Some of the best colleges to attend for athletic training include Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and the University of Texas at Austin, Texas. Another top college for athletic training is California State University - Long Beach in Long Beach, California.
Ithaca College offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, which features three separate concentrations. As of 2015, the school has 25 sports teams that athletic training students work with for hands-on experience, while the campus features state-of-the-art facilities including a pool and rock climbing wall.
The University of Texas at Austin prepares students for a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer through a curriculum that uses a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students gain experience through classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. It offers courses for students interested in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions.
The athletic training program at California State University - Long Beach only admits students who fit its rigid requirements. After successful completion of courses and with the approval of an instructor, students can take the Board of Certification exam to become certified athletic trainers.