What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. (www.nata.org)

The Athletic Training Program at Marywood University:

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Marywood University consists of a four-semester didactic and clinical education program and is a stand-alone major housed in the Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science.

Students will enter and progress through the program as a cohort. A maximum of 16 students per year are accepted into the program. All applicants must have met the entrance requirements and be accepted/enrolled at Marywood prior to admission into the program.

While progressing through their educational experience, students will have the opportunity to gain invaluable clinical experiences at one of our affiliated sites within the greater Scranton area. These sites include 8 area high schools, intercollegiate athletic teams at Marywood University, Clarks Summit University, Lackawanna College, and the University of Scranton, sports medicine clinics including United Health Services, ProCare Therapy, Greater Carbondale YMCA, Impact Physio, Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA, Geisinger Health Systems, and various general medical offices.

Marywood ATP BOC Exam Results


2014- 2015

2015- 2016

2016- 2017


# of students graduating from program who took examination.





# of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.





% of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.





# of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.





% of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.





Accreditation Status

Marywood University is on probation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next CAATE meeting is in February 2018 where the program expects to be removed from probation as the 3 year aggregate pass rate (Standard 11) is now above 70%. The programs next comprehensive review by the CAATE will occur in 2022-23.