Athletic Training Degree Programs

Duquesne University's strong liberal arts tradition serves as the framework from which our Athletic Training Program curriculum emerges.

Our curriculum is designed to provide our students with a comprehensive Athletic Training experience, rooted in a strong basic science and liberal arts foundation. Our aim is to educate and train students to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care. In order to achieve this outcome, we provide our students with a high quality educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking.

The Athletic Training curriculum is divided into two phases, the Pre-Professional Phase and the Professional Phase. The Pre-Professional Phase consists of the first three years, while the Professional Phase is made up by the fourth and fifth year.

Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) in five years.

                           Applying ultrasound to a patient's knee

By the completion of the curriculum students will be clinically proficient in the following areas:

  • Evidence based practice and principles
  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Pathology of injuries & illnesses
  • Orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Medical conditions and disabilities
  • Acute care of injuries and illnesses
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Conditioning and rehabilitative exercise
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses
  • Organization and administration
  • Professional Development 

As part of the curriculum, students will complete a series of clinical education experiences, providing them with numerous opportunities to further develop, refine and apply their knowledges and skills in a clinical environment under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor.

Upon completion of the degree program, graduates of Duquesne's Athletic Training program are eligible to sit for the national examination for athletic trainers (BOC).

Department of Athletic Training Policy & Procedure Handbook
2020-2021 Policy & Procedure Handbook