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Exercise Science/Athletic Training (B.S./M.S.)

Learn how to prevent, care for, evaluate, manage, and rehabilitate injury and illness in athletic and physically active populations in our nationally recognized athletic training program. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), our program prepares and enables you to take the national Board of Certification Exam (BOC), which certifies an athletic trainer (ATC) to practice in many professional settings.

We offer an accelerated, dual degree, 5-year program that leverages the fourth year as both the final year of the BS component in order earn a BS, Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-Athletic Training, and the first year of the MS in AT, simultaneously. Students intending on becoming a certified athletic trainer (ATC) via the Ithaca College professional program in AT will enter IC as Exercise Science Pre-Athletic Training majors, and complete a 4 year BS, in Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-Athletic Training as the sole entry point into the MS, Athletic Training degree program.

Our unique, medically based and integrated curriculum incorporates progressive and integrated academic coursework with supervised and deliberate clinical experiences. Our professional athletic training curriculum intentionally emphasizes and encapsulates the requisite human and biological sciences with the medical and clinical sciences as the program’s foundation. 

But content and knowledge are not enough to become an expert healthcare clinician, so our program deliberately focuses on the explicit development of the clinical reasoning skills and adaptive expertise you will need to become clinically capable as an athletic trainer.  It ensures you are capable for clinical practice and entry into professional and postgraduate programs of study in related health care fields.