What will I learn?

Southern Arkansas University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. This degree is the foundation of a unique Athletic Training Program in which students learn competencies and skills in athletic training through a structured curriculum, clinical education and supervised clinical experiences. Students accumulate clinical experience hours that are directly supervised by the athletic training staff at SAU. Upon completion of the program and required courses, the student will graduate with a degree in athletic training and will be able to sit for the Board of Certification exam. The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The program offers a coeducational environment where athletic training students have an opportunity to gain experience with a variety of sports, including volleyball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain experience in local area high schools and with local allied healthcare professionals.

Educational Opportunities

Students are given the opportunity to hone their skills in athletic training by assisting staff athletic trainers with athlete care in directly supervised settings. The student will also have opportunities to shadow the SAU medical director/team physician in the clinical and surgical settings. Allied healthcare providers such as physical therapists, pharmacists and general practitioners in the local area have also made their clinics available for student observation and learning.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the certified athletic trainer lie in areas such as high schools, colleges, universities, clinics, industries, corporate settings and professional sports programs.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$12,160.00 per year
Start date

Expected January 2020


College of Education

100 E. University,



71753, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have official transcripts listing courses, examinations, grades, and marks from your high school or college/university.

International students who have graduated with a G.E.D. in the United States or a degree (High School, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree) from an accredited school in the United States or another English-speaking country must meet the same admission requirements as U.S. students. We require a 2.0 minimum GPA for all incoming freshmen; We highly recommend that a student take the ACT or SAT prior to admission.

For other international students, the English language requirement of SAU will be met when the applicant has submitted proof of ONE of the following:

A score of 500 or higher on the written TOEFL

A score of 173 or higher on the computerized TOEFL

A score of 61 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL

A score of Band 5.5 (overall) on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Completion of Level 109 at an ELS Language Center or its equivalent

Completion of EF Level 4

A score of 410 on the SAT Verbal or a score of 19 on the ACT English

Completion of Level 4 of SAU ELS program

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