Bachelor of Science - Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science - Athletic Training


The 2015-2016 academic year is the last year students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, if accepted, students will begin the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.This new program will be organized in a 3 + 2 structure. This means that during the student’s first three years here, he/she would be taking the required MU core courses in addition to the those courses that are required to apply to the ATP including: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Personal Health/ Wellness, Medical Terminology, Statistics, First Aid & CPR, and Introduction to Athletic Training. During these first three years, students could also elect to take pre-requisite courses that are needed to apply to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, or Medical School. At the end of this three year period and assuming that all the ATP admission requirements have been met, Athletic Training majors would then apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Once admitted, students will have two additional years to complete all the ATP class and clinical requirements and would graduate with the Master’s degree. So, in a 5-year period, students could finish the ATP with a Master’s degree. Students presently enrolled at Marshall and having completed the ATP application requirements by the spring 2016 semester would apply to this new program at this time and be able to graduate with the Master’s degree in May 2018 assuming that all class and clinical requirements have been appropriately met. If you did not apply to the ATP by the March 3, 2015 deadline, but still would like to be considered for admission to the undergraduate ATP, a final opportunity is being given for you to complete the required application documents and then to submit them to me no later than May 25, 2015. Information on the ATP application process, as well as the documents that need to be completed, can be found by clicking on the Admission Criteria link below.

Given our transition to the Professional Master’s ATP in the summer of 2016 and the subsequent transitioning of the undergraduate ATP, we wanted to make sure that all students declaring Athletic Training as their major, were aware of the changes we are making and were given every opportunity to have your questions answered, and if desired apply to the undergraduate ATP this spring. Otherwise, the first class of students admitted to this new program will be during the spring 2016 semester.

Thank you for your interest in the Athletic Training Program at Marshall University. We look forward to receiving your application to the undergraduate athletic training program by May 25th and answering any questions you may have.


The Marshall University Athletic Training Program (ATP) is under the direction of Dr. Joe Beckett, ATC. The ATP is fully accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education;  It is a rigorous academic program that includes course work in athletic training, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, psychology, and other science related courses.  The multifaceted program blends classroom instruction with clinical rotations where students obtain real life experience working hands-on with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals to provide patient care. The rigorous curriculum prepares students to take the national BOC board exam (Board of Certification Exam;  A degree in Athletic Training and BOC certification offers graduates opportunities to practice in a variety of settings. These settings include, but are not limited to, high school, college, and professional athletics, outpatient clinics, industrial rehabilitation sites, physician practices, the performing arts, safety settings, and higher education. 

Once a student has been admitted to Marshall University and declared athletic training as their major, they must complete specific prerequisite courses to apply for admission into the athletic training program (admission criteria). Acceptance into the ATP is competitive and separate from acceptance to Marshall University.  The Bachelor of Science – Athletic Training degree provides a choice of concentration area when completing the degree.  While all concentrations meet CAATE requirements to become a certified athletic trainer, some also prepare students to enter a variety of graduate and professional programs.  For example, Comprehensive Students take only courses designed to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers (with elective hours open to declare a minor if desired), but Pre Med, Pre Physical Therapy, Pre Chiropractic, Pre Physician’s Assistant, and Occupational Health and Safety Students use the elective hours to complete undergraduate prerequisites to apply to graduate school in their chosen discipline. Lastly, students in the Safety concentration are prepared to work with patients/clients in industrial settings like construction, mining, and assembly line production.

BOC Pass Rate Results

Fields 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 3 YR AGGREGATE
Number of students graduating from program. 8 7 10 17 14 41
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 6 4 4 12 8 24
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 3 2 3 8 5 16
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 50 50 75 66.67 62.50 66.67
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 4 2 4 10 5 19
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 66.67 50 100 83.33 62.50