Athletic Training

                                                       CONGRATULATIONS                                                             to all of the 2014 graduates on passing the BOC exam on the first attempt! 

SAVE the DATE: Athletic Training Camp July 21-25, 2014 for high school students interested in athletic training...keep checking the website for updates

The Daemen College Entry Level Master of Science (ELMS) in Athletic Training program is

  • 1 out of 27 ELMS programs in the nation
  • 1 out of 6 ELMS programs in the Northeast 
  • 1 out of 2 ELMS programs in New York
  • The only ELMS program in Western New York


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Students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training have two program options:

3 + 2 year BS/MS in Athletic Training Program

This program is a seamless 5 year construct in which students earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Studies and a Master of Science in Athletic Training. The first three years of this program students complete courses to fulfill the Health Care Studies/Health and Fitness Training major and prerequisites for the professional phase of the Athletic Training program.  Once accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training program, students complete 2 years of study in athletic training professional phase courses plus one summer of courses.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Studies provides athletic training students with a broad education that encompasses community health and disease prevention, health care systems, fitness training, strength and conditioning, and cardiopulmonary assessment.

2 year MS in Athletic Training Program

This direct entry program is designed for students with an earned baccalaureate degree. The program involves 2 years of study in athletic training courses plus one summer of courses which include Gross Anatomy, Introduction to Emergency Athletic Care, and Current Concepts in Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment & Training.

Daemen College houses 5 programs that prepare students to work directly in health care related professions: Physician Assistant (MS), Physical Therapy (DPT), Nursing (BS,MS, DNP) Health Care Studies (BS), and Social Work (BA).  Athletic Training students will benefit from being housed with these programs.  Unlike some athletic training programs, students at Daemen College complete a Gross Anatomy course which includes Cadaver dissection thus providing students with a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their education.  Our students have the benefit of utilizing the resources available to these other programs. 

Daemen College Athletic Training students complete clinical experiences at numerous clinical sites including College, University, High School, Professional Sports, and Physician Offices.  These experiences provide students with the opportunity for practical application of learned skills and knowledge ensuring that each student is equipped for taking the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and for future employment. 

Why Daemen College Athletic Training? 

  • Daemen College Athletic Training graduates are employed. Daemen College graduates work for Excelsior Orthopaedics, Alfred State College, Houghton College, Keuka College, Catholic Health, Catholic Health/Medaille College, Building Blocks Fitness and Northeast Orthotics.
  • Sean Burfeind, 2013 graduate, accepted a Physician Extender residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, ID
  • Lauren Duft, 2013 graduate, was selected to represent New York State at the National Athletic Training Student Leadership (iLead) conference held in Texas.
  • Jamal Cort, anticipated graduation 2014, was awarded the PFATS-NFL Charities Minority Scholarship and he will be working at the Minnesota Vikings summer training camp.
  • 2 Daemen College Athletic Training students; Sean McGuire and Megan Hendel completed clinical education experiences with the NFL Buffalo Bills.  Ryan Bohn will complete a clinical education experience with the Buffalo Bills this fall 2013 NFL season.
  • We encourage our students to become dual credentialed with strength and conditioning certifications and performance enhancement specialties. Currently, three of our 2013 graduates have obtained those certifications.
  • There are over 350 Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)accredited Athletic Training programs in the country (bachelors and entry-level masters). The CAATE is investigating the elimination of bachelor degree athletic training programs.  The Daemen College Entry Level Masters Athletic Training program is well positioned for the future of Athletic Training education. 

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. 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. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

The athletic trainer is an integral part of the sports medicine team who works with other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems.  Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession, and the AMA recommends athletic trainers in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy.

Athletic Trainers are employed in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, military, and in the industrial and commercial settings.

Job Outlook

Employment of Athletic Trainers is projected to grow 37% from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information go to:

Daemen Athletic Training students at the Buffalo Bills locker room

On Friday 5/6/11, Daemen Athletic Training students toured The Buffalo Bill's Athletic Training Room and Field House.  The students had the opportunity to meet with The Bill's Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training staff. The tour was lead by The Bill's Athletic Trainer, Shone Gipson, pictured on the bottom right

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