Health, Recreation & Fitness :: Associate of Arts - <br />Physical Education: Athletic Training

Health, Recreation & Fitness

Associate of Arts -
Physical Education: Athletic Training

Focused Area Advisor: Stephanie Govea, 208.732.6251 or

Major Advisor: Jamie Tigue, 208.732.6479 or


Students completing an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education: Athletic Training are prepared to transfer to a Bachelor degree program offered at Idaho's four-year colleges. The Athletic Training degree provides excellent preparation for professional and graduate schools. Most positions sought by students in the scientific and medical professions will require some type of advanced degree.


The program offers an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, which requires a minimum of four semesters.


The Physical Education: Athletic Training provides students with the opportunity to explore this area of sports medicine through courses in nutrition, biological and physical sciences, applied anatomy, and care and prevention of athletic injuries.


Career opportunities for athletic trainers are good. Approximately 25,000 athletic trainers are employed in the United States. Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow about 27% through 2014.

  • The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled health sciences professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health-care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other health-care settings.
  • Depending on the employment agency and location, starting salaries in athletic training range from $22,000 to $35,000 a year. With a master's degree, a person can start from $30,000 to $36,000 a year. There are athletic trainers who work for professional teams and earn from $75,000 to $125,000 a year. The benefits received as an athletic trainer may include paid vacation, health insurance, and pension plan.

Physical Education: Athletic Training Semester Plan