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 Messiah College’s Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training may be a good fit for you.
Athletic training is a growing allied health profession that prepares you to provide athletic training services to athletes and other physically active individuals. In Pennsylvania and nationwide, public and private educational institutions, professional teams, sports medicine-related clinics, hospitals and industrial/corporate organizations indicate a need for certified athletic trainers.
At Messiah College, experienced faculty guide you in 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.
Athletic Training Distinctives
As an athletic training major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- 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.
Mission & Goals
- Integrate faith and learning through the application of Biblical truths in classroom and clinical settings
- Instill professional and service attitudes among students, which are rooted in strong moral and ethical values
- Effectively instruct students in current athletic training knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Prepare students for entry-level positions and/or graduate study
- Prepare students to meet and/or exceed CAATE’s 70% first time BOC exam pass rate.
- Assure effective clinical instruction and supervision
- Assure students meet the NATA educational competencies and foundational professional behaviors
- Prepare students to practice autonomously upon graduation
- Develop students professional and scholar abilities
- Effectively instruct students about employment, career, or graduate school options/requirements
Clinical Experience and Research Opportunities
The undergraduate athletic training curriculum offers clinical experiences in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.
- Experience with Messiah’s own NCAA DIII athletic teams as an athletic training student (sophomore and junior year)
- Collision sport experience at a local high school or college (senior year)
- Observation at a local physical therapy practice (senior year)
- General medical observation at Messiah College’s campus health center
- Observation in the operating room with one of Messiah College’s team physicians/surgeons
- Additional opportunities may include off-campus learning opportunities in the industrial, in-patient hospital and performance coaching settings
Our curriculum does not contain a formal research requirement. However, opportunities for participation in research do exist.
- Participating in an existing research project developed by one of the athletic training faculty members
- Completion of an independent project as an upperclassman under the supervision of an athletic training faculty member
- Participation in on-going projects within the Messiah College Collaboratory
- Serving in the specific role of student musculoskeletal consultant
- Messiah College students have recently presented research posters/presentations at:
- Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Annual Student Symposium
- Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Annual Meeting and Symposium
- Messiah College School of Science, Engineering, and Health Annual Symposium
Upon graduation from the athletic training program and passing of the BOC certification exam, students are equipped to secure positions across a broad spectrum of opportunities. Some examples are listed below:
- Head/assistant athletic trainer for youth, middle, or high school sports
- Staff athletic training positions within the collegiate sports setting
- Graduate assistant athletic trainer while pursuing completion of a Master’s degree
- Physician extender in an orthopedic or family medicine practice
- Wellness/ergonomics/workman’s compensation specialist in the industrial healthcare setting
- Staff athletic trainer involved with professional sports
- Staff athletic trainer working with individuals in the performing arts
- Many additional, unique opportunities exist for certified athletic trainers including pursuit of additional training in related allied health fields at the graduate level, working with individuals in the military or other tactical professions, pursuing research, pursuing a career in higher education, and many more
For more information on career planning for the athletic training program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Looking for accreditation? We’ve got that covered. Messiah College's Athletic Training Program is carefully designed to meet the requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association Athletic Training Education Competencies.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has reviewed the materials from our Professional Athletic Training Program’s 2015-2016 Comprehensive Review. The Athletic Training Program at Messiah College has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation.
Admission to the Major and Professional Certification
Students who gain formal acceptance to the athletic training major and meet all of the academic course and clinical experience requirements will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification (BOC) Exam where you can become certified as an athletic trainer. Please refer to the curriculum sheet and suggested 8 semester plan sequence for more information on the courses and educational program requirements.
Our BOC pass rate for the previous three years (2013-2016) is 100% (34 of 34). This data is available publicly in compliance with accreditation standards as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Additionally, students who take specific coursework to meet graduate school requirements often pursue a physical therapy education and eventually become dually certified as an AT/PT.