Athletic Training

New Master of Science in Athletic Training

A new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) degree will begin in May of 2020. The program is no longer excepting students into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree. If you are interested in learning more about our new MS-AT degree program, please fill out an interest form using the link below and visit our Prospective Students page for more information on admissions requirements and the athletic training profession.

Incoming students interested in pursuing a degree in athletic training should pursue a Bachelor's degree and obtain the necessary prerequisites, and apply to the program during their senior year. Recommended undergraduate programs include Exercise Science (most pre-requisite friendly), Public Health, Psychology, Health & Physical Education, Global Studies, and more. We have excellent advisers in our college that would help guide you through the preparation. 


History of Athletic Training at Appalachian State University

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. 

Vision & Mission


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.

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Athletic Training Faculty & Staff

Ashley Goodman
Ph.D., Higher Education
Athletic Training Program Director
Gross Anatomy Laboratory Director
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 418
Jennifer Howard
Assistant Professor
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 419
Ashley Marshall
Assistant Professor
Leon Levine Hall 417
Alan Needle
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Biomechanics and Movement Science
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 422
Laurie Rivera
Senior Lecturer
MEd, Physical Education
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Leon Levine Hall 420