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Frequently Asked Questions


Is the program accredited?

Marist's B.S. in Athletic Training curriculum is registered with New York State as a licensure-qualifying degree program and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education programs (CAATE).

What is the mission of Marist's Athletic Training Program?

The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Marist College is to provide students with strong evidence based knowledge and extensive practical experience necessary to become highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals. The Program strives to develop ethical and culturally sensitive health care professionals who are effective team members, life-long learners, and advocates for patients and the public while providing service to the profession and to local and global communities. 

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is an area of health care concerned with the prevention, recognition, care, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries and illnesses to the physically active. Athletic trainers work as part of a comprehensive health care team that includes physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health professionals working in high schools and colleges, medical clinics and hospitals, or corporate and industrial settings.

What career and educational opportunities await graduates of the program?

Our program qualifies students for entry-level professional positions in high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports organizations, hospitals and clinics, and corporate and industrial settings. Students may also go on for further study in graduate and professional schools, including schools of medicine and physical therapy and chiropractics. Upon completion of the B.S. degree in Athletic Training, graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Those passing this exam will be certified as athletic trainers.

Are there any special admissions requirements for this program?

First-years in the Athletic Training program must complete a one-year, pre-professional phase with application to be fully accepted into the program for the sophomore year. The application deadline is November 1 (transfers) and April 1 (transfers and first-years). Application material is available in the Department of Athletic Training.

What are the coursework requirements for the degree?

Marist's Athletic Training program starts with a strong foundation in science as students complete a year of General Biology and General Chemistry, including lab, as a first-year. During the first year, students are also introduced to the field of athletic training via enrollment in two introductory athletic training courses. This first year curriculum is almost identical to the one completed by students majoring in other science disciplines at Marist. As sophomores, students enroll in Human Anatomy & Physiology, including lab, take additional coursework in Athletic Training, and begin support coursework in Health. Advanced coursework in Athletic Training and in support areas such as Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology continue in the junior and senior years. Students also complete Marist's Core/Liberal Studies program with coursework during all four years. The recommended program sequence lists all courses by semester required in the program.

Are internships/practica required?

Yes - all students must complete 900 hours of structured, supervised clinical practica/internships under the direction of a certified athletic trainer. These clinical practica occur over the sophomore, junior, and senior years, after admittance to the professional phase of the program at Marist and at off-campus sites, including local high schools, colleges, and clinics.

What are the facilities like?

Basic science courses are taught in laboratories in the Allied Health Building or Donnelly Hall, whereas athletic training courses and those in the health sciences are taught in the James J. McCann Recreation Center, close to our athletic training rooms.