School of Professional Studies

Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences

Athletic Training 3 + 2 Fast Track

Interested in becoming an Athletic Trainer?  

You can at WestConn! With our 3 + 2 fast track agreement with Central Connecticut State University, you can get your BS in Health Promotion Studies from WCSU and your MS in Athletic Training from CCSU in just 5 years!! 

Spend 3 years at WestConn in our Health Promotion Studies: Fitness and Wellness degree program. In May after your 3rd year, you can begin your Master’s degree program at Central Connecticut State University provided you have completed all the requirements to be accepted into the MSAT at CCSU! 

Your Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies will be conferred by WCSU. 

Your Master of Science in Athletic Training will be conferred by CCSU. 

For more information on courses and program track with the 3 +2, please contact Dr. Julie Perrelli (perrellij@wcsu.edu) 

 

What is an Athletic Trainer? (https://caate.net/becoming-an-athletic-trainer/ 

  • Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 
  • Courses from accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. 

How do I become and Athletic Trainer? 

  • Candidates must graduate with a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.  To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state.  Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination. Visit CAATE’s BOC exam and pass rate page for more information on the exam. You can also view the accredited programs’ graduates performance on the exam on their Program Outcomes page. 
  • For more details on what services a practicing athletic trainer provides, prospective students can visit this webpage: http://www.nata.org/athletic-training 

 

Where can I work once I become an Athletic Trainer? 

  • on the sidelines in college/university and high school sports settings  
  • with any professional sports team 
  • in some Physical Therapy clinics 
  • in some hospitals in any rehabilitation/clinic department 
  • in some Strength & Conditioning or sports performance training centers 
  • in some fitness centers 
  • in emerging settings such as OT, police/fire depts, military training sites, performing arts 

 

 

 

 

Visit CCSU for mor information on the MSAT curriculum: https://www.ccsu.edu/athletictraining/msat/admission/