What is a Licensed Athletic Trainer?

What is an ATC? (Certified Athletic Trainer)

The Licensed Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings.
Licensed athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human psychology/counseling. Licensed athletic trainers also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision.

>> Certification

Licensed athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The certification examination administered by BOC consists of a written portion with multiple choice questions.  The examination covers a variety of topics within the five practice domains of athletic training:

* Prevention of athletic injuries
* Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries
* Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
* Health care administration
* Professional development and responsibility

Once athletic trainers pass the certification examination proving skills and knowledge within each of the five domains, they use the designation "ATC."


Once Athletic Trainers receive their national certification they must also receive licensure from the Department of Health in Washington.  Once they receive licensure the athletic trainer is also designated as an "LAT."