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Theodore J. Smith
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Athletic Training

The Minds and Muscles Behind Active Lifestyles

Become an expert in prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. As a certified and licensed health care professional for the physically active, you will support and guide individuals in their quests for a safe approach to work, life and sport.

Colby-Sawyer’s Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training prepares you to design and implement individualized treatment, rehabilitation, reconditioning and prevention programs for athletes and the physically active. Hands-on classes, research in the college’s human performance lab, a Capstone project, and required internship and clinical experiences prepare you for the Board of Certification Exam to become a certified and licensed athletic trainer.

Understand the physiological responses of human growth and development as well as the progression of acute and chronic injuries, illnesses and diseases. Recognize, intervene and appropriately refer treatment for harmful sociocultural, mental, emotional and physical behaviors. Recognize the nutritional aspects of athleticism, as well as the indications, contraindications, precautions, interactions and governing regulations of medications relevant to the treatment of injuries.

Learn how to develop, administer and manage athletic-related health care facilities and associated venues, and to appreciate the professional responsibilities, opportunities for professional development, and national and state regulatory standards for the practice of athletic training.

Notice to Prospective Students Interested in Athletic Training:

Colby-Sawyer is no longer accepting students into the bachelor of science degree program in athletic training. To support future students with interest in careers in athletic training, Colby-Sawyer has entered into a 3+2 articulation agreement with Plymouth State University.

Entering students will enroll in the Bachelor of Science in exercise science program selecting a focus in athletic training and be able to complete their bachelors and master's degree in five years. If you are interested in learning more about the 3+2 bachelor's of exercise science to master's of science in athletic training agreement with Plymouth State, please contact T. J. Smith at

My internships and clinical experiences provided me with opportunities to connect with some of the best-known athletic training names in New England. I gained vital information and made connections for my future.”

Zac Kershaw ’16 – Head Athletic Trainer at Granby High School in Norfolk, Va.


Learn from the Experts

Five required clinical experiences supplement your academics, build your resume and prepare you for a successful career in professional sports, sports medicine clinics, academic, corporate or industrial settings, or graduate studies in athletic training, physical therapy and allied health fields.

Graduate Ready

The Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students who graduate with a degree in Athletic Training are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Training Certification Examination.

Application Information

Additional costs associated with the athletic training program can be found here.


The Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE accreditation effective May 31, 2024.