Athletic Training and Exercise Science

  • Small class size
  • Hands-on clinical experiences for athletic training students
  • Expansive list of clinical sites: high schools, universities, orthopaedic offices, and physical therapy sites
  • Seven semesters of field experience at local colleges, high schools, and universities

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Mission

The Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science prepares students for careers and graduate study in athletic training, exercise science, physical education, and other allied health care professions such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. The major programs within the department are content rich, laboratory supported, and field based. Faculty accomplish the mission of the department through effectiveness in teaching, productivity in research or other creative activity, and contributions in service.

Courses in Athletic Training and Exercise Science are designed to:

  1. Actively engage students in a comprehensive educational experience that is enhanced through the interaction of classroom, clinical, and professional educational experience.
  2. Provide each student with a theoretical and analytical knowledge base.
  3. Provide quality field practicum experience.
  4. Develop professionals with high ethical standards who will positively contribute to their professions.
  5. Develop professionals who value self directed learning and professional development.
  6. Achieve satisfactory preparation reported by graduates and employers, for entry level positions and/or graduate school.
  7. Prepare students to sit for and successfully complete national and/or state certification examinations.
  8. Acquire physical skill to incorporate physical activity and wellness for a diverse society.

Degree Requirements

Credits required for Athletic Training

Major: 83.5
Core: 46
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 129.5

Credits required for Exercise Science

Major: 83
Core: 46
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 129

Credits required for Teacher Education

Major: 88
Core: 46
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 134

Programs

Students in the Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science can choose from three degrees: B.S. in Athletic Training, B.S. in Exercise Science, or B.S. in Health and Physical Education (Teacher Certification).

  1. The Athletic Training Program is committed to providing students with education, clinical, and professional growth opportunities that will help prepare them for The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) examination, and entry into the Athletic Training profession.
  2. The Exercise Science major will prepare students for positions as personal trainers and health fitness instructors with community, hospital-based, and corporate fitness programs. Students are also prepared for graduate study in exercise physiology and post-graduate training in allied-health fields.
  3. The Teacher Education major is designed to prepare students to teach in an educational setting and, upon completion, leads to a Pennsylvania teaching certification for grades pre-K-12 in Health and Physical Education. (See Education Department listings for complete details on certification.)

Minors are available in:

  1. Physical Education
  2. Coaching
  3. Fitness Professional
  4. Exercise Science

Curriculum Requirements — Majors and Minors

B.S. Athletic Training

The two-year professional program combines intensive classroom and clinical education. Students interested in the athletic training program must meet strict and demanding admissions requirements, and formally apply to the program in the spring of their second year. Once admitted, students begin an intense didactic study with clinical experience in relevant and up-to-date practical knowledge. In addition to the minimum 126 credits, students will have clinical experience hours working with university athletic teams, local high schools, physician offices, and local physical therapy clinics.

Please see the Athletic Training Program (ATP) website, marywood.edu/AT, for the most up-to-date information concerning all aspects of the ATP.

Program Requirements Athletic Training

Required Core Courses: (6 credits)

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3

Theory Courses: (17.5 credits)

Students need to receive a minimum of a "B–" in ATES 180 and a "C" in all other required courses. 

BIOL 121L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
1
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 122L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
1
ATES 210 Anatomical Concepts 1
ATES 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy 3
ATES 225 Physiology of Exercise 3
ATES 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab .5
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
ATES 424 Organization and Administration 3

Degree Courses (67 credits):

BIOL 114 Microbiology for the Health Professional 3
BIOL 114L Microbiology for the Health Professional Lab 1
CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM 121L Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ATES 130 Emergency Response in Athletic Training 2
ATES 155 Pre-Clinical Experience in Athletic Training 1
ATES 180 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
ATES 255A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I 3
ATES 255B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II 3
ATES 308 Concepts in Athletic Training 3
ATES 311 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I 3
ATES 311L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers I Lab 1
ATES 313 Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II 3
ATES 313L Evaluation and Assessment for Athletic Trainers II Lab 1
ATES 355A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III 3
ATES 355B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV 3
ATES 360 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
ATES 360L Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab 1
ATES 400 Therapeutic Modalities 3
ATES 401 Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
ATES 410 Therapeutic Exercise 3
ATES 411 Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
ATES 418 General Medical Conditions for the Athletic Trainer 4
ATES 455A Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V 3
ATES 455B Clinical Experience in Athletic Training VI 3
ATES 459 Research in Athletic Training 2
ATES 460 Senior Seminar 2
N D 330 Sports Nutrition 3

