Athletic Training Bachelor of Science

Championing active lifestyles.

Anchored in the Mercyhurst tradition of excellence, the Athletic Training Department is always looking for ways to refine their craft so students receive the best and most cutting-edge experience. Athletic Training combines science-based knowledge with contemporary evidence-based practices to train majors to treat the physically active population. From athletes to military personnel to the weekend warrior, athletic trainers learn how to help the physically active get back on their feet following an illness, injury or surgery. Through our decades of educating aspiring future professionals, we have come to understand that it is not the initials after a name that define the work, but rather the impact a person will make. Between hours of hands-on clinical experiences, classroom learning with state-of-the-art equipment, and faculty dedicated to whole-person discovery and development, our graduates leave with the most fulfilling education experience and the skills to lead a successful professional life.


Our graduates lead successful careers as professors, orthopedic surgeons, program managers for sports medicine companies, and clinical athletic trainers.


An in-demand field, the athletic training profession is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


An AT major is flexible, offering opportunities for students to double major or minor in a wide array of fields like Public Health, Exercise Science or Psychology to increase their professional development.


The senior capstone experience allows students to focus their field of study through internships with local minor league sports teams, major sports affiliates, ESPN and other professional settings.


We asked our students to tell us in five words or less what they love about studying athletic training.
Embrace who you are and what you do.
Skylar Snyder '17
Get the clinical experience you deserve.
Brooke Dicks '18


Sports Medicine


ATR 200 Clinical Education I Lab
The first of four clinical education courses, in this course you’ll develop clinical skills and proficiencies in relationship to day-to-day athletic training.

ATR 267 Therapeutic Modalities
This evidence-based course consists of classroom and clinical practice stressing the proper use of therapeutic modalities, such as superficial agents, therapeutic ultrasound and manual muscle therapy, in aiding injuries and illnesses common to the physically active population.

ATR 362 Therapeutic Exercise
Explore the topics and issues surrounding injury rehabilitation programs for specific injuries, including goals of therapeutic exercise, range of motion techniques, stretching techniques, resistance exercises and peripheral joint mobilization.



In recognition of one of Mercyhurst’s core values, AT students can participate in the department’s yearly medical mission trip to Valladolid, Mexico, to observe and work with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists in a culturally immersive setting.


Our students receive placement in a variety of settings for a robust patient population experience, including high schools, D1 men's and women's hockey, D2 intercollegiate athletics, PT/OT clinics, VA hospitals, ambulance ride-alongs and pediatrics.


Our graduates have found rewarding careers within the AT profession and beyond. AT alumni include a professor/researcher on pediatric concussions and orthopedic injuries, an orthopedic surgeon, a clinical athletic trainer, and the Duke University assistant director of athletic rehabilitation.

Meet the Faculty

Bradley Jacobson, MA, ATC
Department Chair, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Occupational Therapy
Greg Coppola, DO
Adjunct Faculty, Medical Education Director
Robert Chetlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sports Medicine
Scott Michel, MA, ATC
Instructor of Athletic Training
Suzanne Gushie, MA, ATC
Athletic Training Education Program Director, Assistant Professor
Timothy Harvey, MS, ATC
Coordinator of Health/Fitness Promotion Concentration, Instructor

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