Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Program Overview

Athletic Training Major

The athletic training major, offered through the Department of Kinesiology, is designed to prepare students to enter athletic training and/or allied health fields. Learn about the program's admissions criteria.

Clinical Assignments and Internships

Our students gain valuable real world experience through clinical assignments and internships.  Athletic training majors work with the college's 16 athletic teams and many off-campus sites including the following:

  • The Buffalo Bills
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Buffalo State College
  • Sweet Home High School
  • Erie Community College
  • St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
  • The Knee Center of WNY
  • Amherst High School
  • Nichols School
  • Canisius High School

Hands-on experience in an off-campus setting gives students an advantage in the job market.  They often make connections that lead to future employment.

Athletic Training Club

Students studying the Athletic Training curriculum will have opportunities to work on improving their clinical experiences as well as realize the opportunity to attend national conferences.


Michael Dolan

Pete Koehneke

Adjunct Faculty

Katherine Glose

Erin Finnegan

Jacob Janicki

Andrew Smith

Keith Stube, MD

Faculty Research

Athletic Training majors at Canisius benefit from the chance to participate in faculty research. Not only do they collect data, some have also presented at regional and national National Athletic Trainers Association conferences.


Our program is accredited by CAATE, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The Canisius College athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101 relating to student outcomes. A plan is being implemented to bring the program into compliance.

Certification program in Athletic Training

Qualifies graduates to take the Board of Certification exam.

Dual degree program - BS/MSEd

Provided on a custom basis for interested students, this program awards a bachelor’s in athletic training after four years, and a master’s in education – usually physical education – within six years.


The many electives Canisius offers are especially beneficial for students who want to pursue careers as physicians, podiatrists, physical therapists, dentists, or physician assistants.

Graduate Assistantships

Many students attend graduate schools in athletic training and related health care professions such as Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Exercise Science.  In the past five years graduates have accepted assistantships at these universities, among others:

  • Clemson University
  • University of Houston
  • West Virginia University
  • Life University
  • University at Buffalo

Professional Athletic Training Organizations

Graduates have held or currently hold state, district and regional elected officer positions in professional athletic training organizations.