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"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


Athletic Training at MCLA

CAATEThe Athletic Training Program is accredited by the CAATE. The Athletic  Training Program prepares students to become certified athletic trainers (ATC); upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the BOC exam. Click here to view the BOC exam results.

Graduates from the program may be employed in diverse settings, such as colleges and universities, schools, professional sports, industrial and corporate settings, physician offices and hospitals, performing arts, and the allied health sector.

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. See our admission requirements.

As well as preparing you to be a certified athletic trainer, you'll 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'll 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 student athletes and the MCLA Dance Company, the program takes advantage of a wide range of local clinical sites such as Mount Anthony Union High School*, Williamstown Physical Therapy, Williams College, Southern Vermont College, and North Adams Regional Hospital.

Requirements (pg. 33)Athletic trainer program

Sample Four Year Plan

Program Information 

Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs

Faculty & Preceptors

Clinical Education & Careers

Peter Hoyt, Director of Athletic Training Education and Assistant Professor

*Requires CORI check to work with minors, no additional cost to the student.