Athletic Training - BS

  • Athletic Training

  • “ Working with athletes is the best part of my major.”

    Alyssa Vanasco of New Castle, PA, a 2016 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training

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    Program Contact:  Mr. Jason Honeck

    You love sports, right? In fact, you love them so much you want to help keep athletes healthy and strong. Then you'll love our athletic training major. 

    While you're here, you'll:

    • Get more than 900 hours of supervised, hands-on clinical experience
    • Get six consecutive semesters of clinical rotation with various populations and in diverse settings.
    • Spend time with the athletes on one of our sports teams.
    • Get the opportunity to gain clinical experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer at local high school sporting events.


    And 92 percent of our graduates either get a job in athletic training or go on to graduate school. You can, too. Go to work at a college, university or high school. Or work for a professional sports team. Maybe at a health club or in a hospital.

    Please note that admission to this program is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.

    The University of Pittsburgh Bradford Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) . Included is information about our students'  Board of Certification pass rates, student graduation rates, and employment rates

    CAATE program status is: The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

    Retention and Graduation Rates for the Athletic Training program

    What you can do with a degree in Athletic Training   Suggested 4-year plan of study

    Pre-admission Requirements for the Athletic Training Major:

    Only those students interested in becoming Board of Certification (BOC)-certified athletic trainers can major in athletic training.

    1. Completion of HPRED 0101 Introduction to Athletic Training, HPRED 0110 Practicum in Athletic Training, HPRED 0180 Sports Safety Training, and BIOL 0212, 0213, 0222, and 0223, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Human Anatomy Labs I and II .
    2. Completion of a minimum of 24 credits (i.e., sophomore standing).
    3. Minimum GPA of 3.00 in major and 2.75 overall.  
    4. Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
    5. Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification verification.
    6. Must have a current physical examination completed by a physician and current proof of medical insurance.
    7. Each student must meet the technical standards outlined below.
    8. Must have completed Blood Borne Pathogen & HIPAA Training Workshops..
    9. Must complete a formal interview with AT program faculty.

      Admission is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.

    Technical Standards For Admission 
    ATS Physical Form
    Clinical 3/4 Clearances Check-List
    ATS Contract
    ATS Travel/Clinical Site Compliance Form
    Health Requirement Policy
    Communicable Disease Policy
    AT Major Candidate Letter of Recommendation Form

    Athletic Training Guidelines and Requirements for Transfer Students:

    The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford accepts transfers into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) major under the following conditions:

    1. The student must be accepted to The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in order to be considered for admission into the AT major.
    2. Students must apply to the AT major with the same application process as all other students.
    3. Students must meet all selection criteria.
    4. Students who were not accepted into a CAATE accredited AT major at their prior institution must complete the entire three-year clinical education program.
    5. Students transferring (following admission into) from another CAATE-accredited athletic training education program must show verification of proficiencies met and clinical experiences satisfied if they wish to ( eliminate ) waive some of the requirements in the clinical education component of the AT program. Students need to realize that the AT major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford may not parallel their original school's clinical education structure. Therefore, one year of clinical education at their original school may not transfer in as one year of clinical education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
    6. Students transferring (following admission into) from another CAATE-accredited athletic training education program must take the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford AT semester- end competency examinations to show their proficiency in AT skills if they wish to eliminate (waive) a clinical education course or courses. In order to be eligible to test out of a clinical course students must show proof of successful completion of the experience requirement and proficiencies assigned to this course. Proof typically entails the syllabus and a letter from the (original) Program Director of the program transferred from, verifying the proficiencies that have been satisfied.
    7. Didactic course work will be waived based on content taught in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford AT courses. It is the responsibility of the student to show prior course content completed. A course syllabus is typically the best means of comparing Pitt-Bradford and other institution courses. Transfer students are held to the same retention criteria as Pitt-Bradford students. Grades in AT major courses must be C- or better.
    8. Transfer applications are reviewed by the AT program director for completeness and to determine the most appropriate level for this student in the Pitt-Bradford ATP major.

      Admission is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.  


    Degree Requirements

    Students may earn a bachelor of science degree in athletic training by completing the following requirements:

    Total credits required for the major: 79

    Students must receive a C- or better in all above core courses.

    General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Recommended general education courses and electives:

    Additional Information:

    Athletic Training Guidelines and Requirements:

    1. Formally be admitted into the athletic training program.
    2. Complete 950 hours of clinical rotation.
    3. Provide immunization records and be current with all required immunizations each year.
    4. Have a physical exam completed by a physician each year, and have proof of current medical insurance.
    5. Complete annual  blood-borne pathogen and  HIPAA workshop.
    6. Students may participate in no more than one intercollegiate sport per academic year.
    7. Pay the lab fee to cover liability insurance costs each semester (automatically charged to students' accounts).
    8. Be compliant with the program's technical standards.
    9. Transportation to external professional experience sites may be necessary and is the responsibility of the student.
    10. Adhere to the profession's code of ethics, and the AT program policies and procedures.
    11. Satisfy all requirements for graduation.
    12. Earn a minimum grade of C- in each of the program's required core courses.
    13. Successfully complete the clinical sequence of courses.
    14. Successfully complete all the clinical proficiencies for each of the clinical courses with an 80 percent or better.
    15. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 in the major and a 2.75 overall.
    16. Must have current FBI fingerprints and certified background check.
    17. Must be a current student member of the NATA in good standing during the senior year.
    18. Students are required to purchase an ATS name badge that must be worn at the clinical sites.

    Additional AT Program Costs:

    1. Required uniform $100
    2. Required criminal background clearances $50 (approximate) for off-campus high school clinical rotations
    3. ATS student liability insurance annual fee $12 (automatically posted to students' accounts)
    4. Transportation to off-campus clinical rotations (transportation costs depend on the distance to the off-campus clinical rotation site)
    5. Average laboratory fees per year $65
    6. NATA Membership Annual Dues (mandatory senior year) $45 (new member) $85 (renewal).
    7. Students are required to purchase an ATS name badge that must be worn at the clinical sites at a cost of $7.
    8. ACES workshop attendance (mandatory senior year) $195.
    9. CPR AED, 1st aid certification fee, $24.


    Honeck Jason

    Mr. Jason Honeck

    Program Director of Athletic Training, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training


    164 Sports and Fitness Center

    Graham, Douglas

     Douglas Graham

    Instructor of Athletic Training/Clinical Coordinator


    163 Sport & Fitness Center

    Owens, Jill

    Dr. Jill Owens

    Team Physician/Affiliate Faculty


    Bradford Family Medicine 14 North 3rd Street Bradford, PA 16701

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA
    • Athletic Trainer at S.U.N.Y Cortlant, Cortland, NY
    Graduate School:
    • Master of Exercise Science program at California University of Pennsylvania 
    • Master of Exercise Science program at Eastern Michigan University