Athletic Training Education Program

Athletic Training Education Program

Program Description

The Athletic Training Education Program at Central Arizona College combines academics and athletics to provide a hands-on experience that prepares students interested in athletic training and other sports medicine fields.

The successful student will complete an associate’s degree with an emphasis in athletic training. Students will learn the basics of anatomy, injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, along with training room administration. This is achieved through lecture and practical laboratory course work. Students are also able to assist the staff with team practices and game coverage.

Length of Program

Students can complete the program in four full-time semesters, or two years. While at CAC, students may apply for grants, scholarships and low-interest loans and work-study for financial aid assistance.

Athletics Program

Intercollegiate athletic programs at Central Arizona College offer 10 sports for men and women. Central Arizona College competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college has produced 36 national championship teams in seven sports, including baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, track and field and rodeo.


The Athletic Training Staff at Central Arizona College consists of two full-time head athletic trainers.  Dr. Steven Porter, out of Mesa, AZ, is our team doctor and orthopedic surgeaon. He makes monthly visits to the campus to see the athletes and check on any injuries. Other professions which help maintain the health of the athletes are: Physical Therapists, Physicians and Physician Assistants, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, and others.

Career Opportunities

A background in athletic training can lead to positions in the field beyond the traditional settings of the university, college or professional sports ranks. Today athletic trainers are employed in hospital and out-patient clinics, the industrial setting, high schools, in addition to serving as physician extenders assisting in the medical practice. The medical field is growing rapidly and allied health professionals, particularly athletic trainers, are in high demand.

A bachelor’s degree in athletic training is the minimum education to qualify for certification as an athletic trainer. The career is for people who want to work with a variety of active people while providing rehabilitation services and patient education. Athletic trainers are employed worldwide, so travel could be included in this profession. A variety of hours can be required, including weekends and evenings. Flexibility is a key component to the position of athletic training.

Learn More

For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program talk with a CAC recruiting representative, a counselor, or contact Janie Kelly, head athletic trainer, at 520-494-5306 or

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