"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
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
The program was placed on probation due to standard 11, a passing rate lower than 70% as required by the CAATE. In February of 2016, the decision for probation by the CAATE was based upon the three year aggregate pass rate in which four (4) out of six (6) students passed the BOC exam (67%). As of September 2016 the current three-year aggregate first-time pass rate is 75% and overall pass rate is 100%. The program will be re-evaluated by the CAATE regarding probation status in February 2017. Click here to view BOC exam results.
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.
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.