The Department of Sports Medicine offers the B.S. in Athletic Training degree. This degree program was formally approved by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education in September, 1990.
The degree program entails a four-year curriculum designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the field of athletic training. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will be prepared to take the BOC Certification, Inc. Examination.
Admission to the curriculum is competitive. It is recommended that students applying for this program meet with the academic coordinator early in their freshman year.
Students pursuing the Athletic Training degree are encouraged to utilize the electives in this program to prepare for advanced study. Suggested areas of study include: post-graduate study in exercise science, physical therapy or medicine. The Athletic Training program offered is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Since 2016, 32 UND BSAT students have taken the Board of Certification, Inc. exam, in which 27 have passed on their first attempt (84%). Among the students who graduated, 30 of 32 students (94%) taking the test passed the exam in two attempts or fewer.
The Department of Sports Medicine is transitioning its athletic training program to the Masters in Athletic Training as mandated by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The last class of undergraduates allowed to apply to the undergraduate program will be in the spring of 2020 and the students accepted will start the professional program in the fall of 2020. Students interested in applying to the Masters in Athletic Training will need to wait until the 2021-2022 academic year to apply to the program which is tentatively scheduled to start in the fall of 2022.