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We Are... Athletic Training

Our students are drawn to Penn State’s beautiful campus and the State College area, which offer a university with rich history, inspiration for excellence, and the vibrancy of a celebrated college town. They feel at home in our thriving community that welcomes a diverse array of newcomers and encouraged by our approachable educators. They want to follow in the footsteps of our trailblazing alumni while crafting a personalized experience.

Outstanding Achievement

The Penn State Master of Athletic Training program consistently tops national averages for student retention and graduation, passage rate on the Board of Certification exam, and post-graduate employment as an athletic trainer.

Engaged Educators

All faculty have a wealth of clinical experience and remain active in professional service, and possess diverse backgrounds, interests, and expertise.

Advanced Learning Resources

Penn State is one of a few institutions featuring an Athletic Training Simulation Learning Laboratory, a facility designed specifically for athletic training education. The state-of-the-art facility offers students opportunities to put their knowledge into practice through the coordinated use of advanced technology, standardized patients, and various task trainers to simulate real-world scenarios that translate to valuable active learning experiences.

"For the sixth year in a row, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Hershey Medical Center is ranked as one of the best in the nation for orthopedic care."

Penn State Health News, July 2022

Top Tier Athletics and Health Care

Athletic training students at Penn State interact with some of the nation’s top athletes and health care providers. Penn State Athletics boast an all-time rank of No. 4 among all Division I programs, with 52 NCAA Championships and the most national championships of any Big Ten school. The U.S. News & World Report lists Penn State Health as one of the best in the nation for orthopedic care.

Professional Network

With an expansive footprint, students have the potential to forge connections with one of the largest alumni networks in the world. Connections with Penn State Health, the official provider of Penn State Athletics, affords students a wealth of professional development opportunities, including exposure to integrative sports medicine research.

Community Outreach

The program articulates with University and surrounding area operations that contribute to the betterment of diverse communities and humankind.

Global Connections

Students have occasions to embark on worldwide opportunities that stretch their personal growth and cultural competence beyond our local, state, and national borders.