Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science

B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training


The Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science offers a dual B.S./M.S. degree in Athletic Training. This 158-credit degree program, offered by the Athletic Training Program (ATP), prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to enter the field as a certified athletic trainer (ATC)®.

One of only a few such programs offered in the United States, the ATP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and provides entry-level students with learning experiences in the classroom setting, that are supplemented by a broad array of professional field experiences.

The comprehensive curriculum is divided into two phases: a two-year, Pre-Professional Phase and a three-year, Professional Phase. Students entering without a bachelor’s or an associate’s degree are required to complete the full five years of study. Those holding a previous degree are required to complete three years of study, providing there are adequate liberal arts and sciences for the bachelor’s degree awarded in the program. The expanded, three-year, Professional Phase offers students the chance to take more advanced courses, the advantage of increased time to interact and train with mentors, and the opportunity to integrate a variety of clinical experiences. At the end of the Professional Phase, students will receive a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree and will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination for Certified Athletic Trainers to earn the ATC® credential.

Hallmarks of the ATP include field-based learning experiences with opportunities for students to work side-by-side with highly experienced certified athletic trainers; state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that allow students to gain significant experience in all areas of clinical practice; individualized instruction provided by advanced teaching fellows; and a mentorship program that promotes further sharing of knowledge and experience.

BOC Pass Rates

  2013-2014 2014-2015  2015-2016
3 Yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 7 5  13 25
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 5  12 24
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 4 4  12 20
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 57% 80%  100% 83%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 6 3  12 23
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 86% 100%  100% 96%

CONTACT

School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean
Ph.D., FASAHP

718-780-6578
Barry.Eckert@liu.edu