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Exercise Science/Pre-Professional Athletic Training 3+2 (B.S./M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    Endicott College is offering an accelerated master’s degree program for students who are interested in pursuing a career as an athletic trainer. Within five years of study, students will earn two degrees, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT).  Students enrolled in the program will complete three years of study in the Exercise Science/Pre-Professional Athletic Training Major before completing their final two years in the Professional Phase and earning a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.  

    Endicott’s M.S. in Athletic Training is an exciting program where students will gain practical hands-on experience and a strong foundation in the discipline through an intensive educational curriculum containing the necessary competencies and proficiencies established by the CAATE 2020 Professional Standards. 

    The athletic training program explores five key areas:

    • Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
    • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
    • Immediate and emergency care
    • Treatment and rehabilitation
    • Organization and professional health and wellbeing

    All students enrolled in the program will participate in several dynamic clinical experiences such as, collegiate, pediatric, emergency care, orthopedic, primary care, and other specialties, that will prepare students for careers as an Allied Health Professional.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for athletic trainers, 2016-2026, is expected to increase 23% (much faster than average).  

    Key features of the program:

    • Engage in clinical experiences and with knowledgeable preceptors that will support your knowledge and skill development
    • Immediately apply your knowledge and skills with high level athletes under the guidance and supervision of team physicians and athletic trainers
    • Participate in numerous networking opportunities with a variety of allied health professionals during clinical experiences, conferences, lectures, club activities, alumni events, and panel events.
    • Learn innovative techniques while practicing in our state of the art facilities with our experienced and knowledgeable faculty.
    • Enhance your resume by adding other certifications and specialties that will enhance your professional value such as: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American Heart Association Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), M1 Graston Technique
    • Graduate in five years with a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Athletic Training

    To discover institutional tuition rates and financial aid for the program, please visit the Admission & Financial Aid tab at the top of this page. There are additional fees associated with this program which can be downloaded below.

    Athletic Training Program Specific Costs

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  • Admission & Financial Aid

    How to Apply for Admission

    Endicott College accepts applications for the accelerated five year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree (MSAT) program for the fall semester of each academic year. Students apply to the B.S. Exercise Science/Pre-Professional Athletic Training major. See College Admissions Procedures for full listing of admission decision plan options.

    Please note for the 2021 school year Endicott has a revised Test-Optional Policy for the B.S. Exercise Science/Pre-Professional Athletic Training major. For more information please visit Admissions Criteria.

    Program Specific Requirements:

    • SAT: 1100 or higher or ACT score of 23 or higher
    • Strong college preparatory science and mathematics coursework
    • AP credits are strongly recommended

    Students will confirm their intent to enroll in the MSAT program the spring of their junior year. Students in good standing meeting the specified requirements will be accepted to move on to the professional phase of the program. Students who do not matriculate into the MSAT will use their fourth year of study to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. 

    Post Admission Requirements:

    • Students must maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA, complete all prerequisite core coursework with a C+ or better, and meet academic and professional standards for matriculation into the master’s degree program.
    • Prerequisite coursework includes:4 credits Human Anatomy (with lab)
    • 4 credits Human Physiology (with lab)
    • Documented minimum of 30 hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
    • Students must hold current certification in BLS Healthcare Provider.
    • Students must meet the Technical Standards and expectations with or without accommodations.

    Continued Matriculation and Graduation

    Once in the professional (graduate) phase of the program students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students receiving grades lower than B- for six graduate credits will be placed under academic review. Students will be placed under academic probation if their GPA falls below 3.0. Continued unsatisfactory academic progress may lead to dismissal or loss of financial aid.

    Financial Aid

    Students entering as freshmen into the 3+2 Athletic Training program will receive eight semesters of undergraduate financial aid while completing the undergraduate portion of their degree. Institutional scholarships will be renewed for eight semesters. Institutional grants, and federal/state financial aid will be determined each academic year based upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the family’s corresponding expected family contribution (EFC) and financial need. While completing 131 credits towards the Bachelor’s Degree, students will be billed at the undergraduate tuition rate.

    Following the first eight full-time semesters, the student will convert to graduate tuition. At this time, the student will receive graduate financial aid, consisting of federal Direct student loans (for FAFSA filers) and private educational loans. While completing the remaining 43 credits towards the Master’s Degree, students will be billed at the per credit graduate rate which is currently $700 per credit hour.

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  • Mission & Goals

    Program Mission

    The mission of the Endicott College Athletic Training Professional Program is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and foundational behaviors that will optimize human movement and patient care for diverse populations in a wide variety of healthcare environments. The ATEP is committed to cultivating leaders in a dynamic healthcare system who advocate for patient needs, value an evidenced-based team approach to professional practice, embody professionalism and are dedicated to research and scholarship that advances the profession of athletic training.

