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IMPORTANT! The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training has been phased out. The final class of students was admitted into the program in Spring 2020. All Athletic Training students who have been admitted into the program must complete all Athletic Training required coursework by May 2022.

Incoming freshman and transfer students: the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will begin in Summer 2020. We are offering MSAT as a Stand Alone master’s degree for those students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree. We are also offering the Expedited (5 year) Bachelors and Masters Track for NKU students majoring in the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

For more information please visit NKU's Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) website. If you have any questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Rachele Vogelpohl at


Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

The professional preparation of athletic trainers is based on the following eight content areas: Evidence-Based Practice; Prevention and Health Promotion; Clinical Examination and Diagnosis; Acute Care of Injury and Illness; Therapeutic interventions; Psychosocial Strategies and Referral; Healthcare Administration; and Professional Development and Responsibility.

Career Paths

The athletic degree program of study contains 93 hours of coursework and concurrent clinical education. The intent of the athletic training program is to prepare students for a career, as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Athletic trainers are vital members of the healthcare team for:

  • College and University athletics
  • High School athletics
  • Professional athletics
  • Performing arts
  • Physician extender and rehabilitation clinics
  • Military
  • Industrial/corporate locations
  • Public safety

Program Contact Information

Rachele E. Vogelpohl, PhD, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director



NKU's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.