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2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog 
2021-2022 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training

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Program Information

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/Pre-professional Athletic Training 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 Pre-professional Athletic Training 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.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science with a major in Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training

  • (120 credit hours) Requirements Subject to Change

Contact Information

For more information about the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training program, contact Dr. Mary Barnum at (413) 748-3763.


I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements

I. Core Requirements

With an international reputation as a leader in the field of exercise science, Springfield College was one of the first institutions in the United States to develop curriculum dedicated to the discipline. The major emphasizes that physical activity is inextricably linked to good health, prevention of disease and enhanced human performance. The curriculum is rooted in the Humanics Philosophy of spirit, mind and body. Coursework provides a strong science base, including courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, psychology, measurement, nutrition, and management.

In addition to the Exercise Science core curriculum, the Exercise Science/Pre-professional Athletic Training program provides advanced coursework needed to enroll in the professional phase of the accelerated 3+2 graduate level athletic training degree program.

Program Standards

Students are required maintain the following performance standards:

  • A 3.000 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • A grade of C or better is required in all Exercise Science Required Courses.
  • A grade of B- or better is required in all Pre-professional Athletic Training Required Courses.

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