Athletic Training Program Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Marywood University is to provide dedicated, effective undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and service to our students preparing to be health care providers for physically active individuals in the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Students in the Athletic Training Program are offered a curriculum of didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences which emphasize a “hands on” learning approach. The Athletic Training Program is committed to providing students with education, clinical, and professional growth opportunities that will help prepare them for The Board of Certification (BOC) examination, and entry into the Athletic Training profession. The Athletic Training Program at Marywood University does not discriminate against religion, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or disability.

Program Goals

• Facilitate student knowledge, and clinical skill development as the foundation for sound practice and leadership in the profession of Athletic Training.

• Athletic Training students will complete a variety of clinical experiences.

• Support university values of teaching and learning as a first priority providing quality service to students, to the university, and to the community.

• Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree in four years.

• All graduates of the Marywood University ATP sit for the BOC examination.

Program Objectives

At the completion of the Athletic Training Program, the students will:

  1. Demonstrate educational competency and clinical proficiency in the following content areas for the practice of Athletic Training:
    a. Evidence Based Practice
    b. Prevention and Health Promotion
    c. Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
    d. Acute Care of Injury and Illness
    e. Therapeutic Interventions
    f. Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
    g. Health Care Administration
    h. Professional Development and Responsibilities. 
  2. Understand the profession of Athletic Training, the athletic trainer’s role in the health care arena, and the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the athletic trainer as a health care professional.
  3. Recognize the need for the support of clinical practice through ongoing education, research and service.
  4. Demonstrate respect for and treat the patient as an individual, without regard to race, color, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, political or religious affiliation, or athletic ability. Facilitate student knowledge, and clinical skill development as the foundation for sound practice and leadership in the profession of Athletic Training.


Program Admissions Criteria

A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training major. A maximum of 16 students will be admitted to the program each year. Application to the Athletic Training Program takes place during the spring semester of the sophomore year. A second round of admissions may occur following the summer term if space is available. Interested students must meet with the Program Director prior to declaring Athletic Training as a major.

The admission of transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the students’ cumulative GPA and prerequisite coursework. The Program Director will make all decisions related to the acceptance of transfer courses. Transfer students are required to complete all Athletic Training specific courses at Marywood University. Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program requirements and any questions regarding transfer courses. (See program transfer policy in the ATP handbook and website, marywood.edu/AT-adm for more information).

Admission to the Professional Phase Athletic Training Program requires: 

  1. Completion of ATES 180 with a grade of B– or better
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:
    1. ATES 130
    2. ATES 155
    3. BIOL 121
    4. BIOL 122
  3. A cumulative QPA of 2.50 or higher 
  4. Submission of the following:  
    1. Program application form
    2. An Unofficial Marywood University transcript
    3. Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at another college/university.
    4. Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification (see ATP student handbook for a list of approved ECC providers).
    5. Proof of current first aid certification.
    6. Two letters of recommendation, not from family or personal acquaintances.
      1. One from an individual that can speak to the academic qualities of the applicant (HS teacher, non-program university faculty).
      2. One from an AT, MD, DO, PT, OT, NP, PA or DC that addresses likeli­hood the applicant will be successful as a healthcare professional.
    7. Copies of physical examination and vaccination verifications. 
    8. A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form. 
    9. 500 word minimum essay addressing the question "Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you." 
    10. Supervising ATC evaluation of student observation hours. 25 hours of clin­ical observation completed under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer. 

Once all required materials are submitted, and reviewed, the candidate will be eligible for a formal interview.

