Pre-Professional Phase

The Pre-Professional Phase for the undergraduate program (BSAT) provides students with the strong basic science foundation and basic Athletic Training knowledge and skills during their first two years in the program.  Completion of this coursework provides students with the knowledge and skills required to be successful during the Professional Phase along with a well-rounded liberal arts framework from which to pursue the remainder of their professional development.

During the Pre-Professional Phase, students complete coursework in the following areas:

  • Comprehensive liberal arts courses - including the University Core
  • Basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physic, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Three introductory Athletic Training courses (includes clinical observations experiences)

Throughout the Pre-Professional phase, students have opportunities to become professionally active through DUSAT (Duquesne University Students in Athletic Training) and to learn more about the profession of Athletic Training through our mentoring program.

If all academic and programmatic requirements are satisfied by the end of the sophomore year, students are permitted to continue on into the Professional Phase of the program.  The requirements include:

  • 2.75 overall QPA
  • "B" grade or better in the two introductory Athletic Training courses and passing grades in the associated laboratory courses
  • No grade below a "C" in any required course
  • Completion of a physical examination and review of immunizations by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner
  • Completion of the Technical Standards/Performance Indicators
  • Completed OSHA and HIPAA training
  • Child Abuse, Criminal Record Check, and FBI Clearance
  • Availability of transportation for at least four of the five clinical experiences

Technical Standards

To assure the health and safety of the Athletic Training students and patients with whom they work, all students (freshman, transfer, and continuing) are required to meet the Technical Standards/Performance Indicators to ensure that they have sufficient abilities to meet the rigorous work expectations of a student studying Athletic Training.

All students are required to have a complete physical exam and demonstrate appropriate immunizations before beginning their first clinical experience.  

The requirements for this physical exam are also explained during the pre-professional student body meetings and are available to students in the RSHS Academic Student Handbook, which all students receive.