"I fell in love with the athletic training and coaching programs.
I'm working with the basketball team on strength and conditioning with
Professor Peter Hoyt, who is also my advisor. Opportunities such as
this enable me to apply the concepts we learn in the classroom." Larissa Miner '10
Athletic Training at MCLA
When you combine athletic training with a liberal arts degree, you gain athletic training experience both within the college's intercollegiate athletic program and at off campus sites. Graduates from the program may be employed in diverse settings, such as colleges and universities, schools, professional sports, industrial and corporate settings, physician's offices and hospitals, performing arts, and the allied health sector. The Athletic Training Education program has applied for CAATE accreditation and is currently under review.
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.
You'll 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), as well as many other personal trainer/fitness professional certifications through several professional associations.
You receive instruction in athletic training specific course work through classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. Completion of 1000 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*, North Adams Physical Therapy, Williamstown Physical
Therapy, Williams College, Southern Vermont College, and North Adams Regional Hospital.
Peter Hoyt, Director of Athletic Training Education and Assistant Professor
*Requires CORI check to work with minors, no additional cost to the student.