History & Mission

The Athletic Training Program at Appalachian State University has been in existence since 1973, when it became one of the first approved programs by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the first within the University of North Carolina system. The program was accredited by CAHEA from 1989-1994, CAAHEP from 1994-2006, and is currently accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). We provide a challenging program that encourages the highest quality classroom and clinical experiences for our students. Our program prides itself on providing the students with opportunities to grow not only professionally but personally as well. Our graduates are employed throughout the United States in colleges & universities, clinics, corporations, physicians offices, high schools, professional sports, and the military.


The vision of the Athletic Training Professional Program at Appalachian State University is to become a prominent, comprehensive program that utilizes innovative and transformative experiences to prepare Athletic Trainers who optimize the health and quality of life of their patients across evolving healthcare settings.


The mission of the Athletic Training Professional Program at Appalachian State University is to develop evidence-based healthcare professionals with the ability to think critically and reflectively and communicate effectively while exhibiting the highest standards of ethical behavior in a changing healthcare landscape. Through collaborative and dynamic educational experiences, students will develop the skills to optimize healthcare for life and sport through the prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries and illnesses. Students will become competent Athletic Trainers who facilitate and advocate for their patients' well-being as engaged members of the healthcare team and community.