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BS in Athletic Training

Our BS in athletic training program prepares students with the knowledge and psychomotor skills necessary to practice as athletic trainers certified by the Board of Certification. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. We have been an accredited educational program since 2003.

The curriculum emphasizes the practical clinical experience coupled with specific professional course work. Recognizing the importance of excellence in teaching and instruction, the faculty, in its commitment to the combination of diverse clinical and intellectual experiences, collaborates in educating students. Graduates are prepared to enter the profession of athletic training and assume a leadership role.

The athletic training program offers a highly personalized learning environment featuring small classes and ready access to faculty, reflecting the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, as well as support for scholarship and professional development. The faculty share a service orientation toward the students and their needs.

The program also strives to prepare graduates who manifest critical and creative thinking, effective communication skills, informed value judgments, and who possess an educational foundation for continued growth and development in a changing world of diverse cultures and people.

Technical Standards for Admission

The athletic training program is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

The technical standards set forth by the athletic training program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students 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 (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]).

All students admitted to the program must meet the established abilities and expectations. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted or may be dismissed from the program.

Candidates for selection to the program will be required to verify they understand and meet the technical standards or that they believe that, with certain reasonable accommodations, the technical standards can be met. Verification of understanding includes the student reading, signing and returning a copy of the Technical Standards agreement to the ATSM program director prior to arrival on campus in the fall semester.

A listing of the technical standards and an agreement form for the athletic training program at Quinnipiac University can be found here. If the student fails to complete the agreement form prior to the first day of classes the student will still be admitted to the University but may be required to reapply for the athletic training/sports medicine program.

Curriculum + Requirements

Admission to the Program
Candidates applying for admission to the athletic training program from high school are required to have not less than three years of high school college preparatory mathematics, one year of biology, one year of chemistry and one year of physics. In addition, the scores of the SAT or the ACT are an important consideration. Related health care experience is highly desirable. Prospective candidates also must satisfy general Quinnipiac University admission requirements.

All applications must include three letters of reference, and a personal interview may be required with representatives of the admissions office to discuss program requirements and the applicant’s professional interests and commitments. Applications are accepted for admission to the fall semester only.

Admission to Quinnipiac University does not guarantee admission to the program, unless officially accepted into the program.

Students enrolled in the program’s pre-professional component (semester 1–3) must achieve a B- or better in AT 114, AT 115, AT 116, AT 214, AT 216 and AT 250 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 upon completion of all additional preprofessional requirements including all program science and math requirements to qualify for admission into the professional component of the program. (D and F grades in the required science and math courses are unacceptable.) All AT courses must be taken and completed at Quinnipiac University.

Professional component students (semesters 4–8) must earn at least a B- in all professional component courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0 each semester during the professional component. Students who fail to maintain these grade requirements are subject to dismissal from the program.

Pre-professional Component
Examination and an evaluation of high school units presented determine initial placement in the English and mathematics courses. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275. It is strongly suggested that biology and athletic training courses are completed in the appropriate semesters as indicated.

The following courses must be completed with a C- or better and a minimum GPA of 2.67. Where applicable, they may be used to satisfy University Curriculum requirements. Progression to the professional component occurs inthe fourth semester or second year, spring semester.

  • BIO 101-102 General Biology I & II -- 8 credits
  • BIO 211-212 Anatomy & Physiology I & II -- 8 credits
  • CHE 101-102 Fund. of General, Organic & Biological Chemistry I & II --8 credits
  • MA 275 Biostatistics -- 3 credits

The following courses must be completed with a minimum of a B- at Quinnipiac and prior to entry into the professional component of the athletic training program. All AT courses must be taken at Quinnipiac.

  • AT 114 Introduction to Athletic Training/Sports Medicine -- 2 credits
  • AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology -- 3 credits
  • AT 116 Introduction to Fitness and Conditioning -- 2 credits
  • AT 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Training -- 3 credits
  • AT 216 Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma -- 3 credits
  • AT 250 Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries -- 4 credits

Professional Component
The Admissions Progression and Retention Committee for the program in athletic training is responsible for evaluating and screening candidates for the professional component of the program.

