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Combined B.S. Health Science/ M.S. Athletic Training Program

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The athletic training program is constructed to prepare highly motivated students with an interest in the medical field.  Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) work with physically active individuals to help prevent injuries, offer advice about appropriate equipment, recognize and evaluate injuries, administer emergency treatment, and determine need for specialized medical care. ATCs are an integral part of the healthcare team and provide health care to individuals in the areas of injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation. The demand for ATC professionals is expected to grow significantly faster than the average occupation over the next 10 years in both traditional athletic settings, like high school, college, University, and professional-level sports; and non-traditional settings, like medical offices, emergency departments, industrial settings, and more.

The Combined B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Athletic Training is designed for students who know early on that they want to become athletic trainers. This accelerated dual degree program allow students to seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both of the degrees separately. Undergraduate courses and extra-curricular experiences provide students with a foundation to develop the knowledge, values and interpersonal skills needed for success as an athletic trainer.

The B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Athletic Training is a cohort program that requires uninterrupted enrollment. Once accepted, students may not accelerate further (i.e. take additional courses during summer semesters to shorten program length) or decelerate (i.e. take a reduced course load in a semester and add another year to undergraduate study). Students who are unable to meet progression criteria within three consecutive years may not continue in the B.S./M.S. program and must change their majors in order to earn the undergraduate degree.

During the first three years of undergraduate coursework, students complete major requirements for the bachelor degree, including Hallmarks Core courses and Athletic Training program prerequisites. Students who meet the graduate Athletic Training program progression criteria can enroll in first-year Athletic Training graduate coursework during Year 4 of undergraduate studies. At the end of the Fall semester of Year 4, students are awarded the bachelor degree in Health Sciences, and are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Upon completion of graduate Athletic Training program requirements in Year 6, the master’s degree in Athletic Training will be awarded. Students receive their graduate degrees in May and can participate in the May commencement ceremony of the next year.

For more information about the M.S. in Athletic Training, refer to the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts Graduate Programs section of the Catalog.

Freshman Admission
Freshmen applicants who demonstrate the following academic profile will be considered for admission to the program (there may be additional requirements such as observation hours and an essay related to knowledge of and motivation to become an athletic trainers; contact the admission’s office for further information):

  • Minimum overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1000 for Critical Reading and Math, or 22 on the ACT
  • Four years of science—strongly encouraged

Transfer Credit for B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training Programs
Students can transfer with less than 16 credits. All of the Athletic Training graduate program’s prerequisite courses must be completed at Philadelphia University, unless special permission has been granted from the program. Students may not transfer any of the program’s prerequisite courses with grades lower than “B-.” Program prerequisite courses include:

  • Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry (3 credits)
  • General Physics (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Internal Transfer Policy
(For undergraduate students interested in transferring into the undergraduate portion of the B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training program)

Students may be eligible to transfer into the accelerated B.S./M.S. Athletic Training program on a case by case basis. Students should submit a letter to the Athletic Training program director as soon as they are interested. The Athletic Training program director will then review the students’ application; this may include a meeting with the student and/or their advisor to explore the students transcript.

Progression Criteria
Students who demonstrate the following profile are guaranteed matriculation into the M.S. in Athletic Training program:

  • Completion of undergraduate major and Hallmarks Core requirements within the first three years of undergraduate study
  • Overall minimum 3.0 GPA for all college coursework (including transfer courses)
    • Students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.0 or above during Years 1, 2, and 3.
    • Students whose semester GPA falls below the required 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.
    • Students are dismissed from the B.S./M.S. program if on academic probation for two consecutive semesters, or any three semesters.
  • Overall minimum 3.0 GPA in Athletic Training program prerequisites (minimum grades of “B-” or better in all Athletic Training program prerequisite courses)
    • All Athletic Training program prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring semester, Year 3.
    • Students may repeat only one program prerequisite course to improve their overall prerequisite GPA, and must earn a minimum B- on the second attempt in order to be removed from probation.
    • Students who earn below a B- in more than one prerequisite course will be dismissed from the BS/MS program.
    • Students may not repeat a course once Year 3 (spring) has been completed.

By October 15 of Year 3 of undergraduate study, students should submit the matriculation documents identified below (available from the Athletic Training Department or on the program’s webpage: http://www.philau.edu/athletictraining/):
Academic Standards Statement

  • Clinical Observation: Documentation of at least 100 hours of clinical observation under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer
  • Program Prerequisite record
  • Career goals statement/ personal essay: 500 words or less - Describe how you became interested in Athletic Training, and the qualities you possess that will enable you to be a successful student in this program, and practitioner in the field.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one academic and one professional.
  • Current resume: Documentation of work and volunteer experiences: highlight achievements, recognitions, accomplishments
  • Current CPR/First aid professional rescuer certification (American Heart Association OR American Red Cross only)

Students who are unable to achieve the standards listed above are not eligible to matriculate into the M.S. in Athletic Training program. They may be able to remain at the university but must change their major to reflect the B.S. in Health Sciences. These students cannot continue in the B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training program.

Students who wish to apply to the Athletic Training graduate program after receiving their bachelor degrees will be considered along with external applicants and must apply through ATCAS (see http://www.philau.edu/athletictraining/) for more information regarding admission in the graduate Athletic Training program).

To see the combined program's graduate phase requirements, curriculum and other details, visit the M.S. in Athletic Training page.