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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Athletic Training, Accelerated BS-MS

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The athletic training degree program earned initial accreditation in 1997 and continuing accreditation in 2004 and 2012 through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Prior to this, the curriculum had been National Athletic Trainers’ Association approved since 1978. The athletic training curriculum is defined by the current Board of Certification, Inc. Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, which consists of five performance domains to include: (1) Risk Recuction, Wellness, and Health Literacy; (2) Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis; (3) Critical Incident Management; (4) Therapeutic Intervention; (5) Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility. The curriculum is structured to provide both academic and clinical instruction. The academic curriculum includes such courses as anatomy, kinesiology, human and exercise physiology, injury evaluation, medical and pharmacological principles, administrative aspects, among others. The course work privides a foundation for hands-on clinical experiences provided in the clinical education setting. The students’ clinical requirements include direct patient care with athletes and physically active patients and evaluation of skills by preceptors who supervise each student’s clinical experience. Students rotate through four on-campus athletic training facilities and several off-site affiliated settings during the clinical education component acquiring valuable skills under the direct supervision of certified athletic training staff, team physicians and other allied health professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the BOC, Inc. certification examination. Successful completion of this exam affords the candidate a variety of employment opportunities including athletic training positions at the high school, college, or university level; sports medicine and rehabilitation clinics; professional athletic teams; performing arts; the military; industrial settings; and more. Additionally, many students pursue graduate education opportunities in a number of sports medicine-related professions.

For more information, please contact:

Amy E. Aggelou, PhD, LAT, ATC
Program Director, Athletic Training
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition
6075 Forbes Tower

Admission Requirements

SHRS’s General Education Requirements are included in our upper-level program prerequisites and curriculum requirements; therefore, changes will be reflected in prerequisites and curriculum requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Requirements for students entering the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2021 as first-year students, and students currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and external transfer students entering the upper-level programs offered at SHRS in Fall 2023:

Basic Athletic Training, ATHLTR 1811 

Transfer credit not accepted

Basic Athletic Training Lab, ATHLTR 1812 

Transfer credit not accepted

Seminar in Composition*

1 course

Writing Intensive

1 course (ENGCMP 0400 recommended)

Oral Communication

1 course (COMMRC 0520 preferred; COMMRC 0500COMMRC 0510COMMRC 0530 acceptable

College Algebra

1 course (MATH 0031 or higher math required. Exemption accepted)


1 course (STAT 0200 or STAT 1000 required)

Foundations of Biology 1

BIOSC 0150 

Foundations of Biology 1 Lab

BIOSC 0050BIOSC 0057 or BIOSC 0058   

General Chemistry 1 and Lab

CHEM 0110 

Introduction to Physics

PHYS 0110 

Introduction to Psychology

PSY 0010 

Developmental Psychology (PSY 0310) or other upper level Psychology

3 credits 

Cross-Cultural Awareness*, Global Issues* or Specific Geographic Region*

1 course

Diversity* 1 course
Social Sciences* 1 course

* See the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education Course Catalog.

Additional Requirements

  • Required credits for admission: 60 (Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress).
  • Grades of C- or better (C for transfer) in all prerequisite coursework with the exception of ATHLTR 1811 and ATHLTR1812, where a grade of B or better must be earned.
  • EMT certification through course for credit or other qualified course leading to EMT credential. Verification of completion of EMT certification must be provided to the program director.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (based on 4.0).
  • Submit admissions application including technical standards for admission document.
  • Personal interview with athletic training faculty (as needed).

The Athletic Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessaryfor students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]).

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  • Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: March 1

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

SHRS is moving to a new application platform. Please visit the SHRS website to access information about applying to enter our programs.

Transfer Student Information

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid’s Transfer Application and selecting Athletic Training as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here. Transfer students must also provide application materials directly to SHRS.

All admission criteria applies to transfer students in the same way as students enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus. Students with prior athletic training experience seeking to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh for admission to the Athletic Training Program must complete the same prerequisite requirements as all other candidates including the Basic Athletic Training (ATHLTR 1811) and Basic Athletic Training Lab (ATHLTR 1812) courses and all observation hours. If admitted to the program, all students must complete University of Pittsburgh core athletic training courses. In some instances, credit may be given for other coursework taken at another institution and will be evaluated on an individual case basis. International transferstudents click here.


Coursework for the professional BS-MS in Athletic Training program is divided into two phases: Pre-Professional Phase and the Professional Phase. Students applying for the Accelerated BS-MS in Athletic Training program will complete prerequisite coursework during the first two years of their undergraduate degree. At the conclusion of their sophomore year, students will apply to the Accelerated BS-MS in Athletic Training program. Upon successful application and acceptance into the program, students will complete one year (two semesters) of pre-professional curriculum. During their last two years, students will complete the professional (graduate) curriculum.

Pre-professional Phase

During the pre-professional phase students complete prerequisite and general education courses along with specific Athletic Training-related prerequisites.

Professional Phase

The following courses are to be completed in four semesters and are graduate-level curriculum.

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