Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training

Mission, Goals and Objectives


It is the mission of the St. Cloud State Athletic Training Program (ATP) to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the field of Athletic Training as an integral member of the sports medicine team in secondary schools, colleges, universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other athletic health care settings.

In order to prepare the student to be effective in the health care profession of this changing world, the SCSU ATP shall ensure that the entry-level competencies and proficiencies are mastered.


Facilitate student knowledge, and clinical skill development as the foundation for sound practice and leadership in the profession of Athletic Training by:

  • Providing students with educational opportunities both in the classroom and clinical environments to obtain the competencies and proficiencies required for entry level athletic trainers.
  • Exposing athletic training students to research and the value research plays in the future growth of the athletic training profession.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate the ATP to insure it is compliance with the educational competency and clinical proficiency as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education


At the completion of the Athletic Training Program, the students will:
Demonstrate educational competency and clinical proficiency as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education in the following content areas:

  • Risk Management and Injury Prevention
  • Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
  • Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
  • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
  • Health Care Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibilities

Faculty and Staff Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of all members of the faculty and clinical education staff (preceptor) of the Athletic Training Program is to assure that the program provides students with an educational and clinical experience that meet the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Medical Director

In coordination with the program director and clinical education coordinator; act as a resource and expert for the medical content of the ATP in both formal classroom and supervised clinical experiences. The medical director assists in the establishment of curriculum within the ATP to meet the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and assist in the establishment and development of general medical clinical rotations for ATP students. The Medical Director is a State of Minnesota licensed MD/DO.

Program Director

The program director must hold current national certification and be in good standing with the Board of Certification (BOC), have a minimum of five years of experience as a BOC-certified athletic trainer, and possess a current state athletic training credential.

The Program Director’s Responsibilities must include input to and assurance of the following program features:

  1. Ongoing compliance with the Standards;
  2. Planning, development, implementation, delivery, documentation, and assessment of all components of the curriculum;
  3. Clinical education;
  4. Programmatic budget.

Athletic Training Faculty

All athletic trainers who are identified as the primary instructor for athletic training courses must be certified and in good standing with the BOC and, where applicable, be credentialed by the state.

Clinical Education Coordinator

The Clinical Education Coordinator is responsible for the clinical education portion of the ATP. The Clinical Education Coordinator must assure the following:

  1. Student clinical progression;
  2. Clinical site evaluation;
  3. Student evaluation;
  4. Preceptor training;
  5. Preceptor evaluation.


A certified/licensed professional who teaches and evaluates students in a clinical setting using an actual patient base.

Athletic Training degree requirement changes

Changes in the degree requirements by the National Athletic Training Association and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs require Athletic Training programs change from a Bachelor’s degree to a Masters Level entry degree. St. Cloud State University's undergraduate Athletic Training program will graduate its last Bachelor degree students at the end of Spring semester in the academic year 2021-2022. Incoming first year students for academic year 2019-2020 and later will not have the undergraduate athletic training major available to them. If you have questions, please contact Sean Degerstrom (email: or voice mail: 320-308-4718) or the Kinesiology department at 320-308-4251.


The Athletic Training Program is part of the Department of Kinesiology within the School of Health and Human Services. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next comprehensive review will occur in the academic year 2021-2022. The current accreditation status of the program can be found at CAATE’s web site under the accredited program tab (

CAATE requires that programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam. At the right is SCSU's BOC Pass Rate Table (From CAATE 1/8/2018). This data can also be viewed at:

3 yr
Number of students graduating from program. 13 10 15 11 13 15 39
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 10 9 14 10 10 12 32
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 6 6 11 9 9 9 27
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 60 67 79 90 90 75 84
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 8 6 13 10 10 10 30
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 80 67 93 100 100 83 94

All applicants must meet the entrance requirements and be accepted/enrolled at SCSU prior to admission into the program. A maximum of 16 students per year are accepted into the program. The application to the major occurs during the Fall semester.

Students enter and progress through the program as a cohort beginning in the Spring semester. The Athletic Training Program at SCSU consists of five semesters of didactic and clinical education. While progressing through their educational experience, students will have the opportunity to gain clinical experiences at a variety of our affiliated sites within the greater Saint Cloud area.

The Athletic Training major has additional costs associated with completion of the program. For questions concerning the ATP or the additional costs please contact the Athletic Training Program Director at (320) 308-4718.

While faculty are off campus in the summer months, additional information can be provided by the Student Relations Director, Aaron Peterson.  Aaron can be reached at 320-308-4236 or

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