A detailed up-to-date description of the ATP application and admission process is located in the ATP Student Handbook and online at marywood.edu/AT-adm.

Tuition and Fees

In addition to tuition, athletic training students will be responsible for the following additional expenses:

  • Act 34: Criminal Record Check (annually)
  • Act 151: Child Abuse History Clearance (annually)
  • Immunizations (including annual tuberculosis)
  • Fingerprints (every other year)
  • Marywood University ATP Clothing
  • Transportation to and from clinical sites

See the ATP handbook and website, marywood.edu/AT for a complete description of program related fees.


B.S. Health and Physical Education

Majors

This program, which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, requires each student to successfully complete the following courses, in addition to the core curriculum component of the undergraduate curriculum.

Teacher Education majors must attain a minimum QPA of 3.00 to be admitted into the program and must maintain the 3.00 to graduate in this major. Teacher Education majors must also successfully complete upper level education admission and retention requirements.

Upper Level Admission, Retention (Completed with the Education Department)

Students make formal application for upper level teacher education courses as they complete 48 credits, often in the second semester of the sophomore year.

Requirements are as follows:

  1. application;
  2. recommendation from two faculty;
  3. cumulative overall QPA of 3.00 minimum;
  4. completion of 6 credits of college level math and 6 credits of college level English (3 credits in composition, 3 credits in literature);
  5. speech/hearing/communication screening;
  6. evidence of ongoing field experience with minimum of 40 hours (NOTE: Act 34/Act 151 fingerprint clearances are required for field experience participation);
  7. interview with faculty and practitioners;
  8. passing scores on PADA: Reading, PPST: Writing, and PPST: Math tests taken in first sophomore semester (involves fees);
  9. character reference.


Student teaching approval requires:

  1. completion of all admission procedures specified above;
  2. completion of prerequisite courses;
  3. completion of at least 190 hours of field experience, appropriately distributed over scope of sequence;
  4. minimum QPA of 3.00 overall;
  5. minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and also in the professional education sequence for secondary/K-12; Elementary Education majors need a QPA of 3.0 in the major and also in the minor;
  6. continuing recommendation of major department;
  7. Mantoux test (formerly TB) and other clearances specified locally.


Recommendation for certification requires:

  1. completion of degree requirements;
  2. completion of program in education (3.00 minimum QPA);
  3. completion of major (3.00 QPA).


Required courses for Health and Physical Education majors and their credit amounts are as follows. Students must receive a “C” or better in the following courses. The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Health and Physical Education Courses: (34.5 credits)

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 121L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
1
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 122L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
1
ATES 132 Personal and Community Health
3
ATES 160 Foundations of Physical Education
3
ATES 210 Anatomical Concepts
1
ATES 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
ATES 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
3
ATES 225 Physiology of Exercise
3
ATES 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab
0.5
ATES 236 Tests and Measurements 3
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education
3
ATES 424 Organization and Administration
3

B.S. Health and Physical Education Teacher Education. Must take all classes listed below:

ATES 201 Team Sports 2
ATES 202 Recreation Sports 2
ATES 203 Individual Sports 2

Teacher Education Major Courses (47.5 credits):

ATES 115 Basic Aquatics
1
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education
3
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory
1
HPE 322 School Health
3
HPE 346 Methods in Secondary Physical Education
2
HPE 346L Methods in Secondary Physical Education Lab
0.5
EDUC 000 Field Experience (every semester)
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­-12 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
1
PSY 251 Developmental Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
†EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction K-12
3
†EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education
3
†SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptation 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching ELL 3
MATH Elective
3
EDUC 442N Student Teaching
9

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching
† Upper level admission and retention in Education Department Required.

