3+2 Accelerated BS to MAT
If you have an interest in science and a passion for health, sports and athletics, a career in athletic training could be a good fit for you.
Athletic trainers do more than evaluate and treat athletic injuries. They are health care professionals who are dedicated to the whole treatment of an individual through developing and implementing programs intended to prevent injury and illness and help people perform at their best. In addition to working for sports teams at all levels, athletic trainers are needed for other industries such as the performing arts, military, hospitals and educational institutions.
At Immaculata, the 3+2 Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Athletic Training program is designed for individuals who have a strong desire to pursue a career in athletic training and proven academic success in the sciences. This program allows you to complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Immaculata in a total of five years instead of six––saving you time and money.
You will spend your first three years taking undergraduate courses that will provide you with the foundational knowledge to be successful in the graduate program. In your fourth year you will matriculate into the graduate program and begin the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) curriculum. At the completion of the fourth year, you will earn your B.S. in Exercise Science. At the conclusion of your fifth year, you will earn you master’s degree in Athletic Training.
At A Glance
Program: Bachelor of Science and Master of Athletic Training
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: January 16, 2024
Time to Completion Five years
"When I first started my career journey, I had little confidence in myself and what I was capable of. I owe a lot of credit to my professors and preceptors; they saw my potential when I did not see it in myself. They pushed me to always do my best and never gave up on me. Because of this, I found that athletic training is more than just a profession or career. It is a calling to help others, and I have the passion and dedication to succeed."
Students should indicate their interest in the accelerated program when applying to Immaculata University through the common application. Additional program specific materials will be required. Qualified applicants will be invited for a program interview.
- 3.25 cumulative high school GPA
- 10 hours of athletic training observation (supervised by a certified athletic trainer)
- Athletic Training essay (located in the admissions portal)
- Transfer students are eligible to apply to this program. Transcript review will determine whether the program can be completed in an accelerated fashion. Students must complete a minimum of two-years at Immaculata prior to matriculating into the MAT.
Once you are accepted into the accelerated program, you will be required to maintain academic standards for progression. Each semester, the athletic training program director will review your transcript to make sure you are maintaining the required 3.0 cumulative grade point average and earning a C+ or higher in all pre-requisite courses. During the spring of your third year, you will complete a formal application to matriculate into the graduate program. This application will ensure that you have met the requirements for admission into the Master of Athletic Training program (pre-requisite courses, technical standards, CPR/AED certification, athletic training practicum, and supervisor evaluation). All students maintaining these criteria will begin the MAT in the summer of their fourth year.
If for some reason you are unable to maintain these criteria, you will be able to continue your education in our traditional four-year pre-athletic training program and apply to the Master of Athletic Training at the completion of your senior year.
What are the advantages of the 3+2 program?
The 3+2 program provides a fast track to a career in athletic training. Instead of six years to complete your master’s degree, you can complete it in just five years. This saves you time and money.
How many students can participate in the program each year?
Currently there is no maximum number of students accepted each year. We seek to enroll all students who are qualified and have a strong interest in a career in athletic training.
Once I have elected to participate in the 3+2 program, do I have to complete the undergraduate program in 3 years?
You may choose to remain in the undergraduate program for a fourth year because you want to participate in your senior year of athletics or you feel you are not ready to enter the graduate program just yet. If you choose to continue with a fourth year in the undergraduate program, your seat in the masters program will be deferred for one year. Please note that you will still need to complete a full two years in the graduate program.
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