ATHLETIC TRAINING
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Multi-skilled healthcare professionals.

Anchored in the Mercyhurst tradition of excellence, the Athletic Training Department is always looking for ways to refine their craft so students receive the best and most cutting-edge experience. Athletic Training combines science-based knowledge with contemporary evidence-based practices to train majors to treat a variety of populations. From athletes to military personnel to the weekend warrior, athletic trainers learn how to help the physically active get back on their feet following an illness, injury or surgery. Through our decades of educating aspiring future professionals, we have come to understand that it is not the initials after a name that define the work, but rather the impact a person will make. Between hours of hands-on clinical experiences, classroom learning with state-of-the-art equipment, and faculty dedicated to whole-person discovery and development, our graduates leave with the most fulfilling education experience and the skills to lead a successful professional life.

Fast Facts

  • An in-demand field, the athletic training profession is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • An AT major is flexible, offering opportunities for students to double major or minor in a wide array of fields like Public Health, Exercise Science or Psychology to increase their professional development

  • The senior capstone experience allows students to focus their field of study through internships with local minor league sports teams, major sports affiliates, ESPN and other professional settings

  • Our graduates lead successful careers as professors, orthopedic surgeons, program managers for sports medicine companies, and clinical athletic trainers

Learning Outcomes

Program Goal 1: Clinical Knowledge

ATS will be able to demonstrate advancing clinical proficiency emphasizing sound principles of clinical research and critical thinking skills culminating into a system of quality patient care.

Program Goal 2: Academic Knowledge

Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and critically analyze their knowledge in the classroom that ultimately is representative of a qualified professional in the field.

Program Goal 3: Professional Responsibility

ATS will be prepared to make a difference in the world by demonstrating the common values and behaviors of the AT profession while employing professional excellence and ethical leadership.

Program Goal 4: Socially Merciful

Students will embody the mercy mission and demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming role models for the athletic training profession.

Program Overview

In April of 2010 the athletic training major received re-accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CaATe) through 2019/2020. With this accreditation firmly in place the program will prepare you for a variety of entry-level positions in athletic training or to seek advanced degrees in the allied health sciences. In addition to academic course work and vast clinical experiences it will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and become a complete well rounded clinician and contributing member of society. After completing this program, you’ll be eligible to take the Board of Certification examination to become a certified athletic trainer.

Credit Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of 131 credits. Each course in the specified curriculum (or transfer equivalent) must be included in this total.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
A GPA of 2.75 must be attained by the end of your freshman year and maintained for graduation. A thorough review board process will be conducted at the end of the freshman year to gain acceptance into the program.

Coursework

The curriculum includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences plus applied scientific knowledge in health care and athletic training. It also includes coursework that will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.

Clinical Experience

The clinical education sequence begins first term freshman year with the pre-clinical experience. During the freshman year students accumulate 100 hours of direct observation of affiliated athletic trainers. Starting first term sophomore year, student engage in six hands-on clinical experiences and one senior capstone experience involving patients of both genders across 15 diverse clinical settings including high schools, clinics, colleges & universities, professional athletic teams and hospitals. Clinical experiences are progressive in nature and correspond with the curriculum.

Technical Guidelines

Because athletic training is a physically, intellectually and psychologically demanding profession, degree candidates must meet minimum standards in certain skills and abilities. The athletic training education program at Mercyhurst university is a rigorous program that places specific requirements and demands on its students. The program has established technical standards to ensure that students have the essential qualities considered necessary for them to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency. Students must sign the technical standards waiver, and meet these standards in order to be admitted to the program.

Transition to MSAT

The Mercyhurst University Athletic Training Program has earned a strong reputation of providing a robust, thorough, and authentic education. Mercyhurst places an emphasis on preparing students for the progression of the profession through strong clinical skill and professional engagement. Athletic Training Education is continuing to evolve and advance: Per the National Athletic Training Strategic Alliance and updated Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Standards, the former undergraduate (“Bachelor of Science”) degree in athletic training requires transition to a graduate-level degree in Athletic Training by Fall 2022.

Any student interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer will need to obtain a graduate-level degree in athletic training. Mercyhurst University will be making this transition. We will be admitting our final undergraduate cohort (BSAT) in the Fall of 2019.

As we strive to continue the trend of educating highly-qualified athletic trainers, we will be offering a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT), scheduled to begin in Fall 2021 (pending transitional approval from CAATE).

Read the full transition statement here.

Mission and Vision

Mission

The mission of the professional athletic training program at Mercyhurst University is to provide the student with the necessary didactic, theoretical, and clinical skills and experiences required to qualify for the BOC examination. In the spirit of the core values of Mercyhurst University, athletic training students shall achieve this by becoming self-aware, culturally competent, and ethical healthcare professionals prepared to enter the allied health field.

Vision

The Mercyhurst University professional athletic training program aspires to offer an extensive academic and clinical experience with devoted faculty to ensure the professional and personal growth of each student pursuing BOC certification.

ANNUAL EXPERIENCES

Students can participate in a yearly medical mission trip to Valladolid, Mexico to observe and work with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists in a culturally immersive setting.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

Our students receive placement in a variety of settings for a robust patient population experience, including high schools, D1 men's and women's hockey, D2 intercollegiate athletics, PT/OT clinics, VA hospitals, ambulance ride-alongs and pediatrics.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Our graduates have found rewarding careers within the AT profession and beyond. AT alumni include a professor/researcher on pediatric concussions and orthopedic injuries, an orthopedic surgeon, a clinical athletic trainer, and the Duke University assistant director of athletic rehabilitation.


Contact Us

Joshua Long, M.S., ATC, CSCS, CES
Program Director, Athletic Training
Office: Mercyhurst Athletic Center 203
Phone: 814-824-2403
Email: jlong2@mercyhurst.edu