The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.


There are three different types of CAATE accredited programs

Professional Programs

  • Professional programs lead to eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and to enter the profession of athletic training.
  • Professional programs are currently available at both the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels.
  • This is the degree for you if you are either:
  • A soon-to-be high school graduate interested in athletic training OR
  • A graduate of a baccalaureate program with a degree in a related field such as exercise science that would now like to pursue athletic training.

Post-Professional Degree Programs

  • Post-Professional Degree programs lead to a degree (currently masters or doctorate) for students that are already credentialed as athletic trainers and expand the depth and breadth of the applied, experiential, and propositional knowledge and skills of athletic trainers through didactic, clinical, and research experiences.
  • These programs DO NOT qualify the learner to sit for the BOC exam.
  • This is the degree for you if you have already:
  • graduated from an accredited professional program AND
  • taken, or are currently eligible to take, the BOC credentialing examination

Post-Professional Residency Programs

  • Post-Professional Residency Programs are formal educational programs that offer structured curricula, including didactic and clinical components, to educate Athletic Trainers. They are designed to build upon and expand the Athletic Trainer’s knowledge and experience acquired during professional (entry-level) education.
  • These programs may be contained within an institution of higher learning or within a health care facility, such as a hospital
  • These programs DO NOT qualify the learner to sit for the BOC exam.
  • This is the program for you if you have either:
  • Graduated from an accredited professional program AND/OR
  • Graduated from either an accredited post-professional degree program OR have graduated from another post-baccalaureate degree program after achieving your credential in athletic training