Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Athletic Training Bachelor's Degree Program

Athletic trainer degree completed in traditional format or Year-Round Campus (YRC) format; Bachelor of Science (BS)

The athletic trainer degree program at the University of Mary prepares students to become certified athletic trainers who assist people of all ages and abilities to participate in professional, recreational, and competitive activities. The program is designed to develop leaders in athletic training or allied health professions who possess excellent communication and critical-thinking skills and bring values-based ethics to their careers.

The athletic trainer degree program is offered as a bachelor of science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. This degree can be completed in the traditional or Year-Round Campus (YRC) format.

Athletic Training Degree Program Highlights

Combining formal classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience, the athletic trainer degree prepares students to be on the leading edge of their profession:

  • Work closely with the medical community in Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding areas, in North Dakota gaining practical experience in clinical settings in addition to the classroom.
  • Successfully meet the Board of Certification (BOC) standards to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC), through completion of the accredited University of Mary curriculum program and all BOC requirements. University of Mary students enjoy high pass rates on the athletic training BOC exam. Learn more about pass rates for the University of Mary athletic training degree students by viewing the BOC Pass Rate table to the lower right.
  • Develop specific skills in the following areas: evidence-based practices, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and Illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, and health care administration.
  • Learn to apply Christian, Catholic and Benedictine values as an athletic trainer, while gaining a deeper understanding and respect for social, physical and cultural diversity.

Career Outlook for Athletic Training Majors

Athletic trainers work in a wide range of professional settings--everything from Anthrex, the Mayo Clinic and NASA to Cirque du Soleil, Disney World and NBC'S "The Biggest Loser."  

Market segments and professions employing athletic trainers include: 

  • Health care teams in secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Professional sports programs
  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Entertainment and the performing arts
  • Industrial settings

Athletic trainers work in a wide range of professional settings, including health care teams in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, physician offices, hospitals, entertainment industry, and industrial settings.

Because of their important role in preventing injuries and reducing health care costs, athletic trainers are in growing demand. As a result, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

To complete a bachelor's degree in athletic training the following requirements need to be met.

  • Completion of the core courses for the University.
    • Please see the course catalog below for core requirements.
  • Total of 124 credits; 44 upper level courses (300 or 400)
  • Pre-admission courses: KIN 151, 238; ATH 121, 243; BIO 103/L, 207/L; PED 157, 159; HPS 206.
  • Required professional courses: BIO 208/L; ATH 200, 244, 250/L, 300, 305, 314, 319, 327, 328, 329, 353, 354, 400, 405, 441, 453, 454; KIN 316, 317, 336, 360; PSY 201, 207; MAT 180; IPE 401.

GPA Requirements:

  • A grade of "B" or higher required on all ATH/KIN prefixed courses.
  • A grade of "C-" or higher required in all other pre-admission and professional courses.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher required.

Please refer to the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook or the course catalog:

Athletic Training Lab/Materials Facilitator Outside Services Insurance
ATH 121 01
Introduction to Athletic Training
KIN 151
Introduction to Athletic Training Taping Technique
ATH 200 01
Introduction to Clinical Education I
$50.00   $110.00  
ATH 243 01
Foundations in Athletic Training
$50.00     $35.00
ATH 300 01
Clinical Education I
ATH 305 01
Clinical Education II
$50.00   $110.00  
ATH 314 01 Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training $30.00      
ATH 405 01
Clinical Education IV
ATH 453 01
Athletic Training Senior Capstone I
$30.00 $145.00   $35.00
ATH 454 01
Athletic Training Senior Capstone II

Other expenses that vary may include clothing, equipment and supplies, annual flu shot, CPR training, immunizations, and other expenses that arise during the course of the program (minimum cost is approximately $500 over the course of the professional athletic training program).

Travel to clinical sites are not included in this cost.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Please refer to the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Graduation Information       2015       2016       2017
# of students that graduated       17       26       19
# of students attending graduate school       14       19       13
# of students employed in AT       9       10       5

Program Advisors: Ray Hall, Rachel Johnson Krug, Brandy Currie, Lark Welch

To learn more about the Athletic Training bachelor’s degree program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in athletic training are encouraged to complete an additional major or minor to enhance vocational placement in early entry settings. Related programs at the University of Mary include: