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Athletic Training major

You know the hurdles that athletes have to overcome — the hard work and dedication required for being the best in their sport. Athletic training majors are the hands-on practitioners at the sidelines, keeping those athletes in the game. Their specialization in the health care of active people means that they are working constantly to prevent injury, treat emergencies, evaluate needs and rehabilitate athletes, as well as guiding them in proper nutrition, strength and conditioning.

Direct admission.

Like most athletic training programs, Marquette reviews applications on a competitive basis. But unlike most other programs, there's no reapplying after freshman year. Once you're selected for the athletic training major at Marquette, you can focus on your major right away. If you are not selected for direct admission, a limited number of transfer spots is available.

Learn the ropes now.

As a Marquette athletic training major, you'll start your hands-on training freshman year. Your clinical time will be supervised by the same professors you'll meet in the classroom, all of whom have worked in the field as athletic trainers themselves. So you know that they have not just the knowledge, but the practical experience to teach you.

Certification? No sweat.

Thanks to your academic preparation along with the practical experience you'll get working with high school, intercollegiate and professional athletes, you can approach your national certification exam with confidence. Marquette athletic training majors pass at a rate of nearly 90 percent; the national average is 40 percent.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Emergency Care, CPR and AED
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I & II
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • General Biology I


  • Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training I & II
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Athletic Training Seminar
  • Athletic Training Evaluation I & II
  • General Psychology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Statistics
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • General Biology II


  • Cognitive and Motor Learning
  • Athletic Training Seminar
  • Exercise Training, Prescription and EKG
  • Exercise Physiology Elective
  • Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training III & IV
  • General Medicine in Athletic Training
  • Pharmacology
  • Rehabilitative/Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Theology Elective
  • Statistics
  • Diverse Cultures Elective


  • Exercise Physiology for Special Populations
  • Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training V
  • Applied Ethics for the Health Sciences
  • Administration in Exercise Science
  • Pharmacology in Athletic Training
  • Practicum in Athletic Training
  • Medical Ethics
  • Electives

Athletic Training

You might like the athletic training major if you

✓ Are skilled in science

✓ Have an interest in sports

✓ Enjoy working with people

✓ Are interested in health care

What can you do with a major in athletic training?

Athletic training students The athletic training major is excellent preparation for sports medicine, certified athletic training for college and professional sports teams, personal training, and graduate studies in physical or occupational therapy.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in athletic training.

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