Pre-Athletic Training

3+2 BS to MS Athletic Training Program

DescriptionProgram RequirementsRequired Courses

Plymouth State University offers a 3+2 program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Athletic Training. Students interested in pursuing this program should apply for admission to the BS in Allied Health Sciences program.

The 3+2 program will provide qualified students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful healthcare provider as a Certified Athletic Trainer. We offer two pathways to earn the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training.  Students may apply to the 3+2 program which will allow qualified students to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences and if they meet requirements, enter into the MS degree Professional Program in Athletic Training after their third year as an undergraduate student. This allows students to complete both the  Bachelor’s and Master’s in 5 years.

The second pathway is for those who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree and wish to complete a two-year Master’s degree. Students who already possess a Bachelor’s degree click here.

The Professional Program in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam.

PSU has a long history of educating Athletic Trainers for successful careers in the field.  Graduates of the program have gone on to work as Certified Athletic Trainers at Colleges and Universities, High Schools, clinics, hospitals and in major league baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), US Olympic teams, and within Japanese professional baseball and soccer leagues.  Additionally, many PSU Athletic Training alumni continue their education earning the PhD, Physician Assistant, or Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees.

Nicole Titmas (’06G) formerly with US Women’s Rugby, now at the US Olympic Training Center, San Diego, CA
Andrea Calore (’03G) “White Coat” Ceremony, Physician’s Asst. program

Requirements for early admission to the MS degree

The following requirements must be met in order to be granted early entry into the MS program:

  • Must complete all required courses of the BS in Allied Health Sciences (through the 3rd year)
  • Must earn an overall 3.2 GPA
  • Complete prerequisites in:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Nutrition, Exercise Prescription and Testing
  • Must earn a minimum grade of B in the following courses:
    • Kinesiology
    • Exercise Physiology
  • In order to be granted admission to the Professional Program in Athletic Training (MS), students must be able to meet the Technical Standards. For information on our Technical Standards for Admission click here.
PSU students and staff volunteer at the Boston Marathon

Clinical Education Experiences:

Once a student has entered the MS degree in their 4th year, an intensive four-semester clinical education experience is the backbone of the program, allowing students to apply their knowledge and gain practical experience.  All Plymouth State University students in the Professional Program in Athletic Training are required to complete a minimum of 800 and a maximum of 1200 supervised and approved clinical hours.

Additional program expenses:

  • Purchase of appropriate athletic training clinical attire (practice/game shirts, khaki pants/shorts, closed-toe shoes)
  • Clinical Proficiency Documentation Journals
  • Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is required
  • Required immunizations necessary to complete clinical assignments
  • Background checks as necessary for clinical placements
  • Travel to clinical sites
  • Board of Certification exam expenses
Erwin Valencia (’02G) and Ichiro Kitano (’03G) previously of the Pittsburg Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies respectively. Valencia, now with the NY Knicks and Kitano with Chunichi Dragons, Japanese professional baseball.
Kitano, with Hitoshi Otomo (02G) who is with Sagan Tosu professional soccer, Japan


Bachelor of Science in  Allied Health Sciences
(Years 1, 2, and 3)

BI 2110 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BI 2130 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BI 2120 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BI 2140 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
HE 2310 Introduction to Allied Health Sciences 3
HE 2550 First Aid & CPR/AED 1.5
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition 3
HE 3310 Epidemiology & Evidenced Based Medicine 3
MA 2300 Statistics (Math Foundations) 3
EX 2750 Functional Anatomy 3
PE 3570 Kinesiology 3
EX 3580 Physiology of Exercise 3
EX 4780 Exercise Prescription 3
PS 2010 General Psychology 3
   General Education Total 33

Master of Science ~Professional Program in Athletic Training 

(Years 4 and 5*)

AT 5400 Preventative Theories and Psychomotor Skills 4
AT 5410 Lower Extremity Assessment 4
AT 5420 Upper Extremity Assessment 4
AT 5430 Spine, Posture and Function 4
AT 5440 Athletic Training Administration 4
AT 5450 Pathology and Pharmacology in Sports Medicine 4
AT 5460 Evidence Based Research in A.T. 4
AT 5470 Therapeutic Intervention I 4
AT 5480 Therapeutic Intervention II 4
AT 5490 Capstone 4
AT 5810 Clinical Athletic Training I 4
AT 5820 Clinical Athletic Training II 4
AT 5830 Clinical Athletic Training III 4
AT 5840 Clinical Athletic Training IV 8
The PSU Athletic Training Club at Halloween
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