By 2022, the athletic training profession will be requiring a Master's degree for entry-level positions. Chatham University's innovative five-year program puts you ahead of the curve by allowing you to earn both your BS in Exercise Science and your MS in Athletic Training at the end of five years of study.
The 3+2 degree offers an accelerated bachelor's degree in exercise science. This program will allow students to complete the requirements for the BS degree while transitioning into the Athletic Training graduate program. After successful completion of the MS program, students will have earned bachelor's and master's degrees in five years.
Athletic trainers (AT) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to optimize the activity and participation of athletes. The profession encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions in athletes.
What you can expect
Chatham's 3+2 Masters of Science in Athletic Training gives you the best of both worlds–a traditional college experience in a green, leafy enclave in the middle of vibrant Pittsburgh, and an accelerated path to an advanced degree and a career as an athletic trainer.
- Year 1: Welcome to Chatham! In the classroom, you'll take general education courses, but there's a lot to take advantage of outside the classroom, too.
- Year 2: You'll begin observational practice with members of Chatham's NCAA Division III sports teams.
- Year 3: You're building up expertise and developing as a professional – the Chatham Plan is how we keep you on track through it all.
- Year 4 and 5: You'll start evaluating and treating athletes under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer, both at Chatham and at external sites.