College of Health Professions

Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training Major

Athletic training is a unique discipline under the broad allied health profession umbrella specializing in the health care of athletes and those engaged in physical activities. Athletic trainers function as integral members of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, corporate and industrial sites, and other health care settings. The athletic trainer specializes in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries in physically active people.

Students complete an extensive clinical experience as part of the Athletic Training Education Program at Towson University. This clinical experience is completed over a seven-term period beginning in the student's freshman year at the university. All clinical experiences are directly supervised in a variety of athletic training-related clinical sites including the Towson University Athletics department, local high schools and universities, and sports medicine clinics. The clinical education requirement allows the student to combine didactic classroom theory with actual "hands-on" application in a supervised practical laboratory experience.

The Athletic Training Education Program is a capped major with a limited enrollment. As such, admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program is to create, incorporate and apply knowledge of human movement as it relates to athletic training. The ATEP program of study is grounded in the University's commitment to liberal arts and sciences. Students are given the opportunity to examine the process and effect of human movement from an anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical perspective as well as a philosophical, psychological, sociological and historical perspective so they can develop the skills necessary to become certified athletic trainers.

In pursuit of its mission, the ATEP provides opportunities for its students to have a variety of clinical experiences.  These include both on- and off-site intercollegiate clinical experiences as well as public and private secondary schools. Through participation in student practicum and internships, the student is afforded the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge of athletic training as it relates to clinical practice.

Specific inquiries concerning the athletic training major can be directed to:
Dr. Michael Higgins
Department of Kinesiology
Towson Center, Room 327
Phone: 410-704-2772


Department of Kinesiology
Burdick Hall, Room 120
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Telephone: 410-704-2376
Fax: 410-704-3912


• Find out more about Admission to the Major.

National Athletic Trainers  Association (NATA)



The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

For our full Program Outcomes report, CLICK HERE (PDF)





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