    Program Goals

    1. To provide an educational environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities along with the foundational behaviors of professional practice.
    2. To create a learning environment that fosters inquiry and analysis, continued life-long learning and demonstrates students’ ability to incorporate evidenced-based practice in clinical decision making.
    3. To prepare athletic training students to successfully transition to professional practice as caring competent healthcare providers

    Student Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of the program students will:

    1. Develop competency in interprofessional socialization and communicate effectively as part of the health care team.
    2. Model and integrate foundational behaviors of athletic training professional practice.
    3. Implement critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline of athletic training.
    4. Critically apply the principles of evidenced-based practice for improving patient outcomes.
    5. Demonstrate competency and proficiency in all domains of athletic training.
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 174

    Undergraduate Year One - Credits: 34

    Fall - Credits: 16

    • INT 010 Pre-Internship (Cr: 0)
    • BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ENG 111 Critical Reading & Writing (Cr: 3)
    • PE 101 Foundations of Movement (Cr: 3)
    • PE 208 Personal & Community Health (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (Cr: 3)

    Spring - Credits: 16

    • BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ENG 112 Critical Reading & Writing (Cr: 3)
    • MTH 126 Applied Statistics (Cr: 3)
    • PE 110 First Aid and Safety (Cr: 3)
    • Values & Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)

    January - Credits: 2

    • INT 100 Internship I (Cr: 2)

    Undergraduate Year Two - Credits: 36

    Fall - Credits: 17

    • PE 234 Strength & Conditioning (Cr: 3)
    • PE 210 Nutrition (Cr: 3)
    • AT 308 Structural Kinesiology (Cr: 4)
    • CHE 105 Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)

    Spring - Credits: 17

    • AT 216 Exercise Physiology and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • EX 302 Research Methods (Cr: 3)
    • EX 305 Exercise Assessment & Prescription (Cr: 3)
    • AT 304 Kinesiology (Cr: 4)
    • Aesthetic Awareness General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)

    January - Credits: 2

    • INT 200 Internship I (Cr: 2)

    Undergraduate Year Three - Credits: 32

    Fall - Credits: 17

    • EX 310 Sport & Exercise Nutrition (Cr: 3)
    • EX 379 Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
    • EX 489 Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 106 Physics I and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)

    Spring - Credits: 15

    • EX 480 Internship (Cr: 12)
    • EX 490 Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    MSAT Year One - Credits: 43

    Summer Session I, First Seven Weeks - Credits: 11

    • MSAT 510 Regional Anatomy (Cr: 4)
    • MSAT 506 Advanced Emergency Management (Cr: 3)
    • MSAT 500 Fundamentals of Athletic Training (Cr: 4)

    Summer Session I, Second Seven Weeks - Credits: 1

    • MSAT 505 Medical Terminology (online) (Cr: 1)

    Fall - Credits: 17

    • MSAT 520 Assessment & Diagnosis I (Cr: 4)
    • MSAT 525 Therapeutic Interventions I (Cr: 4)
    • MSAT 508 Clinical Decision Making I (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 515 Pathophysiology (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 511 Evidenced Based Practice I (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 530 Clinical Education I (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 522 Mechanical Agents (Cr: 3)
      (131 credits to confer degree B.S. in Exercise Science)

    Spring - Credits: 14

    • MSAT 521 Assessment & Diagnosis II (Cr: 4)
    • MSAT 526 Therapeutic Interventions II (Cr: 4)
    • MSAT 509 Clinical Decision Making II (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 523 General Medical Conditions (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 512 Evidence Based Practice II (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 531 Clinical Education II (Cr: 2)

    MSAT Year Two - Credits: 29

    Summer Session II - Credits: 2

    • MSAT 532 Clinical Education III (Cr: 2)

    Fall - Credits: 15

    • MSAT 610 Epidemiology & Informatics (Cr: 3)
    • MSAT 615 Orthopedic Assessment (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 600 Interprofessional Seminar (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 602 Professional Preparation I (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 620 Pharmacology (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 513 Evidence Based Practice III (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 640 Clinical Education Immersion (Cr: 4)

    Spring - Credits: 12

    • MSAT 630 Healthcare Administration (Cr: 3)
    • MSAT 675 Capstone (Cr: 3)
    • MSAT 603 Professional Preparation II (Cr: 1)
    • MSAT 645 Advanced Concepts in Human Performance (Cr: 2)
    • MSAT 670 Clinical Externship (Cr: 3)
  • MSAT Clinical Overview

    MSAT Clinical Overview

    The Master of Science in Athletic Training program contains 53 weeks of diverse clinical experiences with varied patient populations. During the program, students will complete over 1,200 progressively intensive clinical contact hours. All clinical rotations and hours are supervised by an experienced preceptor who will foster critical thinking and facilitate skill development through guided and autonomous learning opportunities. Over the course of two years, students will engage in experiences within the private, public, or preparatory pediatric setting, Division I, II, or III collegiate setting, orthopedic medicine, general medicine, and other areas specific to each student’s career goals. Each clinical experience is specifically structured to provide students with immense opportunity to practically apply the foundational knowledge and theoretical underpinnings learned while in the classroom to concrete encounters for the purpose of creating new knowledge.