Program requirements are established in conjunction with the guidelines established by the Educational Council of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and are acceptable to the school and university administration. While a good deal of the athletic training students’ clinical assignments (clinical practicum I-V) occur at Quinnipiac, off-campus assignments also are required. Students are responsible for transportation to and from all off-campus sites and should plan to have a vehicle by the fourth semester.

Most off-campus sites are within 15 miles from the main campus. Moreover, students involved in varsity athletics may require additional semester(s) to complete the program.

BS in Athletic Training Curriculum
Fall Semester, First Year
BIO 101 Science (UC) -- 4 credits
CHE 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I -- 4 credits
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) -- 3 credits
UC Fine Arts -- 3 credits
FYS 101 First-year Seminar -- 3 credits
Total 17

Spring Semester, First Year
AT 114 Introduction to AT/SM -- 2 credits
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology -- 3 credits
AT 116 Introduction to Fitness and Conditioning* -- 2 credits
BIO 102 Science (UC) -- 4 credits
CHE 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II -- 4 credits
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) -- 3 credits
Total 18

Students interested in certain graduate programs or enrolled in the AT/DPT dual major should substitute CHE 110/111 for CHE 101/102.

Fall Semester, Second Year
AT 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries* -- 3 credits
AT 216 Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma* -- 3 credits
AT 250 Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injury* -- 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4 credits
MA 275 Quantitative Literacy (UC) -- 3 credits
Total 17

Spring Semester, Second Year
AT 215 Therapeutic Modalities* -- 4 credits
AT 210 Evidence-Based Practice -- 2 credits
AT 251 Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries* -- 4 credits
AT 290 Clinical Practicum I* -- 3 credits
BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II -- 4 credits
Total 17

Fall Semester, Third Year
AT 330 Nutrition for Sports and Fitness -- 3 credits
AT 350 Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries* -- 4 credits
AT 390 Clinical Practicum II* -- 3 credits
BMS 300 Physiology of Human Performance I -- 4 credits
PSY 101 UC social science -- 3 credits
Total 17

Spring Semester, Third Year
AT 351 General Medical Assessment and Treatment* -- 4 credits
AT 352 Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Injuries* -- 4 credits
AT 391 Clinical Practicum III* -- 1 credit
BMS 301 Physiology of Human Performance II -- 4 credits
PSY 272 (UC) social science -- 3 credits
Total 16

Fall Semester, Fourth Year
AT 450 Administration and Management -- 3 credits
AT 490 Clinical Practicum IV* -- 1 credit
UC         UC Capstone -- 3 credits
UC         UC electives -- 6 credits
Total 13

Spring Semester, Fourth Year
AT 491 Clinical Practicum V* -- 3 credits
UC elective -- 3 credits
UC Humanities -- 3 credits
UC Humanities -- 3 credits
Total 12

Total Credits 127

Students admitted to the AT/DPT dual major need to take PHY 110, PHY 111 and MA 141 (Total credits 132).

*These AT courses have a laboratory and/or clinical component

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program is subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession. 

A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained each semester during the professional component; C, D and F grades are unacceptable in the professional component of the program.

Certification Examination Results

In order to become a BOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), students must pass an exam consisting of 175 questions that represent a variety of item types, including multiple-choice, multi-select, drop-and-drag, and focused testlets presented in one part. Candidates had a total of four hours to complete the exam, and candidates had the ability to move forward or backward throughout the entire exam prior to submitting the exam for scoring. For more information on the BOC certification exam, please review the BOC website:

A test year runs from April to February.


  2015-2016 2014- 2013- 3-year aggregate
Number of students who took the exam 14 19 16 20
Number of students who pass the exam on the first attempt 14 19 16 20
% of students who passed exam on the first attempt 100 100 100 100
Number of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts 14  19 16 20
% of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100 100 100 100





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