Master of Science in Athletic Training (3+2 program)
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. Click here to see how our program outcomes line up with the demands of the profession.
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.
School of Health Sciences
The Masters of Science in Athletic Training is part of Chatham's prestigious School of Health Sciences (SHS). The SHS is well-known for an emphasis on engaged student learning, fostering opportunities for interprofessional training, ethical and culturally competent practice, and encouraging student-led initiatives.
Chatham is pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and once this is achieved, graduates will be eligible for national certification by successfully completing the National Athletic Trainers' Association examination.
Chatham offers 16 NCAA Division III sports, with most teams participating in the President's Athletic Conference (PAC):
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field
Plus, there's no doubt about it–Pittsburgh is a sports town.
"Chatham's Athletic Training Program is an integrated mix of didactic, hands on lab and simulation experiences and clinical education. Like all of our School of Health Sciences' programs, Athletic Training emphasizes excellence in both clinical skills and professionalism."
Pat Downey, PT, PhD, DPT, professor and dean for the School of Health Sciences