    Clinical Education Requirements

    To ensure the health and safety of each student and patient, once accepted or matriculated into the MSAT program, students are required to demonstrate that all immunizations have been completed and are current. Other clinical education requirements may include background checks, fingerprints, and possibly drug testing.

    Throughout the program, students will experience athletic training in a variety of settings. All students must have or arrange transportation to any off campus clinical sites. Site locations and distances vary. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs and are encouraged to carpool when clinical schedules are alike.

    Clinical Education Plan

     Semester Credits Course Setting Opportunities Minimum Hour/Week Requirement 
     Fall I  2 cr.  MSAT 530—Clinical Education I  Public, private, or preparatory pediatric setting  225 hours/ 14 weeks
     Spring I  2 cr.  MSAT 531—Clinical Education II  Division I, II, III collegiate athletics  225 hours/ 14 weeks
     Summer I  4 cr.  MSAT 532—Clinical Education III  Orthopedic medicine (immersive)
     General medicine
     120 hours/ four weeks
     30 hours/ one week
     Fall II  2 cr.  MSAT 640—Clinical Education Immersion  Division I, II, III collegiate athletics (immersive)  400 hours/ 14 weeks
     Spring II  3 cr.  MSAT 670—Clinical Internship  Area of special interest (immersive)  200 hours/ six weeks

    Fall I

    Pediatric Clinical Rotation (MSAT 530)—Students will complete a 14-week (225-hour minimum) clinical experience under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer in a private, public, or preparatory pediatric setting. This rotation will focus on the development and integration of student emergency care, clinical assessment, decision making and rehabilitation with an emphasis on the lower extremity, documentation, and communication skills. Students will provide, in collaboration with their preceptor and inter-professional patient care team, athletic training services that uses evidence to their inform practice for varied patient populations. (2 cr.)


    MSAT 500—Fundamentals of Athletic Training,
    MSAT 505—Medical Terminology,
    MSAT 506—Advanced Emergency Management,
    MSAT 510—Regional Anatomy

    Concurrent Coursework

    MSAT 520—Assessment & Diagnosis I (4 cr.)
    MSAT 525—Therapeutic Interventions I (4 cr.)
    MSAT 508—Clinical Decision Making 1 (1 cr.)
    MSAT 515—Pathophysiology (2 cr.)
    MSAT 511—Evidenced Based Practice I (1 cr.)
    MSAT 522—Mechanical Agents (3 cr.)

    Spring I

    Collegiate Clinical Rotation (MSAT 531) – Students will complete a 14-week (225-hour minimum) clinical experience under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer in Division I, II, or III collegiate sports. This rotation continues to foster the development and integration of each student in the areas of professional communication, injury prevention, clinical assessment, decision making, and rehabilitation with an emphasis on the upper extremity, head and spine. In addition, students will also be introduced to various general medical conditions, diagnostic testing, and postural assessment. Students will provide, in collaboration with their preceptor, athletic training services that uses evidence to inform their practice for varied patient populations. (2 cr.)


    MSAT 520—Assessment & Diagnosis I (4 cr.)
    MSAT 525—Therapeutic Interventions I (4 cr.)
    MSAT 508—Clinical Decision Making 1 (1 cr.)
    MSAT 515—Pathophysiology (2 cr.)
    MSAT 511—Evidenced Based Practice I (1 cr.)
    MSAT 522—Mechanical Agents (3 cr.)

    Concurrent Coursework

    MSAT 521—Assessment & Diagnosis II (4 cr)
    MSAT 526—Therapeutic Interventions II (4 cr.)
    MSAT 509—Clinical Decision Making II (1 cr.)
    MSAT 523—Gen Med Conditions (2 cr.)
    MSAT 512—Evidence Based Practice II (1cr.)

    Summer I 

    Interprofessional Orthopedic and General Medical Clinical Rotation (MSAT 532)—Students will complete a four-week (120-hour) clinical experience within an orthopedic physician practice, as well as, a one-week (30-hour) clinical experience with a general medical physician. These rotations will build upon and emphasize student evaluative and assessment techniques and skills on orthopedic and non-orthopedic injuries and illnesses. Students will further develop communication skills while treating diverse patients throughout the lifespan who participate in sport and non-sport activities at varying levels, and are of different sexes and socioeconomic status. (2 cr.)


