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What is the most direct route to become a athletic trainer?

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I'm interested in this career because I like to help people. #athletic-training

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Hi Erinesha, I'm happy to see that you're interested in Athletic Training as a career! First off, let me say that it is a great profession if you'd like to mix a passion for medicine and sports. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly skilled health care professionals who work in a variety of active settings to advise on and execute plans to address issues such as emergency and preventative care, environmental conditions, facility and equipment safety, and other sports- and job-related matters. ATs can help their patients better oversee injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. In the professions current stage of growth, the accreditation board is currently transitioning from an entry level bachelors to an entry level masters degree. Meaning, you would first have to obtain a bachelors degree is a major like kinesiology or pre-physical therapy/athletic training. Some schools may offer a 3+2 option where you're first three years of college will be focused on obtaining undergraduate classes followed by immediate matriculation into an entry-level masters Athletic Training program. This would allow you to become a certified Athletic Trainer after 5 years rather than 6. If you have any other questions feel free to reach out. Kevin Keene, MS, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer Nemours Children's Hospital