Athletic Training | Mount St. Joseph University
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Mount St. Joseph University provides a quality entry-level athletic training education.

The Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting undergraduate students to this program. Students interested in the career potential and program outcomes listed here, should apply to the Health and Wellness program.


The mission of the Department of Athletic Training is to provide high quality professional education that incorporates a focus on prevention, a liberal arts foundation, care for whole person, commitment to social justice, and collaboration with community partners and other healthcare providers to improve the quality of life in our community.

The department offers the Master of Athletic Training degree, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree,  the Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness, and a minor in Exercise Science and Fitness. The department also offers elective physical activity classes recognizing the impact that exercise and lifelong fitness will have on each student’s academic success, overall health, and well-being.

Bachelor of Science degree in  Athletic Training:

The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is to educate compassionate and culturally competent athletic trainers dedicated to providing best-practice, patient-centered care that optimizes health, wellness, and human performance.

Mount St. Joseph University athletic training program graduates will be expert healthcare providers clinicians committed to  life-long learning and service and compassionate professionals that advocate on behalf  of their patient’s and the community’s well-being.

Our program incorporates research and technologies with an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.

ATs provide medical services and an unparalleled continuum of care to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports. Traditionally, ATs are thought to work in professional sports, colleges and high schools, but as the profession grows, so have the practice settings, including the performing arts, military, ambulatory physician offices, industrial (manufacturing settings), public safety (police and fire fighters), hospitals, rehabilitation centers and more.

Career Potential:

Athletic Trainers are the most qualified professional to provide daily care for student athletes; they are also the most capable person to organize and direct an athletic health care system for a secondary school. ATs commonly work with patients with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other health conditions to safely improve their health and fitness. They specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury, which reduces rehabilitative and other health care costs.

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014-2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As awareness grows about the risks of sports-related injuries at a young age and the benefits of physical activity throughout the lifespan, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the athletic training program learn to:

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals when providing patient care and advancing knowledge of the AT profession.
  • Apply contemporary principles of prevention, health promotion, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention to address patient and community needs.
  • Utilize critical judgment, problem solving, clinical reasoning, and evidence in the delivery of patient/client care and enhancement of patient/client health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate the legal, ethical, and culturally competent behaviors of an athletic trainer while working in a collaborative healthcare team.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Over 95 percent of program graduates have been admitted to graduate school or employed full-time in health care settings.
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, mental health counseling and osteopathic medicine.
  • Our three year aggregate first time Board of Certification (BOC) pass rate is 87 percent with an overall pass rate of 92 percent.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training fuses a comprehensive blend of academic coursework, hands-on clinical education and professional development opportunities through partnerships with various allied health care professionals. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and earn the Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) credential.

View the Board of Certification pass rate results.

Undergraduate students interested in preparing for a career in healthcare at the graduate level are encouraged to contact the Health Professions Advising Committee or contact them by email at hpac@msj.edu.

Health Professions Advising

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent athletic training program news and events; visit the department of athletic training page. 

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