School of Education and Behavioral Studies

The Athletic Training program at PBA allows students to learn how to excel in the applied heath profession through didactic and clinical education and professional service.

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.

Click here to see Athletic Training Program Requirements and Information. 


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
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 in Athletic Training

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  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017  3-year Aggregate 
Number of students initially enrolled in each cohort 6 4 7 17
Number of students graduating from program 4 3 5 12
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 4 3 5 12
Number of students who passed the board examination on the first attempt 3 2 5 10
Percentage of students who passed the board examination on the first attempt 75% 67% 100% 83%
Number of students who passed the board examination regardless of the number of attempts 3 3 5 11
Percentage of students who pass the examination regardless of the number of attempts 75% 100% 100% 92%

PBA's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

  • As of March, 2017 the Athletic Training Program was placed on probation for a second year by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101 relating to student outcomes, specifically student performance on the national board exam. 
  • The Athletic Training Program is happy to announce that based on the 2017 graduating class’s performance on the board examination and improvement to 83% first-time board pass-rate, the program anticipates the CAATE will remove probation at their next meeting at the end of the calendar year. 

Contact Us

Department of Athletic Training: (561) 803-2378


Speaking of PBA

“Joining the PBA Athletic Training Program means you desire to help others achieve their goals, while serving their specific and general healthcare needs as well. Each member of this program is treated like a colleague, encouraged and expected to pursue improved knowledge in an effort to deliver excellent care of our patients and each other. What's truly unique about our program compared to many is that we pursue this professional discipline from a Christian worldview and expect that this foundation will sustain and grow each colleague into a better practitioner and person.”
--Vince Diller, Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training, Palm Beach Atlantic University