Athletic Training


Bowling Green State University's athletic training program is transitioning to a graduate level professional program. The final class of undergraduate students must be enrolled in the university and complete the required prerequisites during the 2016-2017 academic year. The final class of undergraduate athletic training students will be enrolled and start in the Fall of 2017, after which no additional undergraduate students will be admitted. The athletic training faculty are currently developing the new graduate level program and anticipate enrolling the first cohort of graduate students starting in 2018. Please contact the Chris Schommer at schomme@bgsu.edu with any questions.

The Athletic Training major, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), prepares students to enter the athletic training profession. Athletic Training students in this undergraduate major are educated in all aspects of the professional practice of a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Through a combination of extensive classroom and clinical experiences in athletic training, this undergraduate major provides students the necessary competencies to challenge the Board of Certification Examination.

Due to the competitive admission criteria of the athletic training major, students must apply separately for admission. Students are considered pre-professional students as they enroll in the introductory courses and begin their directed observation for the AT major. The pre-professional phase is completed in their first two semesters on campus.

As the students complete their pre-professional requirements, students will apply for admission to the professional phase of the curriculum that includes advanced courses, five semesters of clinical education, and a semester-long internship.  Admitted students will typically begin the professional phase at the start of their third semester at BGSU.  Six semesters are required to complete the professional phase of the AT major.

Chris Schommer
Athletic Training Program Director


Board of Certification Examination Passing Rate

Fields 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 3 year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 16 13 19 19 19 57
number of students graduating from program who took examination
14 13 19 17 15 51
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 7 8 9 8 8 35
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 50 62 47 47 53 49
Number of students who passed examination regardless of the number of attempts
11 10 17 14 10 41
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.
79 77 89 82 67 80

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training program is to act as agents of change who will strive to fulfill this commitment through exemplary scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service; as well as continue the long-standing tradition of excellence, including alumnus (1943) who were involved in the founding of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Athletic Training Checksheet and Forms

The Athletic Training Checksheet is available here.

Athletic training Scholarships and Awards

The School of HMSLS offers scholarships and awards in Athletic Training. Please feel free to browse the current list.

For Additional Information

Please use the Information Request Form to request information about this program. Your request will then be forwarded to the secretary of this program.

For Online Applications

If you are interested in pursuing your undergraduate education at BGSU, you can use the online application form.