Common Career Paths

  • Certified athletic trainer (high school or college)
  • Certified athletic trainer (professional sports)
  • Certified athletic trainer (physical therapy clinic)
  • Physician extender
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
Athletic Training majors at George Fox study at one the West Coast's top Christian colleges.

Are you interested in a career as an athletic trainer? George Fox University’s bachelor’s degree in athletic training prepares you to work in a wide range of settings. Graduates of the program are employed at secondary schools, colleges, corporate fitness centers, physical therapy clinics, and rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics. Some graduates obtain advanced degrees in several disciplines related to exercise science and athletic training.

Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. Students who are accepted into the program and complete all requirements will be prepared to sit for the athletic training Board of Certification exam.

In addition to taking courses related to your major, you’ll take general education classes ranging from Bible and the humanities to communication and mathematics – all taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated with learning.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


Request information about the athletic training major at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox's athletic training major prepares students for a number of careers in the field.

Job Outlook

Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to make its biggest gains in schools and youth leagues, as people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age. The majority of athletic trainers work in the collegiate setting (27 percent) but they also work in high schools, professional sports, performing arts, physician offices, physical therapy clinics, industrial settings and even the military.

  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Portland State University
  • Pacific University
  • Linfield College
  • Corban University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Jesuit High School
  • Canby High School
  • Sherwood High School
  • Mountain View High School
  • Proactive Physical Therapy
  • Indiana State University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Oregon State University
  • DPT Pacific University
  • DPT University of Southern California
  • DPT University of Puget Sound
  • Arizona Health Sciences Center
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Portland State University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Willamette University
  • Newberg Fire and Rescue
  • Local area high schools

Points of Distinction

  • Graduates achieved a 77.8 percent pass rate on the Board of Certification exam in 2011-12.
  • Nearly all students receive placement after graduation.
  • Clinical educational rotations for students include OHSU, Portland State, Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University and area high schools.
  • Courses include hands-on practice with modalities, rehabilitation and orthopedic assessment.

Why George Fox?

  • Christ-centered community
    Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
  • Global opportunities
    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
  • Small classes
    Our 13.6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.
  • National recognition
    George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.
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Athletic Training Student Experiences

Lindsay Hagler ('08)

"The GFU Athletic Training Program provided many opportunities to acquire necessary skills with handson experiences in a variety of situations. Program instructors provided practical applications that prepared me both academically and clinically for my current position in an orthopedic clinic and for outreach at a high school as the head athletic trainer. The program’s diverse clinical rotations allowed me to be knowledgeable and successful in both work settings."

- Lindsay Hagler ('08)

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