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Department of Kinesiology

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Athletic Training Undergraduate Degree

Athletic Training at MSU

Michigan State University's Athletic Training undergraduate program involves an aggressive immersive and experiential learning structure, blended with an academically enriched curriculum. Students are exposed to state-of-the-art philosophies, equipment and research, and will benefit from hands-on interaction with MSU varsity athletes, athletic trainers and medical professionals.

Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. MSU's degree program prepares students to recognize, evaluate, treat, rehabilitate and manage emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Our students are offered a wide interdisciplinary base of educational and professional development to prepare them for future job opportunities in collegiate, professional, clinical, high school, military, performing arts or industrial settings.

Athletic Training Final Cohort FS17

The Michigan State University Athletic Training program will be transitioning from a bachelor's to a master's level program. Students entering MSU as freshmen in Fall Semester 2018 will not be able to choose Athletic Training as their major preference, but are encouraged to complete a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in preparation for an Athletic Training graduate program. Answers to common questions can be found on the transition FAQs.

Keep KIN-nected!

Students in the Department of Kinesiology can gather insight and study tips from academic advisors, learn about research and internship opportunities and get a jump on career exploration and planning by checking out our KIN-nections blog.

Our Program By the Numbers

Athletic Training Graduation Rate
Preceptors (or clinical instructors) for the program
Renovated square footage at IM Circle for labs, classrooms
First-time Board of Certification pass rate
Hands-on learning
  • Career-related internships
  • Experience in on-campus research laboratories
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Time in athletic training rooms at MSU and local high schools
  • Lab-based coursework and more!
Students have many opportunities to expand their learning in and out of the classroom, including:

Points of Distinction

Real-World Experience
Spartans have found internships and clinical rotations in more than 300 organizations, such as sport teams, hospitals and community agencies.
Moving Forward
Within one year of earning a degree, 100% of graduates are employed or continuing their education, based on the 2016 Destination Survey.


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Department of Kinesiology
IM Sports Circle Building
308 W. Circle Drive, Room 134
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Tel.: (517) 355-4730
Fax: (517) 353-9680