BS in Athletic Training
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the accrediting body for athletic training education, has now mandated that “accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training.” As such, the required degree to become an Athletic Trainer will be a master’s degree. Baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program after the start of the fall term 2022.
In response to the accreditation requirements and in preparation for a new master’s program, Montclair State University is proposing a teach-out of the current bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Students who enter the University as Athletic Training Majors during the Fall 2018 will have the opportunity to apply for admission to the undergraduate athletic training program after they meet the requirements for the conditional major program that academic year. Those who are admitted will begin athletic training fieldwork in the fall semester of 2019, should expect to graduate in January or May of 2021, and will be eligible for certification and NJ licensure.
Students entering the University in subsequent catalog years who have an interest in athletic training will have multiple undergraduate degree paths that will allow them to gain prerequisite experience for a master's program in athletic training. The details of these paths will be publicly announced later.
Individuals who obtain a bachelor’s degree in athletic training by 2026 are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination. Athletic Trainers who are currently certified and licensed do not have to obtain an additional master’s degree to continue practicing athletic training. Further inquiries regarding the degree status of Montclair State University’s Athletic Training Program should be directed to Fredrick Gardin, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletic Training Brochure