Springfield College offers an accelerated five year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree program. This program is designed for persons who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to provide quality health care to those engaged in physically active lifestyles. Emphasis is placed on minimizing risk of injury/re-injury and illness, improving functional outcomes and enhancing/supporting safe participation and return to activity, sport and work. Upon successful completion of this accelerated five year program, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program is divided into two phases: a pre-professional phase in which students complete the General Education Program, core Exercise Science coursework and related requirements, and the professional phase, which includes four semesters and two summers of graduate-level professional athletic training education and clinical experience. Students enter the program as first-year students.
For the first three years of the program, students engage in courses required to complete their undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and pre-professional athletic training coursework. Beginning in the summer term of the fourth year, students engage in graduate level coursework. By the end of the fourth year, students graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science already having completed year one of the of their required professional level athletic training coursework. They continue in graduate athletic training courses in the summer term and will have completed the program in May of their fifth year. Students are advised by an athletic training faculty member from the beginning of their Springfield College experience.
Throughout this challenging five year accelerated program, students are engaged in a mix of classroom, laboratory, online/hybrid, group project, and clinically based educational experiences. Students become practiced in athletic training theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, patient care, communication, administration and teamwork. Fully encompassing the College’s humanics philosophy, the five year accelerated athletic training program emphasizes that health and learning are best gained through an approach that unifies spirit, mind, and body. The typical Springfield College-educated athletic trainer is prepared to utilize a holistic approach in providing healthcare, leadership and service within the community.
The Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. Springfield College is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval. The College anticipates admitting its first cohort in the accelerated 3 + 2 program in September of 2020 and its first graduate class in June of 2022. Upon degree change approval by CAATE (anticipated 2019) and completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The Springfield College Bachelor’s level Athletic Training program received a 10 year reaccreditation decision after our 2016 CAATE self-study and site visit. We fully expect to receive accreditation degree change approval for the graduate program upon matriculation of the first class.
Springfield College has accepted its final cohort (fall 2019) for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program and are no longer accepting students into this program.
How to Apply for Admission:
Springfield College accepts applications for the accelerated five year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree program on a rolling admissions basis. The application process is made easy by use The Common Application.
Students admitted to Springfield College must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED) by the time of their enrollment. Springfield College will require you to submit your high school transcripts, which reflect your high school coursework and cumulative grade point average. Both are important factors in admission. Springfield College recommends that you pursue the strongest college preparatory program available in your high school. Please visit the Springfield College Undergraduate Admissions’ page for specific requirements regarding applying to the College.
Requirements for application to the Program include the following:
- GPA: 3.0/4.0
- SAT: 1150 or higher OR ACT score of 25 or higher
- Strong college preparatory science and mathematics coursework
- AP credits are strongly recommended
- Letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to your potential for success as a health care provider.
- Documented job shadowing hours with a health care professional specializing in sports medicine/rehabilitation (minimum 20).
- Students must maintain 3.0 Cumulative GPA, complete all core coursework with a B- or better, and meet academic and professional standards for matriculation into the Master’s degree program.
- Students in good standing who meet all academic and clinical admission requirements at the conclusion of the third year of the Exercise Science Major/Pre-professional athletic training concentration and hold current certification in BLS level CPR are accepted into the MSAT program. Students have an additional 18 credits to complete towards the Bachelors of Science degree during their fourth year.
- Students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and who have completed the prerequisite coursework and requirements may apply directly into the 2 year Master’s in Athletic Training program beginning summer 2021. (add link)
For more information about the Exercise Science major, contact Dr. Susan Guyer at (413) 748-3404 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
For more information about the Pre-Athletic Training concentration, contact Dr. Mary Barnum at (413) 748-3763.
For more information about the Applied Exercise Science concentration, contact Dr. Elizabeth Mullin (413) 748-3178.
General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.
For specific requirements, see the General Education Program - Traditional Undergraduate Students (40 - 46 credits) section.