Master of Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training Student - Kierra Washington

Athletic Training Student - Samantha Kaspala

Dr. Brian Hatzel #GVLakerEffect

Never to be Forgotten

It is with heavy hearts we announce Daniel (Dan) Chappell, a Laker for a Lifetime, passed away on August 14, 2020.  Dan graduated from GVSU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Athletic Training.  Upon graduation, Dan worked as an athletic trainer for 35 years at East Kentwood High School.  During which time he was a preceptor to our program. He was dedicated to his family, our students, and our university.  Dan's huge heart will continue to give through the Dan Chappell `85 Athletic Training Memorial Scholarship.  An article through GVnext "Scholarship fund created in memory of longtime athletic trainer, graduate" has been published along with his funeral arrangements/obituary.  Thank you Dan for being a fantastic mentor, preceptor, alumni, and your years of service for the profession and our program.  You will be missed.

Dan Chappell `85

AT's Are Health Care

Athletic Trainers Are...

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic injuries.

As Defined by the Board of Certification (BOC)

“Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession."

The 5 Domains of athletic training include: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation & Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

For more information about what an Athletic Trainer is, please visit the BOCNATA, and/or AT Your Own Risk

GVSU Athletic Training Program Mission

The mission of the Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is to prepare professionals to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and the physically active. Preparation is supported by formal instruction, clinical experience, and research.

Career Options

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Examples of employment settings include:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Industrial and Commercial
  • Military
  • Performing Arts
  • Professional Sports
  • Public Safety
  • Secondary Schools


The Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is a CAATE accredited program that is Active in Good Standing