Quick Facts

What is Athletic Training?
  • It’s medicine; combining strong science based knowledge with the most current evidence-based practices to treat the physically active population
  • It’s the human body; exploring the physicality of human experience
  • It’s working in emergency situations; providing critical, life saving care
  • It’s getting the physically active back in the game; whether its athletics, the military, performing arts, the industrial setting, or a weekend warrior, it’s getting people back on their feet doing what they love following injuries, illness and after surgery.
  • It’s working as a team; being part of the allied health community under the guidance of physicians, and alongside physical therapists, chiropractors and all members of the medical profession
  • A career in athletic training lets you fuel your passion for helping people with a variety of roles in a wide variety of work settings.

Did you know?
Recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied healthcare profession, athletic training offers healthy career prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for athletic trainers are expected to grow faster than average: 24 percent in the next 10 years.
US News & World Report ranked athletic training as one of the 50 Best Careers of 2012 with strong growth projected over the next decade.

Why choose Mercyhurst to start your career in athletic training?

Strong Academics
  • CAATE Accreditation through 2020 
  • Small class sizes (average of 12 students per class)
  • No cap on number of students
  • Personal one-on-one attention from faculty and staff
  • Students can complete a minor in pre-physical therapy or exercise science
  • Students can dual-major in pre-medicine
  • Evidenced-based theories throughout the curriculum and first-hand research experience with baccalaureate research project

Intense Clinical Exposure
  • Clinical observation freshman year!
  • Hands-on clinical assignments begin in Sophomore year
  • 15 affiliated clinical settings
  • Senior capstone experience