What You'll Study
LHU is transitioning its athletic training program from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree. The LHU Class of 2019 will be the last cohort to graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree. The suggested route to admission to the athletic training master’s degree program is through the Health Science / Exercise Science program. An accelerated 3+2 program is also available.
Admission to the accelerated "3+2" program is by invitation only. To be considered you must submit an LHU application designating the major Health Science/Exercise Science track and be accepted by November 1st.
Applicants are carefully screened to ensure they have the track record (e.g. high class rank and SAT scores) to succeed in this very concentrated, rigorous and demanding academic and professional program.
If accepted, a compressed schedule of undergraduate classes will enable you to transition into the graduate program at the end of your third year.
Once accepted into the "3+2" program, you must maintain/complete the following criteria in order to ensure a guaranteed seat into the graduate program:
- Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.0 or above
- 75 hours of Athletic Training observation
- CPR/Professional Rescuer for the Healthcare Provider
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Successful interview
LHU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program will prepare you for an athletic training career in various employment settings. The program is designed to develop both your academic and clinical reasoning skills through classroom and clinical experiences. After graduating from the program you will be eligible for athletic training certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) and subsequent appropriate state credentialing.
Topics covered include:
- Functional Anatomy with cadaver dissection
- Evaluation Techniques
- Current Issues in Athletic Training
- Accreditation: Lock Haven University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the (2022-2023) academic year.
- Field/Clinical Experiences: Students enrolled in the athletic training program will participate in four clinical rotations. The first two clinical rotations occur in traditional collegiate or high school/middle school settings. Students rotate through a variety of rehabilitation facilities and medical centers during the third clinical rotation. The final clinical rotation is a full-time semester-long off-campus internship. The internship site is aligned with the student’s professional and career goals. Recent internship sites include:
- University of Miami (FL)
- Bucknell University (PA)
- Rutgers University (NJ)
- Newtown High School (GA)
- University Orthopedics (PA)
- Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey (PA)
- Facilities: Lock Haven University provides exceptional, state-of-the-art facilities for the athletic training program. There is a dedicated athletic training classroom, an exercise physiology lab, and gross human anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab.
- Careers: Due to a concentration on cost containment, healthcare professions are expected to grow through 2020. LHU’s programs will ready you to enter this expanding profession through a variety of career options. Our recent graduates have accepted positions in various high schools, physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, colleges, and industrial settings across the US.