Kinesiology is an academic discipline that involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.
The Kinesiology major at Castleton provides you with foundational coursework in science and sports that will prepare you 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.
Job Outlook for Athletic Trainers
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21% from through 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
- Professional and Olympic sports
- Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
- Physician practices
- 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
Educational Requirements for Athletic Trainers
Students who wish to pursue a career in athletic training must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The undergraduate Kinesiology degree program at Castleton University is accredited by the CAATE. However, the CAATE recently announced that in the future the minimum professional degree will be a Master’s degree. 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 you 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.
Kinesiology Program Mission Statement and Goals
The mission of the Kinesiology Program is to provide a comprehensive and progressive academic experience that will prepare students for a wide range of career paths related to fitness, wellness, and healthcare.
A Kinesiology degree can open the doorway to many healthcare-related professions.
The Kinesiology/Pre-Athletic Training program prepares students to enter the Master of Athletic Training Program at Castleton University. The Kinesiology program accepts the overall mission of Castleton University to provide a transformational education that emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional studies while also offering graduate programs.
The Kinesiology program strives to prepare students for relevant and meaningful careers in a global economy, advanced academic pursuits, and engaged environmentally responsible citizenship.
The Kinesiology program will prepare students to:
- Utilize the science of kinesiology to impact health and wellness across the lifespan
- Think critically and effectively apply content knowledge to real-world situations and tasks
- Act as ethically responsible professionals
- Utilize effective oral and written communication skills
- Secure employment in a kinesiology-related field, or gain admission to a graduate program of study