Anchored in the Mercyhurst tradition of excellence, the Athletic Training Department is always looking for ways to refine their craft so students receive the best and most cutting-edge experience. Athletic Training combines science-based knowledge with contemporary evidence-based practices to train majors to treat a variety of populations. From athletes to military personnel to the weekend warrior, athletic trainers learn how to help the physically active get back on their feet following an illness, injury or surgery. Through our decades of educating aspiring future professionals, we have come to understand that it is not the initials after a name that define the work, but rather the impact a person will make. Between hours of hands-on clinical experiences, classroom learning with state-of-the-art equipment, and faculty dedicated to whole-person discovery and development, our graduates leave with the most fulfilling education experience and the skills to lead a successful professional life.
Athletic Trainers treat injuries, optimize movements, and support the overall well-being of physically active individuals across all settings, from professional athletes to performing artists to anyone engaged in the activities of daily life. If you’re interested in a career in this in-demand field, Mercyhurst’s Pre-Athletic Training program prepares students for continuing education and careers related to health care of physically active individuals and athletes. In this program, you’ll learn health-related skills and professions that prevent and manage injuries and illnesses related to active individuals and organized sports. The pre-health courses in Sports Medicine prepare and qualify you for entrance into graduate and professional health degree programs.
Master’s-level training and certification is needed for careers in athletic training, and the Pre-Athletic Training program prepares students for entry into a range of Master of Science in Athletic Training or Master of Athletic Training graduate programs. In this undergrad program, students will also learn essential clinical skillsets that may allow for related careers and additional employable certifications beyond athletic training.
The Pre-Athletic Training program is offered in two paths: an Accelerated (“3+2”) path and a Traditional path. Both paths involve the same coursework, but differ only in their time to completion and anticipation of enrolling in graduate athletic training. Students in both paths are given “Preferential Consideration” for the graduate Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at Mercyhurst, provided admission criteria is met. Certain Accelerated route students can earn guaranteed entry into the graduate program, upon review from the university.