Accelerated Track Leads to Master’s Degree in Five Years
Immaculata University now offers two new athletic training program options. The accelerated 3+2 track, provides students an option to complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree matriculating into the university’s Master of Athletic Training program (MAT). In addition, a traditional four-year curriculum in pre-athletic training, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, is also available with the flexibility of enrolling in IU’s MAT or another graduate program within the field.
“Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase by nearly 20% by 2028,” states Kelly A. Stalker, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, director of the Athletic Training Program. “With these new curriculum tracks, students can either complete all five years in Immaculata’s accelerated MAT program—saving time and money—or earn a B.S. degree and be prepared for other graduate programs within the field.”
Undergraduate athletic training majors learn foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and exercise science to prepare for graduate studies in athletic training or related disciplines. Students in the 3+2 track enter the MAT program starting in their fourth year of college.
In the master’s program, students utilize evidence-based practices to prevent, diagnose, and treat various conditions in physically active individuals. Students have a variety of flexible course formats including online and hybrid.