Earn a Master’s in Athletic Training and Graduate Equipped to Pursue Successful Completion of the BOC Exam

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Prepare for athletic training careers with APU’s M.S. in Athletic Training program. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)-accredited master’s in athletic training is a full-time residency program that prepares students for successful completion of the national Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination.

Multiple clinical experiences provide students with practical learning designed to strengthen professional preparation and career placement. A Christian worldview is woven throughout the program, giving APU-prepared athletic trainers a Christ-centered perspective of this service profession.

Become a Professional Athletic Trainer

If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a professional athletic trainer, learn more about how a master’s in athletic training prepares you for success in the field.

Program Highlights

  • Complete your master’s in athletic training program in two years.
  • Study under expert faculty-mentors and clinical preceptors who are active professionals, and benefit from a university with an established history of athletic training education.
  • Participate in clinical education in a diversity of professional settings such as on-campus varsity athletics, high schools, colleges, professional sports, physician offices, and rehabilitative clinics.
  • Learn more about the Christian worldview, which is incorporated throughout the curriculum, and its applications to athletic training.

The national certification examination for entry-level athletic trainers (ATs) is administered numerous times during the year by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC-certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the U.S. Additional information regarding the BOC and the certification examination can be found at bocatc.org.

Throughout the history of APU’s athletic training program, students have successfully achieved a three-year-aggregate first-time pass rate of 70% or higher on the BOC examination as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The following table shows results for APU candidates over the last three BOC exam years. This data is available publicly in compliance with accreditation standards as required by CAATE.

National Certification Exam and BOC Pass Rates
Year Number of Graduates Number of Graduates Taking BOC Exam Number and % of Graduates Passing
(First Attempt)
Number and % of Graduates Passing (Regardless of Attempts)
2020-21 14 14 14 (100%) 14 (100%)
2019-20 20 20 16 (80%) 20 (100%)
2018-19 15 15 14 (93%) 14 (93%)
3-Year Aggregate 49 49 44 (90%) 48 (98%)

Programs must meet or exceed a three-year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE, http://www.caate.net).

Employment and Placement Information

Athletic training and allied healthcare employers actively pursue Azusa Pacific University alumni. Recent graduates from the athletic training program have established careers in many areas, including the following:

  • High school interscholastic programs (including teaching)
  • Intercollegiate sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Athletic training education
  • Postprofessional degree programs (doctoral programs in athletic training, physical therapy, exercise science)
  • Private fitness and sports performance centers
  • Corporate and industrial healthcare
  • Professional sports
  • Youth sports organizations
  • Military

After completing an accredited athletic training program and successfully passing the national Board of Certification exam, certified athletic trainers become healthcare professionals in a variety of settings. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) lists high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, professional sports, public safety, the military, and the performing arts as popular and emerging settings.

Employment and Placement Rate (Within Six Months of Graduation)
2019-20 Cohort 2018-19 Cohort 2017-18 Cohort 3-Year Aggregate
Number of Graduates 20 15 7 42
Employed as an Athletic Trainer 18 14 7 39 (93%)
Employed Other Than as an Athletic Trainer 2 1 0 3 (7%)
Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a Degree Program 0 0 0 0 (0%)
Not Employed, Due to Military Service 0 0 0 0 (0%)
Not Employed, Due to Enrollment in Another Degree Program 0 0 0 0 (0%)
Not Employed 0 0 0 0 (0%)
Employment Status Unknown 0 0 0 0 (0%)

Retention and Graduation Rate Information

Retention rate is defined as the percentage of students who have been admitted to the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies the following academic year. Retention rate is calculated as the sum of students returning to the institution divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excludes students with a deceased or Leave of Absence(medical) status).

Retention Rate (Most Recent Three Academic Years)
Year Number of Students Admitted Number of Students Returning the Following Academic Year
2019-20 20 18 (90%)
2018-19 22 19 (86%)
2017-18 18 17 (94%)
3-Year Aggregate 60 54 (90%)

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students who complete their degree or certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program for which they are enrolled. Graduation rate is calculated as the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excludes students with a deceased or Leave of Absence (medical) status).

Graduation Rate (Most Recent Three Academic Years)
Year Number of Students Beginning Studies Number of Students Completing Degree Within 150% of Normal Time
2019-20 22 19 (86%)
2018-19 18 16 (89%)
2017-18 10 7 (70%)
3-Year Aggregate 50 42 (84%)

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.