BS in Athletic Training

The AT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and prepares its graduates to practice as athletic trainers. The program provides professional preparation for positions in athletic training, medical, and rehabilitation settings located in secondary schools, colleges, clinics, hospitals, the military, the performing arts, and professional athletics. Completion of the program leads to eligibility to take the Board of Certification examination. Students in this major are eligible to apply for the Sargent College Thesis for Distinction.

Degree Requirements

Graduation with a BS in Athletic Training requires a minimum of 128 credits. Each course (or transfer equivalent) specified in the curriculum below must be included in these credits. Credits are given for both academic and clinical preparation. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be attained by the junior year and maintained for graduation. This GPA must represent a record that contains no more than 12 credits with a grade of D. All required professional courses, including all those with an AT prefix, CAS BI 211, SAR HS 201, SAR HS 369, SAR HS 342, SAR HP 531, SAR HP 532, SAR HP 560, and SAR HP 561, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite courses (CH 171, CH 172, BI 105, BI 106, PY 105, and PY 106) must be completed with a grade of C– or better. Up to 8 credits of preapproved prerequisite courses can be taken at institutions other than Boston University. A student may repeat a course only once to meet the above requirements. For further details, including additional costs associated with the program, please refer to the Athletic Training Program Policy & Procedure Manual, which is available on our department website. The most current curricula information and the program’s technical guidelines can be found on our website.

Athletic Training Curriculum

Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 105 Introductory Biology for Health Sciences
  • CAS CH 171 Principles of General Chemistry
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS MA 118 College Algebra and Trigonometry or
    CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences
  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Year Experience (0 cr)
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation Professions (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 106 Human Anatomy
  • CAS CH 172 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • SAR AT 205 Athletic Training Practicum I (1 cr)
  • SAR HS 201 Introduction to Nutrition

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 211 Human Physiology
  • CAS PY 105 Elementary Physics I
  • SAR AT 355 Foundations of Athletic Training
  • SAR AT 304 Athletic Training Practicum II (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • CAS PY 106 Elementary Physics II
  • SAR HS 369 Gross Human Anatomy
  • SAR AT 356 Examination and Diagnosis of Orthopedic Conditions
  • SAR AT 305 Athletic Training Practicum III (2 cr)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • SAR HP 531 Clinical Medicine I
  • SAR AT 404 Clinical Athletic Training I
  • CAS MA 113, MA 115, MA 213, or PS 211 Statistics

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 572 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • SAR AT 405 Clinical Athletic Training II
  • SAR AT 430 Orthopedic Rehabilitation (5 cr)
  • SAR HP 532 Clinical Medicine II

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HP 565 Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • SAR HP 560 General Medicine Practicum (1 cr)
  • SAR AT 504 Clinical Athletic Training III
  • SAR AT 432 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (2 cr)
  • SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Lifespan

Second Semester

  • SAR AT 505 Clinical Athletic Training IV
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the United States

Students are required to maintain current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care throughout the program.

Students must also complete two social science electives, one humanities elective, and one PDP course.