Bachelor of Science in Health Care Studies/Master of Science in Athletic Training

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

BS, Health Care Studies, Health & Fitness Specialization


    • MAJOR: 53 credits:

      • Biology:
        • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1) 
      • NOTE: BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1) is also required as part of the required studies in the Core (see Section II).
      • Chemistry: Select one:

        • CHE101/L General Chemistry (3/1) -- CT for lecture only
        • CHE110/L Chemistry I (4/0)
        • NOTE: Students selecting CHE110/L will also need to complete CHE111/L Chemistry II as part of the free electives.
      • ATH300/L Applied Physics for the Assessment of Human Movement and Therapeutic Agents (3/1)
      • ATH500/L Introduction to Emergency Athletic Care (3/0)
      • ATH509/L Gross Anatomy (6/0)
      • ATH510/L/511/L Pathology and Clinical Examination I/II (4/0; 4/0)
      • ATH512 Neuroscience (2)
      • ATH580 Research Methods (3) - ILIT; RP; WI 
      • ATH590 Athletic Training: Practical Application I (3)
      • Select one

        • EDU203 Learning Theory (3)
        • HCS310 Health Promotion & Education (3) - CT
      • HCS102 Introduction to Health Care: Systems and Professions (3) - CT
      • HCS320 Community Health Education & Disease Prevention (3) - CT
      • HSM210 Introduction to Health Systems Management (3)
      • Select one

        • HSC229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3)
        • HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3)
        • PSY229 Health Psychology (3) - CT
    • SPECIALIZATION: 32 credits:

      • Anatomy & Physiology:
        • BIO330/L General Anatomy (4/0)
        • BIO340/L General Physiology (4/0)
      • ATH101 Introduction to Athletic Training (1)
      • ATH201 Seminar in Athletic Training (2)
      • BIO117 Human Nutrition (3)
      • HCS200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2)
      • HCS301/L Physiology of Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Assessment (3/0)
      • HCS317/L Human Motion: Principles & Perspectives (4/0)
      • HCS332/L Current Concepts in Strength & Conditioning (3/0)
      • HCS340/L Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment (3/0)
      • HCS350/L Fitness Training & Exercise Prescription (3/0)
  2. CORE: 45 credits:

    • BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1) - CT
    • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
    • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3) - CS; ILIT; UD; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
    • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3) - CT; QL
    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) - CI
    • 3 credits in any Service Learning course or SL Add-On course(s) - SL
    • Core Electives: 23 credits
  3. FREE ELECTIVES: 4 credits:

    Courses offered by the Health Care Studies Department, as well as any other Daemen course offerings selected in consultation with one's advisor, are acceptable. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency.

MS, Athletic Training: 37 credits

  • ATH501/L Foundations of Athletic Training I (2/0)
  • ATH502 Foundations of Athletic Training II (2) 
  • ATH520/L Therapeutic Agents (4/0)
  • ATH521 Pharmacology in Sports Medicine (2)
  • ATH522 General Medical Conditions (3)
  • ATH523/L Therapeutic Intervention (4/0)
  • ATH524 Sports Nutrition (2)
  • ATH525 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3)
  • ATH530 Psychosocial Aspects in Athletic Training (3)
  • ATH581/582 Research Seminar I/II (1/2)
  • ATH592/593/594 Athletic Training: Practical Application II/III/IV (3/3/3)  



Program Structure

Degrees are conferred separately for this BS/MS program. No MS will be conferred without completion in full of the complete BS/MS curriculum.

Freshmen Admission Criteria

  1. Students admitted as freshmen as HCS.HFT/AT majors will be guaranteed admission into Athletic Training Program upon meeting the requirements for progression.
  2. All students must complete all the requirements for a baccalaureate degree by the end of the first year (year four) of the Athletic Training Program.
  3. Minimum Freshmen Admission Criteria include: High School average of 85 and SAT score of  950 and/or ACT score of 21.
  4. Students wishing to pursue Athletic Training, but not meeting the freshmen criteria for admission into the designated HCS.HFT/AT major may apply for admission into the Health Care Studies Program (upon meeting entry requirements for that degree program) and may then be re-evaluated for Athletic Training upon fulfilling entry requirements.
  5. Admittance into the Athletic Training Program is a competitive process.  All who apply for the Athletic Training Program may not be admitted.

