This accelerated, CAATE- and CAPTE-accredited program will prepare you to become credentialed as both an athletic trainer and a physical therapist by completing all requirements in six years rather than the usual seven. The full-time professional portion of the physical therapy program begins the summer after the junior year.

After receiving your bachelor’s degree and passing the Board of Certification exam, you can obtain state licensure and practice as an athletic trainer while earning your DPT degree. After receiving your DPT, you are eligible to obtain licensure and practice as both a physical therapist and an athletic trainer.

Credit Requirements

A minimum of 128 semester credits is required for the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a cumulative total of 200 credits for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of both the sophomore and junior years allows continued progression in the program. You must maintain this 3.0 cumulative GPA to receive your DPT degree.


The curriculum includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences plus applied scientific knowledge in health, health care, and evidence-based professional practice. Athletic training content is introduced early in the program, making a strong learning link between the classroom and your ongoing clinical education. Other required coursework will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively. You’ll also take 12 credits of humanities electives.

Clinical Experience

You’ll begin interacting with clients in your freshman year and continue throughout the program, including a six-month clinical internship after completing all coursework. BU has more than 15 affiliated athletic training sites in the Boston area and over 700 affiliated physical therapy sites nationwide.

Study Abroad

Because of the accelerated curriculum, the option to study abroad is available only during the summer after the freshman or (with planning) sophomore year.

Technical Standards

Because athletic training and physical therapy are physically, intellectually, and psychologically demanding professions, degree candidates must meet minimum standards in certain skills and abilities. See Technical Standards.

Your Degree

A Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (awarded following completion of the summer after the fourth year of study) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (awarded after completion of all professional coursework and the final six-month clinical internship).

Clinical costs are associated with this program. Please refer to the AT/DPT Academic Policy and Procedure Manual for details and program information.

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