Athletic Training

Duquesne University's strong liberal arts tradition and excellence in Health Sciences serves as the foundation for our dynamic Athletic Training Program curriculum.  Our curriculum is designed to provide our students with a comprehensive Athletic Training experience, rooted in the basic sciences and health sciences.  Our aim is to educate and train students to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care.  For 30 years, we have been providing our students with a high quality educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking and decision making, and preparing them for the ever changing healthcare market.


Students enrolled in our accelerated Master's degree program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BSHS) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) in five years.  During the Pre-Professional Phase (Years 1-3) students will be immersed in a comprehensive health and exercise science curriculum, which will set the foundation for the Professional Phase (Years 4-5).  The Professional Phase coursework will focus exclusively on athletic training and will provide students with rich learning experiences both in the classroom and clinically.  Graduates of our program are prepared to practice as certified athletic trainers, which involves providing healthcare to physically active individuals in a range of practice setting.

Program Highlights

  • Nationally-acclaimed program devoted to preparing clinicians to deliver person-centered care
  • Direct admission into the Athletic Training major as a freshman
  • Four full-time faculty with clinical expertise and speciality areas
  • Curricular areas of distinction in orthopedic injury management, manual therapy, concussion & spine injury care, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice 
  • Strong science-based curriculum including cadaver anatomy with dissection
  • An extensive network of clinical education placement sites and preceptors
  • 100% overall Board of Certification exam passing rates and placement of our program graduates 
  • Dedicated learning community located in the the vibrant city of Pittsburgh
  • Faculty committed to developing competent and confident athletic training professionals prepared to engage in clinical reasoning and provide optimal care.        


Program Information

Duquesne University Athletic Training program combines classroom instruction, clinical experiences, and faculty support for future certified athletic trainers.

Program Type



Bachelor's, Master's



Required Credit Hours

97 credits Pre-Professional Phase / 66 credits Professional Phase

Program Philosophy

Athletic Training student performing shoulder rehabilitation exercises

Athletic Training students are presented with a high quality liberal arts education, a comprehensive health and exercise science foundation, as well as opportunities to obtain a superior education in both the clinical and didactic components of the Athletic Training Program.  It is our philosophy that students are to be given every opportunity to reach their full potentials as students, individuals, and healthcare professionals, and that at all times, students and faculty are required to strive to maximize those potentials.  We demand excellence, expect excellence, and are never satisfied to accept the status quo. The Athletic Training Program also firmly believes in evidence-based practice and encourages all members of the Program in their development, advancement, and dissemination of research and scholarship that underpins the practice of medicine, Athletic Training, and other health sciences.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

The Department of Athletic Training is committed to engaging in contemporary practices to promote and advance whole-person healthcare both locally and globally.

Athletic Training student taping an ankle

The Department of Athletic Training is committed to providing a person-centered education that empowers students to make evidence informed decisions and engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

Athletic Training student performing shoulder rehabilitation using manual therapy

As a Department we aim to:

  1. Develop competent and confident athletic trainers
  2. Foster the development of clinical decision making and critical thinking when dealing with all aspects of patient-centered care
  3. Promote the importance of research through the engagement and application of evidence in clinical practice
  4. Provide students with opportunities to learn from, with, and about other healthcare professions as they relate to patient care
  5. Prepare students to understand, integrate, and apply knowledge related to the delivery of global healthcare

Comprehensive Curriculum

Football facemask removal during simulated emergency

Pre-Professional Phase

The Pre-Professional Phase (Years 1-3) of the curriculum provides students with a strong liberal arts & science foundation, and a Health Sciences experience that will provide them with the knowledge and skills required to be successful during the Professional Phase.

Athletic training student performing ultrasound treatment on a patient

Professional Phase

The Professional Phase (Years 4-5) provides students with a rigorous and stimulating academic experience, designed to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers. Through a combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical education experiences, students gain the knowledge and skills to be highly competent, patient-centered healthcare providers.

Student taping an ankle

Clinical Education

Students will engage in a series of clinical education experiences across their two years in the Professional Phase.  These experiences, which will include 2 immersive experiences, are designed to provide students with numerous opportunities to further develop, refine, and apply their knowledge and skills in a clinical environment.

Accreditation & Student Outcomes

Duquesne University's Athletic Training Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program was granted continuing accreditation in 2017 and will undergo its next comprehensive review in the 2026-2027 academic year.  The program applied for and was granted approval by the CAATE to change the level of its degree to a Master's degree in 2021.

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To submit a complaint to the CAATE use the following link

Board of Certification Results

Our Athletic Training students have historically achieved tremendous success on the national board exam.  Duquesne's Three-Year (2020-2022) Aggregate First Time Passing Rate is 92% and the Three-Year Overall Passing Rate is 100%.  Follow this link for additional information related to BOC passing rates, graduation rate, placement rates, and program retention.

Program Graduates Program Graduates Taking the BOC Exam Program Graduates Passing the BOC Exam the First Time First Time Passing Rate for the BOC Exam Program Graduates Passing Overall Overall Passing Rate for BOC Exam
Class of 2022 7 7 7 100% 7 100%
Class of 2021 8 8 6 75% 8 100%
Class of 2020 4 4 4 100% 4 100%
Class of 2019 10 10 10 100% 10 100%

The Program's Overall Passing rate is 98.8%, which represents the percentage of students over the 30 year history of the program that successfully passed the BOC Examination (346/351 students).