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One of the Country’s Top Athletic Training Programs

Athletic Training Major

Division of Professional Studies

Quick Facts:

  • 95% of BC’s athletic training students have a first-time pass rate on the national certification exam (since 2010)
  • 82% of athletic training students are placed in a job or graduate school within three months of receiving their degree (since 2008)

Do you see yourself as an athletic trainer (AT)? Get ready for a rigorous, but rewarding, program that will prepare you for the future. BC has one of the top athletic training programs in the country.

In the summer of 2017, BC launched a new Master of Science in Athletic Training. Bridgewater College is no longer admitting students into the bachelor of science in athletic training program. Any student wishing to pursue athletic training at Bridgewater College should consider seeking admissions to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program as an accelerated B.S./M.S. or post-baccalaureate program student.

The Athletic Training Educational Competencies published by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Standards of Accreditation established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) dictate the curriculum requirements. The athletic training program classes are tough, often integrating the sciences with the human body’s functional performance to ensure understanding of function and dysfunction.

The program’s faculty are seasoned veterans in the field of athletic training who have worked with high-level athletes and published in the field of athletic training (including a book adopted across the country by program directors and students to prepare for the Board of Certification [BOC] examination).

The Bridgewater College athletic training program meshes the requirements of a professional program with the strengths of a liberal arts degree. You are not only exposed to varied knowledge-based skills, but also capable of critically thinking through differing circumstances with a holistic and deep assessment of a given situation or concept.

The small classes, usually less than twelve students, and the close, mentoring relationship with the AT faculty and staff provide you with an environment for high achievement

The Bridgewater College athletic training education program has met all of the nationally-recognized Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Education. The last review by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) granted the maximum 10 years of reaffirmation. BC will undergo its next comprehensive evaluation during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Specific requirements for this major can be found in the College Catalog.

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Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours with a minimum of 45 credit hours chosen from junior and senior-level courses.
  • Complete general education requirements for the respective degree.
  • Complete course requirements for the major.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses required for the major.
  • Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with 30 of the last 33 credit hours of academic work in residence at Bridgewater College or at a College-approved study abroad program. In addition, complete at least 9 credit hours of the major at Bridgewater College.
  • Following successful completion of this program, a student will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Additional Requirements for Athletic Training

  • There are additional requirements for program progression and retention identified in the Athletic Training Program Student Manual. Please contact the department of health and human sciences for a copy of this manual.
  • All students admitted to the professional phase of the program are required to attend pre‑season training as early as August 1 each year.
  • Students admitted to the professional phase of the program may be required to complete their clinical affiliations during normal college breaks, e.g. spring break and holidays.
  • Additional fees for the program are announced in the athletic training student handbook and may include things such as the cost for class books, laboratories, clinical affiliations, criminal background check, medical examinations, CPR/AED/First Aid certification and clinical uniforms.

BSAT Student Handbook

Download the BSAT Student Handbook (.pdf)

Bridgewater College is no longer accepting BSAT students. The handbook for 2019-20 has been distributed to current senior students and can only be accessed through MyBC at this time. All others may review the MSAT 2019-20 handbook.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in athletic training?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of Charleston
  • University of Delaware
  • Delta State University
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Southern University
  • James Madison University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Maryland‑Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland‑Eastern Shore
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career as:

  • Adapted Physical Education Supervisor
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of athletic training from the professional organizations listed under Athletic Training on the Career and Professional Resources page.

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