Pertinent Background Information
There is currently a national taskforce examining whether the professional degree required to enter the profession of athletic training should be elevated to the Master’s degree. In fact, the profession’s accrediting body the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has indicated that “compelling evidence indicates that better outcomes are being achieved at the master’s level” (CAATE Accreditation Conference October 18, 2014). As a dynamic and forward-thinking institution High Point University is on the leading edge of this trend in preparing healthcare professionals.
Effective Fall 2015 any student enrolling at HPU to study athletic training must do so at the graduate level. This degree will be offered in combination with a BS in Exercise Science as a 3+2 option or as standalone 2 year post-baccalaureate MSAT. Traditional residential students entering as freshmen should select the 3+2 option. The 2 year post-baccalaureate option is designed for students outside of HPU who have already earned a BS degree (not in AT) and completed the required pre-requisites.
This curriculum will be delivered with the option of a 3+2 plan. Students enrolled in the 3+2 option will complete 176 credit hours in 5 years to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (with a concentration in Health and Wellness) and the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training degree. This enrollment option is designed for the traditional residential college student interested in a liberal arts experience combined with professional education in athletic training.
- The BS in Exercise Science (Health and Wellness Concentration) will be granted in December of the 4th year of study; however, students will have completed all general education and exercise science major requirements by the end of the 3rd year of study (102 credits). The remaining 26 credits required to earn the BS degree (128 credits minimum) will be earned through graduate level courses in athletic training taken in the summer between the 3rd and 4th year and during the fall of the 4th year of study.
- The Master of Science in Athletic Training is awarded at the end of the 5th year of study and the completion of 44 additional graduate credits in athletic training.