Academics / Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Program Director:

Sara Brown, MS, ATC617-353-7507

It’s medicine, sports, and the human body. It’s working in emergency situations like acute, on-field injury management. It’s building relationships with patients who are rehabilitating from injuries, whether acute or after surgery.

A career in athletic training lets you combine your interests—including a passion for helping people—with a variety of roles and work settings. It also offers a great employment outlook. If that’s what you want in a career, what should you look for in an educational program?

A top school for science, health care, and humanity

A prestigious research university in a world-famous medical hub offers real advantages for a future health care practitioner. At Boston University, you’ll learn from faculty members and practitioners at the top of their fields. You’ll also get a strong liberal arts background—exactly what you’ll need to think critically, solve problems, and communicate well with the wide range of people you’ll work with professionally. And if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, few schools offer as many as BU. They range from Sargent College’s participation in Health Leads to BU’s outstanding, student-run Community Service Center.

Clinical experience that starts early—and never stops

Usually in your freshman year, you’ll start acquiring supervised experience in varsity and club sports at BU and MIT. BU’s large clinical training network includes over 15 affiliated sites and 70 clinical instructors in the Boston area, all focused on creating real-life learning experiences for you. You’ll learn to apply knowledge and hands-on skills in different professional settings. The broad exposure to many different patient situations can help you zero in on your areas of interest and career goals, too.

Interactions with physicians in every setting

That means not only on the field, but in the classroom, the operating room, the emergency room, the athletic training room, and the clinic. You’ll learn extensively from physicians, preparing for a career where collaboration with medical professionals is critical.

The newest AT practices from the latest research

As you might expect, we emphasize evidence-based practice at BU. We teach what’s most current, drawn from research—some of which happens here at Sargent College. Our students have the opportunity to assist at research labs right in our building.

A competitive edge for jobs and grad school

You’ll receive your degree from BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitations Sciences: Sargent College, noted for its highly ranked professional programs. Whether seeking employment or applying to graduate school, our graduates get offers.

A small, inspiring community inside a big, exciting university

Our students have presented papers to major conferences, interned with the Buffalo Bills, and gained experience with BU’s nationally ranked ice hockey teams. Our department has sponsored a nationwide conference of athletic training student volunteers for the Boston Marathon. We’ve sent students to help provide athletic training services in underserved city schools. And we’ve sent faculty to Washington in support of key legislation.

We’re a close-knit community within a large university, encouraging our students to succeed. Beyond Sargent College, you’ll have access to countless student organizations, activities, and study abroad options at BU. You can take advantage of the world-class sports and workout facilities at our Fitness & Recreation Center—and the intellectual and cultural energy of Boston, just minutes away.

Our program is designed to challenge you. In fact, the only thing simple about it is the entry procedure: once admitted as a freshman through BU’s regular admissions process, you’re admitted into the program with no separate application required.

We invite you to read more about the BSAT program, career options, and the experiences of our students. If you have questions, please email us at