    MSAT 521—Assessment & Diagnosis II (4 cr)
    MSAT 526—Therapeutic Interventions II (4 cr.)
    MSAT 509—Clinical Decision Making II (1 cr.)
    MSAT 523—Gen Med Conditions (2 cr.)
    MSAT 512—Evidence Based Practice II (1 cr.)

    Concurrent Coursework


    Fall II

    Collegiate Clinical Rotation II (MSAT 640)—Students will complete a 14-week (400-hour minimum) immersive clinical experience from August to October in the collegiate athletic training setting. This rotation provides students with the opportunity to experience the complete span of collegiate athletic training. During this rotation students will utilize their knowledge and skills in each domain of athletic training, displaying competence as they progress towards mastery. Participating as part of the interprofessional healthcare team, students will refine and demonstrate with a high level of expertise the qualities, characteristics, and skills of an athletic trainer. (4 cr.)


    MSAT 530—Clinical Education I
    MSAT 531—Clinical Education II
    MSAT 532—Clinical Education III

    Concurrent Coursework

    MSAT 602—Prof Preparation I (1 cr.)
    MSAT 513—Evidenced-Based Practice III (1 cr.)

    Spring II

    Clinical Externship (MSAT 670) – This six-week immersive experience is designed to provide students with the latitude to gain athletic training experience in their specific interest of clinical practice and where athletic trainers commonly practice. These settings include, but are not limited to: professional, collegiate, high school, hospital, physician offices, military, performing arts, industrial, etc. This experience will challenge students to integrate each of the domains and principles of athletic training in real patient care settings. (3 cr.)


    MSAT 530—Clinical Education I
    MSAT 531—Clinical Education II
    MSAT 532—Clinical Education III
    MSAT 640—Clinical Education IV

    Concurrent Coursework

    Healthcare Administration (3 cr.)
    Prof. Preparation II

  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Athletic training graduates find employment opportunities in high schools, colleges, sports medicine clinics, fitness and rehabilitation facilities, and with professional sports teams. Many graduates also pursue advanced degrees. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

    Recent Internships

    • Sports Medicine North
    • North Shore Physicians Group
    • University of Massachusetts Lowell
    • Physical Therapy North
    • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    Alumni Employment

    • Atlanta Hawks
    • Charlotte Hornets
    • Sports Medicine North
    • Health South
    • Boston College

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Auburn University
    • Baylor University
    • Duke University
    • Boston University
    • University of Kentucky
"Sports Medicine North has had the honor and pleasure of caring for Endicott student athletes for almost 15 years. We are proud to teach and work alongside the athletic training students on the field and in our clinical office. It is a great testament to the program at Endicott that most of the regional high schools and even some surrounding colleges are staffed by Endicott graduates."
David Fehnel, MD
President & CEO, Sports Medicine North
Tim DiFrancesco

Tim DiFrancesco '03

Founder & President, TD Athletes Edge

Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, is the founder and president of TD Athletes Edge. TD Athletes Edge helps clients reach their performance goals with nutrition, training and recovery.

Tim previously spent six seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He credits the Athletic Training Program at Endicott College for his start in the sports performance training industry. Tim graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Doctorate in Physical Therapist. Tim is a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the NSCA.

“The environment at Endicott gave me the one-on-one attention with people in charge of the curriculum that I needed to help me see what I could do with that foundation,” said DiFrancesco. “From there, I was able to obtain my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, which opened up my eyes into performance training. All of these areas helped build my framework, round out my toolbox, and my resume to a point where I had enough background and an area of expertise that I could look at an athlete in the eye and possess knowledge of any topic.”

DiFrancesco’s elaborate background in a variety of fields has allowed him to adapt over time in his position with the Lakers. In his six years with the team, DiFrancesco had witnessed his profession evolve several times – so much so that his job duties currently encompass the following areas (among others): sports science, nutrition, traditional weight training, strength resistance training, and subjective and objective assessments of the players.

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The professional Athletic Training degree program at Endicott College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and pursue a career as an Athletic Trainer (ATC).  Endicott College has accepted its final cohort (Fall 2019) for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. We are no longer accepting students into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program. Students wishing to pursue a career in athletic training should apply to the Exercise Science/Pre-Professional Athletic Training Program.  In this accelerated model, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master Science in Athletic Training within 5 years of study. The Program is fully accredited and meets the CAATE 2020 Curricular Standards. 

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The School of Sport Science at Endicott College is proud to be a founding member of the Association for Athletic Training Education (AATE). AATE is the only independent organization dedicated to providing a community that serves as a collective voice for matters pertaining to athletic training education.