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Bachelor of Science Athletic Training

The CAATE accredited athletic training education program prepares the student for the Athletic Training Board of Certification examination.


Bachelor of Science Athletic Training

The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that the entry-level Athletic Training (AT) degree be changed from a bachelors to a masters level by 2022. Based on this change in degree requirement, the current Bachelor of Sciences (BS) in Athletic Training Program at Salem State University will be phased out after the enrollment of the fall 2017 freshmen pre-professional athletic training class. The fall 2017 freshmen class was the last class eligible to apply to the professional phase during the fall 2018 semester. Eligibility for the last cohort is contingent on completing required prerequisite course work (Admission and Retention Policy) and submitting required application materials prior to November 1, 2018. The last BS in Athletic Training cohort will graduate in 2021. All degree requirements for the BS in Athletic Training must be met by May 2021.

Salem State University aspires to implement a Professional Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The curriculum has been developed and approved by Salem State University and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Pending all accreditation approvals, Salem State University plans to accept the first Professional MSAT cohort for fall 2021. Interested students should contact the Athletic Training Program Assistant, Kevin J. Silva, MS, AT.

In order for Salem State University to begin the Professional MSAT Program there are several immediate steps that need to be completed. The next steps include completing the CAATE substantive degree change procedures to transition the accreditation to the master’s level. The Athletic Training Program plans to complete its reaccreditation comprehensive review during the 2019-2020, to prepare for reaccreditation site visit during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Undergraduate students interested in preparing for admission to a CAATE accredited MSAT can study Exercise Science: Pre-rehabilitation Sciences within the sport and movement science department beginning fall 2018.

About the BS in Athletic Training Program:

The CAATE accredited Athletic Training Program prepares the student for the Athletic Training Board of Certification examination. The sequencing of athletic training courses will take three and one-half years to complete and should be started as a second-semester freshman, with Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (AT101), First Responder Training (SMS 175), and Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 200). In addition to required courses as indicated in this course sequence, this program requires the completion of 850 hours of on-site clinical experiences.

This program has limited enrollment and specific requirements for admission and retention. Please see our Admission and Retention Policy for details. NOTE: A felony conviction could affect eligibility to sit for the BOC examination and make an applicant ineligible for a license from the Mass. Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals

Additional requirements: Athletic training students must be prepared to provide their own transportation to clinical settings. In addition, students will be required to purchase professional liability insurance (approximate cost $22), 2-3 Athletic Training Program Polos ($20-25/each), and a name tag ($9.00). Students are responsible for annual renewal costs associated with continuous Emergency Cardiac Care certification throughout the professional phase of the program. Students must obtain a TB test, hepatitis B immunization and physical exam.

For complete details concerning curriculum policies and requirements, see the Athletic Training Handbook available in the SMS department.

Commission on Accreditation Athletic Training Accredited Program Seal

The Salem State University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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Salem State University
Athletic Training Program
2014-2015  2015-2016 2016-2017  Total 3-year aggregate  Overall Pass Rate
Number Graduated 7 6 3 16    
Number took exam 7 6 3 16    
Number passed first time 7 6 2 15 94%  
Number passed any attempt 7 6 2 15   94%
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