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

Athletic Training Bachelor's Degree Program

Bachelor’s degree is closed and transitioning to a Master’s degree. The Master of Science in Athletic Training will start in Fall 2020.

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 23% from 2016 to 2026*.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Athletic Trainers

Grade of “B” or higher required on all ATH/ KIN prefixed courses. Grade of “C-” or higher required in all other pre-admission and professional courses. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher required.

Special Note: Fall 2017 was the last starting freshman class for the undergraduate Athletic Training major. In the future, Athletic Training will become a master’s level program, in alignment with changing professional standards and accreditation requirements.

Pre-Admission Courses

Required Professional Courses

Course Schedules with Fees Only

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.

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.


Dr. Rachel Johnson Krug

Athletic Training and Kinesiology Department Chair
Associate Professor, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Biomechanics
Phone: (701) 355-8206
Office: Lower Level LVUC
Email: [email protected]

Brandy Currie

Co-Clinical Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
Phone: (701) 355-8071
Office: Lower Level LVUC
Email: [email protected]

William Littlefield

Co-Clinical Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training & Kinesiology
Phone: (701) 355-3748
Office: Welder Library L321
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Lark Welch

Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
Phone: (701) 355-8101
Office: Lower Level LVUC
Email: [email protected]

Alanna Dennison

Assistant Professor, Athletic Training, Biomechanics, and Kinesiology
Phone: (701) 355-8251
Office: Lower Level LVUC
Email: [email protected] 

To see the full listing of our faculty please click here.

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