Athletic Training Major

Athletic trainers are the warriors of sports medicine; they’re the first ones on the field when an athlete takes an especially bad hit and waits to be carried off of the field. As an athletic trainer your primary focus will be on the injuries — the bruises, broken bones and pulled muscles — sustained by athletes in the heat of battle.

Career Potential

  • Professional and collegiate sport teams
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Hospital emergency rooms and rehabilitation clinics
  • Occupational settings
  • Physician offices

What Will I Learn?

  • How to prepare for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) exam, the entry-level standard for athletic trainers
  • Complete four semesters of clinical experience, working with athletes
  • Help care for an entire men’s or women’s team, for example, to meet the program's field experience requirement
  • Learn to assess an injury through observation and palpation (examination by touch)
  • Pass tough science classes, learning about the parts of the body and how they work

Special Features

  • A chance to work in studies with faculty and your colleagues
  • Athletic training research
  • Clubs that will help immerse you in your study through fieldwork
  • Study abroad in England, Germany and Australia

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities:

  • Practicum experiences
  • Research projects with faculty
  • Participation in service-learning opportunities in the community

Student Clubs

Next Steps

Contact Us

Chair: Philip Buckenmeyer
Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300
Fax: 607-753-5596

Fast Facts

  • The SUNY Cortland Kinesiology Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • The five majors in the Kinesiology Department total 868 students, the largest undergraduate enrollment for a department at SUNY Cortland.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Outstanding Senior Student in Athletic Training

See all scholarship opportunities

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