Want to be an Athletic Trainer?
According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022), athletic training is projected to grow 17% from 2021-2031, with nearly 2500 jobs opening annually. In order to become an athletic trainer, a person must graduate from a CAATE accredited master’s level program.
Completion of these programs allows an individual to be eligible for the Board of Certification Exam and enter the profession of athletic training.
What schools in Oklahoma can I attend?
Currently, three CAATE accredited programs exist in the State of Oklahoma. Individual program information can be found in the links below.
Please reach out to the individual program directors with specific questions.
Oklahoma State University
School of Allied Health
Department of Athletic Training
1111 W. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
University of Central Oklahoma
Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Box 189, Wantland Hall
100 N. University Dr. Edmond, OK 73034
Clinical Education Coordinator:
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
After obtaining your certification, there are a few things you need to do to be able to practice in Oklahoma and protect yourself moving forward.
Click the links below for your next steps.
Maintain Your License
Maintaining your licensure has specific requirements that must be met on a yearly basis. Check out this information and be sure to mark the dates in your calendar!
State Practice Act
Access Oklahoma's state practice act, rules document, proposed rules, and policies to ensure compliance.
Professional Liability Insurance
Protect yourself and your livelihood by obtaining liability insurance. Even if your employer offers malpractice insurance, it's better to be safe than sorry.
The ATs Care program is designed to offer crisis management training opportunities for athletic trainers dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident. The mission of the ATs Care Commission is to aid ATs and AT students who have been through a critical incident by utilizing a peer-to peer-system to assist, monitor and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams.
Each year, Oklahoma has a number of volunteer opportunities for athletic trainers to give back to the community throughout the state. These will be updated periodically as the need for athletic trainers changes.
Looking for a Job?
The NATA is always posting jobs available for athletic trainers. Take a look often so you can stay on top of the most recent positions.
Alternative Teaching Certification
High schools in Oklahoma are a great place for athletic trainers to work. However, you will need to obtain an alternative teaching certification to be hired by the school district.
OATA Mentorship Program
Interested in being a mentor to new ATs?
Or are you a new AT that could benefit from a mentor?
Check out this program put together by the Early Professionals Committee and the Career Advancement Committee to learn more.