How many years do you have to go to school to be a sports trainer?
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However, if you want to be a strength and conditioning coach for a collegiate sports program or professional sports team, a Master's degree or PhD, also in Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology, are pretty much required. This would be 4 years of college to get you bachelor's degree, plus 2 years for your Master's degree or on average 5 to 8 years to get your PhD.
Additionally, getting certified as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is good for either, but, first, you need a bachelor's degree to get it, not to mention it's required by most collegiate and professional sports programs for their strength and conditioning coaches. The regular personal trainer certification doesn't require a college degree.
Patricia Dorch, M.S.
The curricula involves science and health related subjects such as nutrition, kinesiology, biomechanics and exercise physiology, Experience requirements include supervision in clinics and internships. So the schooling would be 4 yrs plus if you wanted more education or experience in the field.
According to the bureau of Labor Statistics most states require trainers to be licensed or registered. Licensing and registration are given by the Board of Certification, which requires that applicants have a degree from an accredited school and a passing score on a qualifying exam. There are also some continuing education requirements.
Make sure the school that you choose has a good program for this area of choice, and research the programs at different schools so that you have a comparison for this particular major. I also would interview some Athletic Trainers to get an opinion from someone who is doing the job you would like to do. Sometimes they will let you shadow them as on the job training.
I wish you luck in your search, and hope that you will research the schools of interest before you decided on what school is the best for you. It is also important to find the right school and if they have a master program, or internship that you might want to apply for.