"Some highlights for the athletic training program are the excellent professors that teach us and the clinical experience we have to do. Completing 1,000 hours is a lot of extra time and work, but it has taught me so much valuable information and skills that I can take into my career. This has been such a great experience for me over the last four years." - Caitlin Culver '12
Alumni Rodd Lanoue, Director of Sports Medicine at Williams College speaks about his experiences at MCLA.
Athletic Training at MCLA
The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Athletic Training Program prepares students to become Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC); upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Click here to view MCLA's BOC exam results.
Graduates from the program may be employed in diverse settings, such as colleges and universities, secondary schools, professional sports, industrial and corporate settings, physician offices and hospitals, performing arts, and the allied health sector.
Athletic Training Program Mission
The mission of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts undergraduate Athletic Training Program integrates both liberal arts and professional studies to provide a comprehensive and challenging education program designed to prepare students for a career in the profession of athletic training. The Athletic Training Program emphasizes clinical experience with diverse settings and populations, with professionalism and ethical considerations. The combined educational and clinical experiences will prepare students for successful completion of the Board of Certification examination.
Why MCLA is Different
The Department of Biology offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The Athletic Training major integrates both liberal arts and professional studies to provide a comprehensive and challenging education program that prepares you for a career in athletic training.
As well as preparing you to be a certified athletic trainer, you will also gain the knowledge and experience to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). You will also be eligible for a Health Fitness Instructor certification and an Exercise Specialist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
You receive instruction in athletic training specific course work through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. Completion of 1,000 hours of clinical experience is required for graduation. In addition to working with MCLA's Dance Company, the program takes advantage of a wide range of local clinical sites such as Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, Mount Anthony Union High School*, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute^, Williamstown Physical Therapy, Williams College, and Southern Vermont College.
^Requires background check, no additional cost to the student.
*Requires CORI check to work with minors, no additional cost to the student.