NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University announced a new master’s degree in Athletic Training beginning fall 2019, at which point the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program will serve as an on-ramp to the master’s degree in a five-year program.

Starting in fall 2019, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program will begin the transition to an accelerated master’s in Athletic Training program, allowing students to earn their bachelor’s of Health Sciences and master’s in Athletic training in five years in a “3+2” program. Students will begin graduate-level coursework in their fourth year, then continue through the summer and fifth year. The first master’s class is expected to complete their degrees in the spring of 2024.

This program is intended for anyone interested in entering the profession of athletic training. Norwich’s Health Sciences curriculum is designed to allow students to smoothly transition from their undergraduate degree into the master’s program, and do so while completing both in five years. However, the graduate program is open to external candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree consisting of the appropriate prerequisite courses.

“We are extremely excited about this new degree program” Athletic Training Program Director Greg Jancaitis said. “The timing of this transition process is perfect for us. Our educational standards are set to change in 2020, and this allowed us to design a completely new program focused on preparing students for the future of athletic training practice.”

The future of athletic training education and clinical practice will place an even greater emphasis on inter-professional collaboration, patient-centered care, healthcare informatics, and quality improvement.

The Athletic Training program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since 2005, and the CAATE has recently required that all programs that prepare students to sit for the national certification exam transition to master’s degree programs.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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