School of Education and Behavioral Studies

Athletic Training

You want the skills and knowledge you need to help care for injured or ill athletes, but you also want a Christ-centered education. You’ll find that in the Athletic Training program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The program, which began in 2000, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Your Program

At PBA, you can major in athletic training with a concentration in exercise science.

Click here to see the classes you'd be taking.

Your Experience

At PBA, Florida's Top Christian College, you'll:

  • Work with athletic teams at PBA as well as high schools and other institutions.
  • Gain knowledge of prevention, assessment, acute care and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.
  • Learn about the organization and administration of a sports medicine facility.
  • Benefit from professional development opportunities.
  • Experience an education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective.
  • Learn from professors who are committed Christians — and experts in their fields.
  • Enjoy a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 19.
  • Develop essential skills in writing, speaking and communication
  • Engage in hands-on learning through clinicals. Click here to read about safety policies.
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations.
  • Prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination. See below:
Miami HEAT Head Athletic Trainer Jay Sabol demonstrates a technique on a PBA Athletic Training student in the HEAT’s athletic training clinic.



Your Faculty

Your faculty members are board-certified to practice athletic training. They have studied at top institutions, such as Cal State Fullerton, and are outstanding researchers in areas such as investigating the validity of a clinical test commonly used in athletic training and rehabilitation. They have real-world experience, including one professor who has been a practicing physical therapist since 1987. They’re also exceptional teachers who have received PBA’s top awards for teaching. And they’re caring people of faith who work to help the medically indigent.

Your Opportunities

During your sophomore year, you’ll begin clinical rotations in areas such as orthopedic surgery, athletics, general medical experience and outpatient rehabilitation. You’ll have opportunities to work with athletic teams not only at PBA, but also at local high schools and other colleges and universities.

Graduates who majored in athletic training have enrolled in graduate programs at schools including the University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Clemson University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, Indiana University Bloomington and A.T. Still University.

Board of Certification National Examination

Board of Certification Exam   2012-2013   2013-2014   2014-2015   3-year Aggregate 
 Number Taking exam (n) 3 4 12
 First-time pass rate (n) 80% (4) 33% (1) 75% (3)  67% (8)
 Overall pass rate (n) 100% (5) 33% (1) 75% (3) 75% (9)
Number not re-taking exam 2 0 2

Contact Us

Department of Athletic Training: (561) 803-2378


Speaking of PBA...

“Our program really nurtures the student’s appreciation for a holistic approach to health care. We focus on developing compassion and teaching students to address patients as people.”
--Tyler Hamilton, Program Director, Athletic Training, Palm Beach Atlantic University