Athletic Training

Program overview

SUNY Cortland is proud to be one of the first universities in New York state to offer a graduate program in athletic training. As the profession changes — eventually requiring a master’s degree to become a certified athletic trainer — Cortland’s strong preparation will stay consistent.

This two-year, full-time program welcomes new students in July.

At SUNY Cortland, you will discover: 

  • Extensive hands-on clinical experience in a variety of settings, from high schools to college teams spanning all divisions;
  • Athletic training courses taught by practicing athletic trainers;
  • Introductions to conferences, including SUNY Cortland’s annual Dr. Bert Mandelbaum Sports Medicine Symposium; and
  • Strong preparation for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

The Kinesiology Department prides itself on the personal approach faculty members take with graduate students. We place a special emphasis on preparing athletic trainers to be the best at their profession.

Accredited at the highest level

caate

SUNY Cortland’s Master of Science in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2027-2028 academic year.

Career potential

SUNY Cortland-trained athletic trainers are sought across a variety of work settings:

  • High schools and colleges
  • Professional and Olympic sports
  • Doctor’s offices and hospitals
  • Sports medicine, rehab, fitness and wellness clinics
  • Military academies, police and fire departments
  • Performing arts venues

Learn more about athletic training outcomes at SUNY Cortland, including BOC exam pass rate, graduation and employment.

Take the next step

Application deadline

Summer term (July start): April 1

* Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered if space is available. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Contact us

Alyson Dearie, Ed.D., ATC
Assistant Professor
Program Director
Park Center, Room 2308
607-753-4944
alyson.dearie@cortland.edu