Athletic Training (AT) Program

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IMPORTANT Information Regarding Changes to Athletic Training Degree Program

The EKU Athletic Training Program applied May 1st, 2015 for a Substantive Change in Degree with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BS in AT) will be phased out.  The last BS in AT class will be admitted to the BS in AT program during the Spring 2016 Semester.  Any students wishing to pursue becoming an athletic trainer after the Spring semester 2016 through EKU's program, will need to complete a Bachelor's Degree and the pre-requisites for the MS in AT program and apply to the MS in AT Program. Please contact Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, EMT-B for recommended Bachelor's Degree programs at EKU to meet the new MS in AT Program requirements

The new MS in AT Professional program will begin with its first cohort in summer of 2016.  This new MS in AT Program was approved by the EKU Board of Regents on June 22, 2015.  The EKU MS in AT Program is undergoing review by CAATE for accreditation as part of the substantive change process.  For more information about the new MS in AT Program click on the MS in AT Program tab on the left.  Applications to the MS in AT Program will be made through the Centralized Application Service for Athletic Training Programs or ATCAS.  A link to the ATCAS application site will be made available once the new application cycle launches for ATCAS programs in September, 2016.  For more information about these changes please contact Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, EMT Director, Athletic Training Programs or review the MS in AT Program right side menu link, please note this area is currently under development and information will be added over the next few weeks.

EKU's Athletic Training Program is making these changes in accordance with the recommendations by the NATA white paper published in 2013 tittled "Professional Education in Athletic Training: An Examintion of the Professional Degee, which was accepted and approved by the NATA Board of Directors' and the recent official statement by  the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance which consists of the Board of Certification (BOC), CAATE, National Athletic Trainers Assocation (NATA) and the NATA Research and Education Foundation, Published an official degree statement, which outlines the change of the AT Degree level for credentialling to a Master's Degree.  Click here for the AT Strategic Alliance Degree Statement

BS in AT Program

The Program at Eastern Kentucky University has a long and proud history. Eastern's Athletic Training Program (AT Program) first received approval by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 1980. The AT Program received its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 1991; followed by re-accreditation in 1996 and 2002. EKU was the first university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with a nationally accredited AT Program, and until the fall of 2005, was the only accredited AT program in the Commonwealth. Since July 1, 2006, EKU's AT Program has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Since inception, faculty, staff and alumni of the program have received prestigious recognition such as entry into the NATA Hall of Fame, employment positions with professional athletic teams, reputable colleges and universities, and as directors of sports medicine clinics since 1971.

The program is designed for those students who want to meet the educational competencies established by the National Athletic Trainers Association Executive Committe on Education, and the standards set for credentialling as an Athletic Trainer by the  Board of Certification (BOC).  After completing the EKU - AT Program, a student is eligible to take the BOC examination. Passing the certification exam will broaden employment possibilities at the secondary school, college, university, professional, performing arts, and private/clinical settings. To obtain a more thorough understanding of the employment prospects visit

Depending on the student's personal and professional goals, the Athletic Training major can be paired with other majors or coursework at Eastern Kentucky University. Regardless of the chosen area(s) of study,  students are presented with didactic and clinical experiences that will allow them to be able to exercise sound ethical judgment, achieve satisfying careers, and make positive contributions to their communities and the athletic training profession. In addition, the AT program guides the student on the journey to become a lifelong learner through obligatory professional continuing education.

For information about our curriculum and program admission and transfer student admission policies please click on the apprropriate link in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

EKU-BS in AT Program Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Eastern Kentucky University AT Program  is to educate each student about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physiological and biomechanical aspects of injury and illness with regard to patients.

EKU-BS in AT Program Vision Statement 

Students will be presented with the didactic and clinical experiences that will lead them to being able to exercise sound ethical judgment, achieve satisfying careers, and make positive contributions to their communities and the athletic training profession.

AT Program Video Overview