Master’s in Athletic Training

Become an athletic trainer! 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 and for careers in athletic training.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Complete your master's in athletic training program in two years.
  • Study under expert faculty-mentors who are active professionals, and benefit from a university with an established history of athletic training education.
  • Participate in clinical rotations 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.
  • Join a research team as a second-year student and gain firsthand experience conducting research to further knowledge and contribute to the athletic training profession.

National Certification Exam and BOC Pass Rates

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

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.

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)
2016-17 9 9 9 (100%) 9 (100%)
2015-16 17 17 14 (82%) 16 (94%)
2014-15 12 12 9 (75%) 10 (83%)
3-Year Aggregate 38 38 32 (84%) 35 (92%)

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,

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 centers
  • Industrial fitness and wellness centers
  • Professional sports

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)
Graduating Cohort Number of Graduates Employed as an Athletic Trainer Employed Other Than as an Athletic Trainer Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a Degree Program
2016-17 9 9
2015-16 17 7 1 5
2014-15 12 9 1 2
3-Year Aggregate 38 25 (66%) 2 (5%) 7 (18%)
Graduating Cohort Not Employed, Due to Military Service Not Employed, Due to Enrollment in Another Degree Program Not Employed Employment Status Unknown
2015-16 3 1
3-Year Aggregate 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)

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 (Most Recent Three Academic Years)
Year Number of Students Admitted Number of Students Returning the Following Academic Year
2016-17 10 7 (70%)
2015-16 13 9 (69%)
3-Year Aggregate 23 16 (70%)

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 (Most Recent Three Academic Years)
Year Number of Students Beginning Studies Number of Students Completing Degree Within 150% of Normal Time
2015-16[2] 13 9 (69%)
2013-14[4] 18 17 (94%)
3-Year Aggregate 31 26 (84%)
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. No students were admitted during the 2014-15 academic year, due to teach-out of the undergraduate program.
  2. Graduate student cohort
  3. No students began studies during the 2014-15 academic year, due to teach-out of the undergraduate program.
  4. Undergraduate student cohort