The combined B.S. Natural Science/M.S. Athletic Training, dual degree program will prepare students who possess a strong interest in science for careers as healthcare professionals within the field of Athletic Training. The program has been designed as a five-year seamless pathway in which students will earn a B.S. degree in Natural Science with a Health Science specialization upon completion of four years of study (138 credits), followed by an M.S. degree in Athletic Training upon completion of a fifth year of study (37 additional credits); for a total of 175 credits.
The first three years of the program students complete courses to fulfill the Natural Science major and prerequisites for the Athletic Training Program.
Once accepted into the Athletic Training Program, students complete 2 years of study in the Athletic Training Program (MSAT). The Athletic Training coursework includes but is not limited to the following: anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, nutrition, pharmacology, professional development, healthcare administration, prevention and care of athletic injuries, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, and assessment and evaluation.
- Athletic training graduates have achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the BOC Certification Exam, a rate that significantly surpasses the national average of 82.7%.
- We encourage our AT students to become dual credentialed with strength and conditioning certifications. Currently, 9 of our graduates are dual credentialed ATC/CSCS.
- Clinical education opportunities in a variety of settings, including Division I football, high school, professional sports, and physician offices. Also, students have several opportunities to perform research.
- Daemen College is at the forefront in offering an MSAT Program since 2012. As of 2022 all AT Programs will transition to Masters Degrees.
- Collaboration between Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Nursing faculty allow students to learn from the experts in each department.
Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). READ MORE
Caleb Earl was selected as a recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Inc. Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Paul Grace Scholarship Award. The $3,000 scholarship award and a plaque will be presented to him at the Annual Awards Banquet in Philadelphia. Kaitlyn Gustafson was selected as a recipient of the NYSATA iLead Scholarship. Gustafson will receive funding up to $1,500 to attend the NATA iLead Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Rebecca Delahunty was selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 PBATS inaugural Paul DeMartinis Scholarship. Delahunty will receive up to $2,000.
- In 2014, the AT Program was awarded second place in the New York State Athletic Trainers Association ATEP Video Contest for National Athletic Training Month.
- In 2013, a Daemen College AT student was selected to represent New York State at the National Athletic Training Student Leadership (iLead) conference held in Texas.Daemen College AT student was selected to represent New York State at the National Athletic Training Student Leadership (iLead) conference held in Texas.
- In 2013, a Daemen College AT student was awarded the PFATS-NFL Charities Minority Scholarship, which allowed him to experience the Minnesota Vikings summer training camp.Daemen College AT student was awarded the PFATS-NFL Charities Minority Scholarship, which allowed him to experience the Minnesota Vikings summer training camp.
Applicant Instructions for BS/MS Students
All BS/MS students applying for admission to the Athletic Training Program must submit the following documents by February 15 to:
Dr. Nicole Chimera
Director of the Athletic Training Program, Daemen College
Mail Box 137
4380 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
Required Application Documents
- A completed application form (DOC). Note: ALL overall and prerequisite GPAs will be updated by registrar and reported to the Athletic Training Program at the conclusion of the spring semester. Please indicate current overall GPA if known.
- Daemen AT Student Observation Record Form (XLS) verifying that the Athletic Training student has obtained 50 hours of Athletic Training exposure under the supervision of a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, 15 of these hours in the Daemen College Athletic Training Room. Students must submit verification of Blood Borne Pathogen training prior to starting observation hours in the Daemen College Athletic Training Room.
- Two completed character reference forms. One must be completed by a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer.
- A biographical sketch (brief narrative describing your goal/philosophy related to personal, academic, professional development, interest in athletic training, and/or relative background in another allied health profession).
- Read the Technical Standards and submit the signed Technical Standards Verification Form (DOC).
- Copy of current CPR/AED and First Aid cards.
The Athletic Training Program faculty encourages students needing assistance to seek help from their assigned Academic Advisor or Athletic Training Program faculty at Daemen College.
Once an application has been reviewed by the Athletic Training Program admission committee, selected students will be invited for an interview. Students will be notified via email or letter with an invitation for an interview. Interviews typically take place by the beginning of March.
Acceptance letters will typically be mailed the first week of April.
Upon admission to the Athletic Training Program, students will attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of or during summer courses which will include the following:
- Students will receive an introduction to the Athletic Training Program faculty
- Portions of the Athletic Training Program student handbook will be reviewed
- Information will be conveyed regarding:
- Athletic Training Program Mission, Goals, and Expected Program Outcomes
- Expectations of the Athletic Training Program
- Academic Standards and Policies
- Professional Standards and Expectations
- Comprehensive Examination
- Clinical Education Experience including; Assignment, Physical Examination, Immunizations, Health Insurance
- Athletic Training Student Association
- Malpractice/Professional Liability Insurance
- Departmental Communication
I have been given the opportunity to work with the US Men’s Soccer program providing athletic training coverage for camps and tournaments across the country and the world. READ MORE