Accreditation

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), having met the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

1. An 18-credit minor in Health and Physical Education is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

ATES 111R Weight Lifting
1
HPE 132 Personal and Community Health 3
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education
3
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory 1
ATES 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 322 School Health 3
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education
3

2. A 19-credit Coaching minor is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

ATES 111R Weight Lifting
1
ATES 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology
3
ATES 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
ATES 421 Coaching 2
ATES 360 Exercise Test and Prescription 3
ND 330 Sports Nutrition 3
OR
ND 331 Sports Nutrition & Health Promotion
3

3. An 18-credit Fitness Professional minor is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for course. Courses included in the minor are:

PSYC 439 Sports Psychology 3
ATES 457 Sport and Rec Management 3
BUS 111 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 123 Management and Career Options 3
BUS 131 Accounting I  3
BUS 425 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3

4. An 18.5 credit minor in Exercise Science is available to interested students. Students must check prerequisites for courses. Courses included in the minor are:

ATES 111R Weight Lifting
1
ATES 210 Anatomical Concepts 1
ATES 221 Kinesiology
3
ATES 225,225L Physiology of Exercise and Lab 3.5
ATES 360, 360L Exercise Testing and Prescription and Lab 4
ATES 440 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
One of the following:
*ATES 215, PSYC 439, ATES 380, ATES 475, ATES 480 3

*Graduate level courses SNES 509 or SNES 510 may be selected by those academically prepared under University policy and with the permission of the Chairperson.

B.S. Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program provides students with expertise in acute and chronic changes to the body with exercise, requiring coursework in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, exercise physiology, nutrition, research methods, disease prevention, and exercise testing and prescription. The degree culminates in two semesters of practicum experience, providing students with hands-on experience in their future careers.

Exercise Science majors must attain a minimum QPA of 2.50 in the major program to graduate. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be admitted into the program nor allowed to take upper level (300+) major courses

Exercise Science Major courses (82-83 credits):

Skills:

ATES 111R Weight Lifting 1
ATES 115 Basic Aquatics 1
ATES 201 Team Sports 2
ATES 202 Recreational Sports 2
ATES 204 Teaching Group Exercise 2

Sciences:

BIOL 114,114L Microbiology for Health 4
BIOL 121, 121L Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4
BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4
CHEM 121, 121L Principles of Chemistry and Lab 4
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
OR
MATH 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3

Exercise Science Theory:

ATES 210 Anatomical Concepts 1
ATES 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
ATES 221 Kinesiology 3
ATES 225, 225L Principles of Exercise Physiology and Lab 4
ATES 236  Tests and Measurements  3
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education 3
HPE 242 Methods in Elementary Physical Education Lab I .5
HPE 243 Methods in Elementary Physical Education Lab II .5
PSYC 439 Sports Psychology 3
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education 3
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
ATES 360, 360L Exercise Testings & Prescription and Lab 4
ATES 380 Exercise and Disease Prevention 3
ATES 424 Organization and Administration 3
ATES 440 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
ATES 457 Sports and Recreation Management 3
ATES 475 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
ATES 480A Exercise Science Practicum 3
ATES 480B Exercise Science Practicum 3
ATES 495 Senior Seminar .5

Nutrition:

N D 112 Nutrition I 3
N D 213 Nutrition II 3
N D 330/331 Sports Nutrition 3

Fitness Professional Track (21 hours from the following):

PSYC 439 Sports Psychology 3
ATES 380 Exercise and Disease Prevention 3
ATES 450 Sports and Recreation Management 3
ATES 475 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
ATES 499 Independent Study 3
*Electives 6
BUS 111 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 123 Management and Career Options 3
BUS 131 Accounting I 3
BUS 425 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3

 *Graduate level courses SNES 509 or SNES 510 may be selected by those academically prepared under University policy and with the permission of the Chairperson.

Pre-Allied Health Track:

Students will complete 21 credit hours of coursework required for graduate study. The coursework for the Pre-Allied Health Track is primarily designed by the needs of the student for graduate study. Many students will apply for graduate study (physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school, etc.) with each program requiring different courses. The flexibility of this degree track allows students to complete those hours in preparation. Suggested courses include CHEM 131, 131L, 132, and 132L; PHYS 213, 213L, 214, and 214L; ATES 499; PSYC 251, 431; MATH 201, 220, 246.


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