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We also offer a Master of Science in athletic training.



Jessica Barrett, PhD, LAT, ATC
Director of Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
(413) 748-4763


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Springfield College offers an accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree program. This program is designed for persons who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to provide quality health care to those engaged in physically active lifestyles. Emphasis is placed on minimizing risk of injury/re-injury and illness, improving functional outcomes and enhancing/supporting safe participation and return to activity, sport and work. Upon successful completion of this accelerated five year program, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program is divided into two phases: a pre-professional phase in which students complete the new core curriculum, core Exercise Science coursework and related requirements, and the professional phase, which includes four semesters and two summers of graduate-level professional athletic training education and clinical experience. 

For the first three years of the program, students engage in courses required to complete their undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and pre-professional athletic training coursework. Beginning in the summer term of the fourth year, students engage in graduate level coursework. By the end of the fourth year, students graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science already having completed year one of the of their required professional level athletic training coursework. They continue in graduate athletic training courses in the summer term and will have completed the program in May of their fifth year.  Students are advised by an athletic training faculty member from the beginning of their Springfield College experience. 

Throughout this challenging five year accelerated program, students are engaged in a mix of classroom, laboratory, online/hybrid, group project, and clinically based educational experiences. Students become practiced in athletic training theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, patient care, communication, administration and teamwork. Fully encompassing the College’s Humanics philosophy, the five year accelerated athletic training program emphasizes that health and learning are best gained through an approach that unifies spirit, mind, and body. The typical Springfield College-educated athletic trainer is prepared to utilize a holistic approach in providing healthcare, leadership and service within the community. 

Learn about athletic training at Springfield College. 

Athletic Training at Springfield College

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to be in an athletic training program like this."

Hear from students in our athletic training program and learn about options for pursuing your own degree at Springfield College. 

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

The Professional Athletic Training Degree program at Springfield College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and meets the 2020 Curricular Content Standards. Upon graduation from this 5-year accelerated program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and pursue a career as an Athletic Trainer (ATC).  Springfield College has accepted its final cohort (fall 2019) for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. We are no longer accepting students into the BS in Athletic Training program. 

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The School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.

An advocate for kinesiology at the national and international levels, the American Kinesiology Association supports educational opportunities in the fields of exercise science and sport studies, health education and physical education, and sport management and recreation management.

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Five Great Reasons to Study Athletic Training

Why should you study athletic training at Springfield College? We're happy to share.

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Classroom to Practice

At Springfield College, it's our goal to get you experience on your resume before graduation. Our Athletic Training Facility allows for you to do just that.

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Alumni in the Field

Our alumni do some pretty impressive things, like Ryan DiPanfilo '06 who is the athletic trainer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Interested in learning how Ryan got his start?

Studying Athletic Training At Springfield College