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The Sport Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Athletic Training. Xavier University’s Athletic Training Education Program (XU-ATEP) follows the guidelines created by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Completing our four-year degree fulfills the curriculum eligibility requirements of the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination.

In addition to traditional studies, athletic training majors at Xavier:

u Work with certified athletic trainers in clinical and classroom settings to learn the following subject areas: risk management and injury prevention; pathology of injury and illness; assessment and evaluation; acute care of injury and illness; pharmacology; therapeutic modalities; therapeutic exercise; general medical conditions and disabilities; nutrition; psychosocial intervention and referral; health care administration; and professional development and responsibilities.

u Learn in a top college athletics environment: Xavier is home to NCAA Division I athletes in a variety of men’s and women’s sports.

u Develop experience working with local high-school athletes, professional teams and patients at physical therapy clinics and hospitals. Program graduates have worked at such clinical sites as Cincinnati Bengals Football, Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bethesda Family Practice, St. Xavier High School, Summit Country Day High School, Madeira High School, Norwood High School and Oxford Physical Therapy.

All Xavier University athletic training faculty and clinical staff are certified and in good standing with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and hold athletic training licenses from the state of Ohio. Their broad range of professional experience ensures that students develop sound skills that can be applied in many different clinical settings and with a variety of athletes and sports teams.


The Joseph M. Sullivan Human Performance Lab in the Joseph Building is used for teaching and hands-on experiences. The lab is equipped with anatomical models, and exam and taping tables for instructional purposes. Xavier University has two athletic training rooms where prevention, care and rehabilitation of injuries are supervised by certified athletic trainers. These facilities are also used for teaching purposes.

Athletic training students have the opportunity to work with NCAA Division I athletes in the Atlantic 10 Conference which provides exposure to a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Xavier’s men’s basketball team is among the nation’s best, making it to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight twice in the last six years. The winning women’s basketball team also landed in the Elite Eight in 2010. Students get free tickets to home games held at the Cintas Center on Xavier’s campus.

Students can also gain clinical experience with Cincinnati area physical therapy clinics, high schools, hospitals and professional teams.


The athletic training major at Xavier University prepares students for a career as a certified athletic trainer, and builds a foundation for students interested in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy or other allied health care professions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, because of their role in preventing injuries and reducing health care costs. Job growth will be concentrated in the health care industry, including hospitals and offices of health practitioners. Increased licensure requirements and regulation has led to a greater acceptance of athletic trainers as qualified health care providers. Growth in positions with sports teams will be somewhat slower, however, as most professional sports clubs and colleges and universities already have complete athletic training staffs.

Employment settings for Xavier graduates include hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industry, collegiate and professional sports. A sample list of employers where athletic training graduates have been hired includes:

  • Carmel Middle School Cougars

  • Drayer Physical Therapy

  • Gulf Breeze High School

  • Indianapolis Public Schools

  • Missouri University of Science & Technology

  • Oxford Physical Therapy

  • Reconstructive Orthopaedics

  • San Diego State University

  • TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital Physical Therapy

  • University of Georgia

  • Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

  • Wittenberg University

  • Xavier University

Many certified athletic trainers continue with graduate studies in related fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, nutrition, physical therapy, physicians assistant, sports podiatry, sports psychology, business and marketing. Xavier graduates have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as:

  • Emory University

  • Indiana University

  • Michigan State University

  • Nova Southeastern University

  • Texas Tech

  • University of Connecticut

  • University of Florida

  • University of Georgia

  • Western Michigan

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