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Athletic Training

Athletic Training (AT) focuses on collaborating with physicians to optimize activity and participation of physically active individuals. Through our Athletic Training Program (ATP), you will learn how to recognize, treat, and prevent musculoskeletal injuries in individuals on professional and school-based sports teams, in clinics, hospitals, corporations, the military, performing arts, and more.

Our program is designed to cover knowledge and skills in prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. During your final year in the AT Program, you apply to become an eligible candidate for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. You must successfully pass the BOC exam in order to earn the title Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Following certification, you must obtain licensure in order to practice as an Athletic Trainer. In Louisiana, the governing body is the State Board of Medical Examiners. 

The program is currently accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite100, Austin TX 78731-3101. The program  has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE accreditation begining May 2020, and has also begun the degree change process. As of May 1st, 2018, our first-time Board of Certification (BOC) pass rate is 76%, which is above our mandated accreditation standard. The previous two classes have a combined first-time pass rate of 83%. Our aggregate pass rate table may be accessed here.

The AT Program consists of four years of concentrated academic study culminating in a two-and-a-half-year program of Athletic Training academic courses and clinical rotation experiences. These clinical rotations take place with UL Athletics, local high schools, physicians and therpay centers. Visit our Clinical Sites page for a complete listing.

The Athletic Training curriculum combines courses in biology, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and more so you can work with athletes and sports teams across the country. Through your Kinesiology courses, you'll learn prevention and care of athletic injuries, how to assess injuries in upper and lower extremities, reconditioning of sports injuries, exercise testing and prescription, nutrition for fitness and sports, and advanced sports medicine. Our graduation, retention and job placement data table may be accessed here.

Program Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to prepare our students for professional assimilation through a rigorous education process that blends a challenging academic curriculum with aggressive, hands-on clinical experiences. Through this process, our students will become life-long learners that seek answers to the changing medical environment by exploring and conducting research. Ultimately, graduates of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be prepared to successfully attempt the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become competent allied health care professionals for the physically active individuals of South Louisiana and surrounding region.

For further information, contact:
Randy L. Aldret, EdD, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor and Director, Athletic Training Program
225 Cajundome Blvd., Bourgeois Hall #136-A
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 482-5681
raldret@louisiana.edu