B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training
The Division of Sports Sciences offers a dual B.S./M.S. degree in Athletic Training. This 158-credit degree program, offered by the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), 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 ATEP 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 Trainer to earn the ATC ® credential.
Hallmarks of the ATEP 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.
- To prepare student to pass the BOC examination for athletic trainers through required G.P.A. and competency/proficiency evaluation minimum
- To offer field/clinical experiences in appropriate settings that provide adequate exposure to required clinical education experiences
- To provide network opportunities for possible future employment