Athletic Trainer in New York

How to become a certified Athletic Trainer in New York.

As a certified athletic trainer in New York, you will be working with physicians to assist athletes as they recover from athletic injuries. This includes preconditioning, conditioning and reconditioning. Anyone who wishes to become a ‘Certified Athletic Trainer’ within the state of New York must obtain licensure and in order to be so they must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 or over
  • Have the correct education requirements
  • Have undertaken the required examinations

Once you have met all 3 criteria, you may apply for licensure from the New York State licensing authority – the details of which can be found below:

New York State Education Department

Office of the Professions

Division of Professional Licensing Services

Athletic Training Unit

89 Washington Avenue, 2nd floor

Albany, New York 12234

Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1270


Certification Requirements

There are certain educational requirements that those wishing to become certified athletic trainers must have. Candidates must have one of the following:

A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an athletic training program that has been deemed acceptable for licensure by the New York State Education Department OR a Bachelor’s or higher from a program that has been accredited by either NATA (National Athletic Trainer’s Association), CAAHP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs), or CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).

A Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major with part of the degree program (or in addition to it) including:

  • 12 semester hours in the professional athletic training content area, which may include:

– kinesiology/biomechanics;

– exercise physiology;

– infection control;

– professionalism and ethics; and

– prevention and care of athletic injuries (i.e., preconditioning, conditioning, reconditioning, recognition, assessment, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

  • 9 semester hours in the human biological and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences content area, which may include:

– principles of human anatomy and physiology;

– neuroscience;

– nutrition;

– pharmacology;

– psychology and sports psychology; and

– counseling, education, and communication skills.

  • 1,500 clock hours of clinical or work experience in the practice of athletic training supervised by:

– a New York State Certified Athletic Trainer, or

– a NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).[1]

In addition to the above educational qualifications, you will also need to take the NATA Board of Certification examination and obtain a satisfactory score. More information about this exam can be found here


The current fee to obtain licensure is $158 but this is subject to change.

Those taking the BOC examination will also need to pay $300 plus an additional one-off application fee of $35 for NATA members or $60 for non-members.



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