Seton Hall University offers an accelerated dual-degree program leading to a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S. in Biology, or B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) Degree. This five-year program offers students an opportunity to study in a traditional liberal arts environment, as well as in a major healthcare environment.
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ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINING PROFESSION
Athletic trainers play an integral role in sports healthcare. Through extensive preparation in both academic and practical experience, the athletic trainer provides athletes with services and education for injury prevention, evaluation of athletic trauma, immediate care and rehabilitation. The athletic trainer is a specialized member of the sports medicine team and works closely with the attending and/or consulting physicians. Athletic trainers may work in a variety of settings, including secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports teams and industrial settings. The American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as a health profession.
A Seton Hall graduate talks about why she became an Athletic Trainer and how the Seton Hall Athletic Training degree program prepared her for a successful career as a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Admission to the dual-degree program in Athletic Training is open to applicants who successfully complete a high school college-preparatory curriculum, including courses in the social sciences, biology, mathematics, physics, English, a foreign language and chemistry. SAT scores are required of all applicants. International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.
Applicants are encouraged to volunteer or work under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer in an athletic setting or other healthcare setting to strengthen interpersonal skills and develop an understanding of the needs and capabilities of patients and the role of the athletic trainer.
The dual-degree program in Athletic Training is unique because it accepts students for enrollment in the entire program. Students who maintain the preferred overall GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate, successfully complete the requirements for the undergraduate program, and meet the essential functions* of the M.S.A.T. program, are guaranteed admission into the professional phase of the program. Due to a limit on the number of athletic training students in each entering freshman class, admission into the program is highly selective.
All applicants are required to observe 50 hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in an athletic or other healthcare setting. The observational experience can be completed anytime prior to entering the professional phase of the program. For the curriculum, visit our web site at: artsci.shu.edu/biology/at.htm. Also required is a current certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescurer.
B.S. in Biology
All students choosing Option I must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.S. degree in biology, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study to complete the program within the five-year time frame.
B.A. in Biology
All students choosing Option II must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.A. degree in biology, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study to complete the program within the five-year time frame.
B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences
All students choosing Option III must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.A. degree in social and behavioral sciences, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. You can choose psychology or sociology as an area of concentration in your undergraduate program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study in order to complete the program within the five-year time frame.
For questions about the B.A. and B.S. curricula in biology, contact:
Dr. Gerald Ruscingno
Program Director for Biology Dual-Degree Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
Web: Department of Biological Sciences
For questions about the B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBS) curriculum, contact:
Dr. Mark Horowitz
Adviser for SOBS Programs in Athletic Training and Occupational Therapy
College of Arts and Sciences
Web: B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences
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