Athletic trainers are health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and management of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program and pass a national exam administered by the Board of Certification. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic exercise, modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.
Certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.
WHY ATHLETIC TRAINING?
- New position growth is expected to increase by 19% nationally and 24% in Pennsylvania by 2022
- As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase
- A variety of work environment options...educational services, ambulatory healthcare services, hospitals, fitness and recreational sports centers, and spectator sports
WHY OUR PROGRAM?
- Interdisciplinary faculty that include a pharmacist, physical therapist, and exercise physiologists
- Curricular design includes two semesters of cadaver dissection and musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment as well as courses in pharmacology and exercise prescription and nutrition
- Experienced athletic training faculty who are committed to athletic training education and student learning.
- Clinical experiences that culminate into a final semester internship that aligns with the student’s career and professional goals
M.S. ATHLETIC TRAINING
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
Exercise Science/M.S. Athletic Training 3+2 Track
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
B.S. Athletic Training (no longer admitting students)
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.
Application Process and Deadlines
- Create an account in ATCAS and follow the directions to complete the application. All of your supporting materials are submitted through ATCAS.
- Submit an official transcript for all university coursework to ATCAS.
Transcripts should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471
To complete the application process, students must submit:
- Official college transcript(s) (must have a 3.0 or higher GPA)
- Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a certified athletic trainer)
- Statement of Professional Goals (750 words or less)
- GRE scores- (50th percentile recommended for admission)
- Applicants should use the university / program code of 1978 so that GRE scores are automatically reported to the program.
- CPR/Professional Rescuer for the healthcare provider
- Documentation of 75 observation hours in athletic training
Enrollment in the MS-AT program is limited. Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of admission requirements, including prerequisite coursework; academic ability; evidence of potential for future practice as an athletic trainer; evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, letters of recommendation; and interview performance.
Exceptions to the admission requirements, including prerequisite course requirements,
will be made on an individual basis.
Technical standards for completion of the MS-AT program can be found here.
- Two semesters of anatomy and physiology with labs
- One course in general psychology
- One course in physiology of exercise
- One course in biomechanics or kinesiology
- One course in nutrition
- One introductory health course
- 12 credits of laboratory science, including:
- at least one course in biology
- at least one course in chemistry or physics
- 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.