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.

2018-2019 Athletic Training Handbook

Program Outcomes

Student Graduation and BOC Pass Rates

  2015-2016 2016-2017
3 Yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 14 21  22 57
Student graduation rate 93% 95% 96% 95%
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 14 16  18 50
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 13 10  9 33
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 93% 62%  50% 66%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 13 11  11 38
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 93% 69%  61% 76%

Student Employment Rate

  2015-2016 2016-2017
3 Yr. Aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 9 1 10 20
Student employment rate as AT 82% 33% 100% 83%
Number of students employed as other 1 1 0 2
Student employment rate as other
9% 33% 0% 8%
Number of students not employed 0 1 0 1
Student not employed rate
0% 33% 0% 4%

Mission and Goals

Athletic Training Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Long Island University is to provide the highest quality of educational opportunities, working side by side with highly experienced certified athletic trainers dedicated to education of the LIU athletic training student. The program strives to give each student unique opportunities at various settings within the profession. By enhancing and continually improving the education of athletic training students, we strive to give them the experience and knowledge to handle situations his/her professional life may present.


Athletic Training Candidacy: Internal Candidates

Athletic Training candidates attend the Brooklyn Campus on a part- or full-time basis, completing their courses in the Pre-Professional Phase of the program.  The students then have three years to explore their career choice, complete the required athletic training volunteer experience, demonstrate their academic ability, and complete their prerequisite work.  At the end of their Pre-Professional course of study, students apply for progression into the Professional Phase of the program.  Admission to the Professional Phase is both competitive and selective. A limited number of students will be admitted annually. Enrollment in the Pre-Professional Phase and meeting minimum application does not by itself guarantee entrance into the Professional Phase of the ATP. 

Athletic Training Candidacy: External Candidates

Athletic Training candidates that enter Long Island University for the Professional Phase of the program must meet one of the below criteria:

  1. Student has a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that is accepted by LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
  2. Student successfully applies and is accepted into LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY as a Transfer student.
  3. Student has completed all prerequisite coursework (see below).

Admission to the Professional Phase is both competitive and selective. A limited number of students will be admitted annually. Meeting the above criteria does not by itself guarantee entrance into the Professional Phase of the ATP.

Application to the Professional Phase DUE March 1st Annually

All Pre-Athletic Training candidates, other Long Island University students, and transfer applicants seeking admission to the program’s Professional Phase must present the following:

  1. A cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale;
  2. Satisfactory completion (minimum of C in each class) of all prerequisite work
    1. General Biology (BIO 3, or higher)
    2. General Chemistry (CHM 3x, or higher)
    3. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology w/lab (BIO 131/BIO 132 or BIO 137 & 138)
    4. General Physics (PHY 20, or higher)
    5. Statistics (MTH 100/PSY 150)
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Grades more than ten years old cannot be accepted.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals involved in the field of athletic training.
  5. Submission of completed Long Island University Athletic Training Education Program Application. 
  6. A minimum of 50 hours of volunteer experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer is required.
  7. Successful interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee.
  8. Meet Technical standards of the program (See Program Handbook)

Meeting the above criteria does not by itself guarantee entrance into the Professional Phase of the ATP.

Transfer Student Policy

Students from other colleges and universities who satisfy the athletic training candidacy requirements may apply for admission to the Professional Phase of the BS/MS degree program.  However, the student must first be accepted to Long Island University as an undergraduate transfer by the Admissions application process.  Once Admissions accepts the student, the application to the Professional Phase will then be evaluated.  At this time, students may petition the program for acceptance of the following Professional Phase courses from their previous institution: SPS 143, 151, 152, 189 and/or EXS 508.  No other Professional Phase SPS or EXS courses are eligible for transfer.

Not only will students need to provide proof of grade of C or better in the course, but must demonstrate 85% of competencies and proficiencies (orally and written) designated for the courses.  The competency and proficiency list is available in several division offices and at the student’s request. Students may have to take additional courses to satisfy the 158 credits Long Island University requires for the BS/MS degree.

Background Check and Drug Testing

Many of our clinical/field experience affiliates now require the completion of criminal background checks and/or drug testing for employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the site. Therefore, LIU students who plan to participate in a clinical/field experience may be asked to undergo a criminal background check, and/or a drug screen. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into your chosen field of study.  Students desiring entrance into the School of Health Professions should be aware that our clinical/field affiliates can reject or remove a student from the site if a criminal record is discovered or if a drug test is positive. In the event that a student is rejected from a clinical/field site due to information contained in the criminal background check, or drug screen, you may be unable to complete a required clinical/field experience.  If you are unable to complete program requirements, you may be advised to withdraw from the program.

In addition, students seeking entrance into health and human service professions should be aware that the presence of a criminal record can result in the refusal of licensing/certification/registration agencies to issue the credential needed to practice in that field of study.  Prospective students are urged to contact the pertinent state and/or federal licensing board to inquire whether a criminal record will have an impact on your eligibility to obtain licensure or certification.

Students must complete a fingerprinting/background check prior to placement at the clinical site at their own expense. If a student does not meet the requirement of the clinical site, they will be place at an alternative location. Please see the Clinical Coordinator for information. 

Program Expenses

University tuition and fees may be found on the LIU Enrollment Services website.

Students in the program may incur additional costs outside of the University tuition and fees charged at the beginning of each semester. These costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining CPR and First Aid certification ($100)
  • NATA Membership ($75 annually)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist certification ($500)
  • Background check ($60)
  • BOC preparation workshop ($175)
  • Travel to and from clinical sites (vary by location)
  • Meals, clothing, and other living expenses (vary)

The program makes every effort to minimize associated costs. Clinical placement is made with student transportation and access in mind. Also, students may petition/request the AT Student Club for additional funding and reimbursement.


School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean