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Department of Kinesiology

The BS in Athletic Training is no longer accepting students. California State University, Fresno is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective August 2020. 

What is the pass rate of the students who have taken the Board of Certification Examination

pass rate list
 BOC EXAM PASS RATE 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3 yr
Number of students graduating from the program 18 17 11 46
Number of students who have attempted the exam 17 17 11 45
Number of students who passed on the first attempt 11 10 6 27
Percentage of students who passed on the first attempt (%) 65 59 55 60
Number of students who passed regardless of the number of attempts 16 14 8 38
Percentage of students who passed regardless of the number of attempts (%) 94 82 73 84


Student Graduation Rate
Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased). 


Student Graduation Rate
STUDENT RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATE 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3-yr aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 18 22 11 51
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 18 21 11 50
Program retention rate (%) 100 95 100 98
Number of students graduating from the program 18 17 11 46
Student graduation rate (%) 100 77 100 90

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students with 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

Employment rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

Employment rate
 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT RATE 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3 yr aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 16 9  7 32
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 89 53  64 70
Number of students employed as other 0 3  1 4
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 0 18  9 9
Number of students not employed 0 0  1 1
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 0 0  9 2



Are athletic trainers the same as personal trainers?

No, athletic training is not the same profession as personal training.  An athletic trainer is an expert on recognizing, evaluating, and treating musculoskeletal injuries.  Athletic trainers must receive a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).  Once certified, athletic trainers must meet any of the requirements of the state and meet ongoing continuing education requirements.  Click here for a more in-depth comparison of the differences between athletic trainers and personal trainers.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We typically admit a cohort of 20-24 each academic year.  This results in 40-48 athletic training students in the program each year. Variations in the numbers accepted are typically due to access to a sufficient number of preceptors to keep the student:AT ratio low.

What is the time commitment for the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Program?

We have a clinical practicum course students take each semester.  That course requires a minimum of 20 hours per week and a maximum of 35 hours per week.

Am I able to have a job while in the program?

Several students do maintain jobs while in the Program.  We do require that your coursework, including your clinical classes (practica), are your priority.  Because clinical hours are variable an employer needs to be willing to accommodate this variability.  As best possible, we ask that clinical preceptors develop student schedules at least two weeks in advance so students who work can have ample time to notify their employer.

How many of your graduating students find employment in their chosen field?

Our alums have taken positions in a variety of settings.  About 50% of the students each year desire to pursue a masters degree upon completion of their undergraduate program.  We have a very good track record of helping students find these positions, many are within high caliber prestigious institutions. Others may take positions within high schools or clinics and a portion of our alums pursue another professional program such as physical therapy or physician assistant.

How can I get more information about the program?

Contact the program director - Stephanie Moore, PhD, ATC (, 559-278-0255)