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We also offer a Master of Education or Master of Science in athletic training.




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Through our highly competitive athletic training major, you’ll gain the knowledge to become an evidence-based practicing clinician who understands the scientific process of discovery, critical thinking, and analysis. 

With three full years of hands-on learning opportunities, our clinical education curriculum is designed to first introduce you to skills during highly structured lab settings, where you are able to learn and practice on classmates under the close supervision of the instructor. You’ll then have the opportunity to develop your skills with actual patients. 

And, you’ll learn it all in the classroom and through our athletic training facility, which will introduce you to the same types of tools and equipment you’ll be using throughout your career.

Degree Change in Athletic Training:  The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that students may continue to enroll in Bachelor’s degree athletic training programs through fall 2022. Thereafter, schools offering degrees in athletic training can do so only at the graduate level. 

Consistent with the CAATE® standards, Springfield College will continue to offer students the opportunity to apply to the athletic training degree at the undergraduate level through fall of 2019. Students seeking to enroll in our athletic training program for the fall of 2019 should apply to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training major, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2023.   This cohort of graduates earning a BS-AT degree from Springfield College will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification examination in athletic training.

Springfield College will begin to offer a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2020.  Students who plan to enroll after fall 2019 have two exciting new options:

  1. An accelerated 3 + 2 degree program in athletic training beginning fall 2020.  Students enrolled in this program will earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in five years.  Admission requirements for this accelerated degree program are:
  • GPA: 3.0/4.0
  • SAT: 1150 or higher OR ACT score of 25 or higher
  • Strong college preparatory science and mathematics coursework
  • AP credits are strongly recommended
  • Letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to your potential for success as a health care provider.
  • Documented job shadowing hours with a health care professional specializing in sports medicine/rehabilitation (minimum 20).
  • Must satisfy other general Springfield College admissions requirements
  • Matriculation Standards
    • Students must maintain 3.0 Cumulative GPA, complete all core coursework with a B- or better, and meet academic and professional standards for matriculation into the Master’s degree program.
  1. Students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study from another institution and who have completed the prerequisite coursework and requirements may apply directly into the 2 year Master’s in Athletic Training program beginning summer 2021.

Alternative Options

Students who are interested in a full four-year undergraduate experience at Springfield College can choose to apply to the applied exercise science undergraduate major that will allow them to meet all the prerequisite coursework for the 2-year Master's of athletic training program.  Following the earning of a Bachelor’s degree and attainment of satisfactory grades in all the prerequisite courses, students are eligible to apply directly to the 2-year Master’s degree in athletic training program.

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In April 2017, the Springfield College athletic training program earned 10-year continuing accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE describes accreditation as a "major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution and/or program provides a quality education." Granting of accreditation status occurs through a rigorous review process to examine the quality the athletic training program.

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The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 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