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.
Peter Koehneke – President Board of Certification (BOC), Previous Chair JRC-AT Accreditation Committee
Andrew Smith – Member NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Member NATA District 2 Web Advisory Group, Past President NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association
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.
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.
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.