B.S. in Kinesiology/Pre-AT + Master of Athletic Training (3+2)


Athletic Training Program Director Earns Faculty Fellow Distinction

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently named Castleton’s Athletic Training Program Director Reese Boucher as the VSC Faculty Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. The fellowship award recognizes tenured faculty who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in teaching and learning.

Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. (Source: American Kinesiology Association)

The Kinesiology major at Castleton provides science and sports medicine foundational coursework that will prepare students to enter our Master of Athletic Training program. The well-rounded curriculum also provides pre-professional training for graduate programs in other health-related fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medicine.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

(Source: caate.net)

Job Outlook for ATs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, the demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase.

Where do Athletic Trainers work?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professionals and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practices, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness, and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution, and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music

(Source: nata.org)

What are the educational requirements?

To become an athletic trainer one must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The undergraduate Athletic Training degree program at Castleton University is accredited by the CAATE. However, the CAATE recently decreed that in the future the minimum professional degree will be a Master’s degree, and we are currently in the process of transitioning our CAATE accreditation degree status from a bachelor's to a master's degree.

Castleton University 3+2 Program Overview

This 3+2 program allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology / Pre-Athletic Training combined with a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree in five years, and be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) upon program completion. Students in the Kinesiology/Pre-AT program will complete MAT prerequisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anatomy, and Physiology, as well as foundational knowledge in Athletic Training. The fourth and fifth years will be dedicated to the MAT didactic and clinical coursework.

Students who do not enter the MAT program after the three-year mark will have the option to complete an alternate curriculum plan in the fourth year in order to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

An accelerated 3+2 program is not right for everyone. Some students may prefer the pace of a traditional 4-year completion rate for the BS in Kinesiology/Pre-AT program before applying to the MAT program at Castleton.