How Much Does Athletic Trainer School Cost?

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Athletic Trainers are employed by university and professional sports teams, as well as in hospitals and clinics to assess injuries and provide patient therapy.

Waiting at the sidelines and in the locker rooms, the athletic trainers provide immediate care and training in injury-prevention techniques.

Athletic Trainers need a bachelor’s degree, which can be earned through a public or private four-year university.

Typical Costs

  • Public colleges get support in part by tax dollars, and thus state residents pay lower tuition rates, at average of $5,000 during 2006-2007.
  • Mississippi’s Alcorn State University 2008-2009 tuition, for example, was set near $4,500 per year, which made a total  $18,000 overall for residents and about $10,700 annually for out-of-state students.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides an athletic training program for around $9,200 per year or approx. $36,800 for the four-year bachelor’s program for students beginning in 2008-2009; while the nonresident tuition runs about $11,500 a year.
  • A degree in Athletic Training at a private college is priced around $20,000 a year during 2006-2007 or around $80,000 for a complete degree program.
  • Ohio’s Ashland University 2008-2009 tuition is set at $23,550 or $94,200 for four years.
  • Sargent at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences provides tuition at $36,540 for the 2008-2009 school year or $146,160 for the degree program.

Additional Costs

  • The average price for books and supplies is $900-$1,350 per year during 2207-2008, totaling near $5,400.
  • The license requirements vary by state, while the testing and certification are available through the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.


  • The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) provides scholarships for students in their junior year in college; however, the eligibility requirements include a minimum 3.2 GPA, sponsorship by a certified athletic trainer and NATA membership.
  • Most financial aid packages, scholarships and student loans require completion of FAFSA – a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Shopping For Athletic Trainer School

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training provides a list of accredited schools by state.

Interested? Read the full guide on how to become an athletic trainer.

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