

The vast majority of the prerequisite courses required to apply to the previously listed professional programs are embedded into the HSC major and concentration. There are a handful of courses outside of the major and concentration that students will need to complete before applying to the respective graduate program. Common examples are as follows:

  • Physical Therapy: Physics 102+lab & Chemistry 112+lab (General Chem. II)
  • Occupational Therapy: Psychology 209 (Abnormal Psy), Sociology 100 (Intro to Sociology)
  • Athletic Training: All prerequisite coursework satisfied within the major/concentration.
  • Nursing & Chiropractic: prerequisites vary greatly across institutions. Our Pre-Health Advisors will work with students individually to determine a specific 4-year academic plan to meet your professional goals.

***Please note that pre-requisite requirements can vary from institution to institution, and your advisor will work with you to determine how best to meet the prerequisite requirements for each institution***

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

A history of success

To become a certified athletic trainer, all graduates must pass the Board of Certification Exam to receive a state license. Historically, Heidelberg students have done very well on the BOC exam. (full chart of Student outcomes).

Undergraduate students interested in a career in athletic training can enroll at Heidelberg choosing from several different majors and/or our pre-professional health tracks. 

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Students can choose any major - admission to OT graduate programs is based on overall GPA, prerequisite course GPA, experience/knowledge of the field, and leadership/involvement. Students from Heidelberg that have attended Occupational Therapy programs have majored in:

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