Transfer Student Admission Criteria

  1. Selection process for transfer student admission to the Athletic Training Program is based on space availability, level of performance in meeting the prerequisite coursework requirements (grades/GPA) and number of credits completed at Daemen College.
  2. Students may enter the Athletic Training Program at any point as pre-Athletic Training Program students (years 1, 2, or 3). Transfer students will be accepted as HCS.HFT/AT majors based on previous academic performance and space availability. Transfer students will complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in the Health Care Studies program and upon fulfillment of requirements (see below) may apply for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
  3. Minimum Admission Criteria for the HCS.HFT/AT major include:  2.75 overall GPA and 2.75 prerequisite GPA in previous college course credits to be transferred. If a student transfers in fewer than 24 credits, high school requirements will be used to determine eligibility (see high school requirements above).
  4. Students wishing to pursue Athletic Training, but not meeting the criteria for admission into the HCS.HFT/AT major pool, will not be guaranteed progression to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program.
  5. For further detailed information regarding transfer applications, contact the Admissions Office.

Admission into the Athletic Training Program

Students apply to the Athletic Training Program in the Spring semester of Year 3. Students must complete the requirements stipulated below by the final day of the Spring semester classes prior to the start of the Athletic Training Program.

  1. Students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all courses required by the major.
  2. Students must possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the end of the pre-Athletic Training Program course work, and earn a letter grade of C or better in the following: CMP101, CMP315, MTH104, PSY103.
  3. Students must possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and earn a letter grade of C or better in the following prerequisite courses (lectures and labs): ATH300/L, BIO 109/L-110/L, BIO117, BIO330/L, BIO340/L, CHE101/L (or CHE110/L-111/L), HCS200, HCS301/L,HCS317/L, HCS332/L, HCS340/L, HCS350/L.
  4. Grades earned in courses transferred into Daemen will be included in the overall and prerequisite GPAs.
  5. A student who earns a grade below C in any science course taken at Daemen College must repeat that course at Daemen College.
  6. Students may repeat any required science course only once and may repeat no more than 3 required science courses. A maximum of 3 course repeats are allowed regardless of whether the course was repeated to elevate the grade above a C or simply to elevate the grade in order to elevate the GPA.


  • Consideration will be given to applicants with an overall and/or prerequisite GPA of 2.75 to 2.5 if the applicant demonstrates evidence to succeed as determined by the Athletic Training Department, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • evaluation of the applicant's last 60 credit hours
    • evaluation of the applicant's Athletic Training Program Admission interview
  • Conditional Acceptance may be considered if an applicant:
    • is in his/her final semester of a Bachelor degree program.
    • is in the process of completing prerequisite coursework or other requirements.
    • is deficient in no more than one (1) prerequisite course.  That course must be successfully completed by the start of his/her first fall semester of the Athletic Training program.


Other Requirements

  1. Students must submit an Athletic Training Program application.
  2. Students must submit documentation of at least 50 hours of athletic training clinical observation, 15 of which must be in the Daemen College Athletic Training Room.
  3. Students must submit two character references (one must be from a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer).
  4. Selected applicants (based on GPA, clinical observation hours, and references) will be invited for a personal interview.
  5. Students must submit a signed Technical Standards Verification form.
  6. If granted admittance, students must submit a Letter of Intent to progress to the Athletic Training Program.

Requirements for Continuance in the Program

Detailed information on policies relative to academic requirements to maintain good academic standing in the program is available from the Athletic Training Department and is also published in the Athletic Training Student Handbook

Graduation Requirements

BS portion of the Program (BS, Health Care Studies, Health & Fitness specialization):

  1. All students must have a minimum grade of C or better in all courses in the Health Care Studies portion of the curriculum. This includes all courses under the Major and the Specialization.
  2. All students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

MS portion of the Program (MS, Athletic Training):

  1. All students must satisfactorily complete all requirements as per the terms set forth by the Athletic Training Department.
  2. All students must complete a minimum of 800 clinical education experience hours.
  3. All students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.
  4. All students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all Athletic Training Program courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS/MS, Athletic Training from the Athletic Training Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar's web page.


Daemen College reserves the right to make changes to the Athletic Training curriculum, program entrance criteria, and/or program and graduation requirements. Detailed information on minimum grade requirements and other requirements for good academic standing in the Athletic Training Program is available from the Health Care Studies and Athletic Training departments. A minimum grade of C or "Pass" (for courses graded as Pass/Fail) in all courses is required in the Athletic Training Program. All enrolled students must meet all requirements if changed or amended by Daemen College.

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