Degrees Offered

Athletic Training Program Accreditation

The Athletic Training Program has ongoing professional accreditation through 2019-2020.

For More Information Contact:

John Burns, Program Director 785-670-2155

Email John Burns for more information

Athletic Training (B.S.)

What is an Athletic Trainer?

As announced on May 20, 2015, the Strategic Alliance of Athletic Training including the Board of Certification of Athletic Training (BOC), The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the NATA Foundation has determined that the professional degree for Athletic Training be a master’s degree. Therefore, the athletic training, as a profession, is in transition from being delivered at the bachelor's level to the master’s level.

 The transition doesn’t change the overall academic outcome for most students wanting to become athletic trainers.  Most AT's (80%) hold a master's degree or higher, receiving a bachelor in athletic training and then a Master's in a related area. The transition just flip-flops this process. Now students will earn a degree in a related field that prepares them to pursue a master’s of athletic training similar to other rehabilitation related healthcare professions.

As of the fall of 2017, Washburn University, Kinesiology Department is no longer accepting students into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training major. Instead, students will pursue a bachelor of science in exercise and rehabilitation science and then a master’s of athletic training in a program of their choosing. Students interested in this exciting new avenue to athletic training certification should contact John Burns, Kinesiology Department faculty, for more information at

Washburn's Athletic Training Program is CAATE Accredited, meaning upon graduation you will be eligible to sit for the national examination. 

For more information on Athletic Training visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website at