Athletic Training at Messiah College
If you have an interest in sports, enjoy science, love to work with others, and have a heart to serve, then a career in athletic training may be a good fit for you.
At Messiah College, you’ll be part of a dynamic and unique training curriculum that has earned its reputation as a demanding, yet highly rewarding program. In fact, more than 90 percent of our graduates enter either graduate school or acquire jobs with nationwide public and private educational institutions, professional teams, sports medicine-related clinics, hospitals and industrial/corporate organizations.
Looking for accreditation? We’ve got that covered. Messiah College's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and meets state requirements for athletic training licensure. Successful completion of Messiah's program also prepares students for the Board Of Certification (BOC) examination. Our seniors pass the national certification exam at a rate that exceeds the national average and commend our program for the education that they have received.
Athletic training major distinctives
- Build strong networks in the field through clinical experiences and professional contacts.
- Plan ahead by taking prerequisite course requirements for graduate school.
- Earn significant state and regional scholarships in athletic training.
- Gain significant hands-on experience through on-campus and off-campus training opportunities
- Become a member of the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA), Sport Management Society, or the Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
- Enroll in classes that stretch you intellectually, physically, and spiritually: rehabilitation, pharmacology, injury assessment, administration, nutrition, anatomy, physiology and more.
Career options for athletic training majors
As a graduate of the athletic training program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Athletic trainers for high schools, colleges or professional sports organizations
- Graduate student
- Clinical athletic trainers
- Industry/paramilitary athletic trainers
Internship and research opportunities for athletic training majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of athletic training internships. A few examples include:
- Clinical experience with on-campus sports teams
- Off-campus high school and college football programs
- Industrial sites
Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance
The Department of Health and Human Performance is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- Clubs and student organizations include the Athletic Training Students Association, Sports Management Society, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
- Opportunity to work on a human cadaver (pre-physical therapy and pre-professional students)
- Professors' area of research include: youth sports and ethical issues; health education, race/ethnicity; sponsorship and marketing; and strength and conditioning.
- 98 percent acceptance rate into physical therapy, allied health, and other related graduate programs
- Excellent on-campus facilities such as Messiah's extensive applied human physiology lab, athletic training facilities, weight room, natatorium, indoor jogging track, and the Falcon Fitness Center.