5 Year Combined BS/MS in Exercise Science & Athletic Training
For students interested in earning a Master’s degree in Athletic Training, years one and two comprise the Candidacy Phase, and then students apply to be retained in the Professional Phase of the degree. By the end of the fifth year of study, students will have earned a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.S. in Athletic Training and will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
Please refer to the Academic Catalog for a current listing of course requirements and descriptions.
Follow this link to find a typical example of course sequencing from freshman year through the 5th year.
Master of Science in Athletic Training Graduation Requirements
- Completion of B.S. degree program in Exercise Science/Pre-Athletic Training from Adrian College with a concentration in Athletic Training from Adrian College.
- Completion of required courses as listed in the current Academic Catalog
- Completion of a thesis that includes a proposal, data collection, analysis, presentation of results, and defense.
Exercise Science Core (22 hours)
- ESPE 103 Foundations and Careers in ESPE and AT (2)
- ESPE 115 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)
- ESPE 201 Red Cross First Aid and Emergency Care (2)
- ESPE 225 Anatomy (3)
- ESPE 250 Human Physiology (3)
- ESPE 300 Kinesiology (3)
- ESPE 311 Exercise Physiology (3)
- ESPE 350 Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology (3)
NOTES: Students can waive ESPE201 if they show current CPR/AED for first Aid Certification. Please see Department Chair for the appropriate courses.
Exercise Science Cognates (10 hours)
- BIOL 101, 103, or 104 Biology & Society, Plant Biology or Animal Biology (4)
- BIOL 209 Human Nutrition (3)
- ESPE 312 Sport Nutrition (3)
- PSYC 100 General Psychology (3)
Athletic Training Core (29 hours)
- ESPE 145 Clinical Observation and Orthoses (3)
- ESPE 325 Orthopedic Assessment I (3)
- ESPE 326 Orthopedic Assessment II (3)
- ESPE 330 Therapeutic Modalities (3)
- ESPE 339 Prescription and Conditioning (3)
- ESPE 345 Athletic Training Clinical Skills I (2)
- ESPE 346 Athletic Training Clinical Skills II (2)
- ESPE 425 Orthopedic Rehabilitation (3)
- ESPE 426 General Medical Conditions (3)
- ESPE 445 Athletic Training Clinical Skills III (2)
- ESPE 446 Athletic Training Clinical Skills IV (2)
Athletic Training Concentration Cognates (15 hours)
Students must choose 4 credits of Chemistry or Physics.
- CHEM 101 The World of Chemistry (4)
- CHEM 102 Kitchen Chemistry (4)
- CHEM 105 General Chemistry (3)
- CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry (3)
- CHEM 117 Introductory to Chemistry Lab (1)
- PHYS 101 Introductory to Physics (3)
- PHYS 103 Introductory to Physics Lab (1)
- PSYC 206 Health Psychology (3)
- PSYC 211 Statistics for Psychology (4)
- PSYC 265 Research Methods for Majors (4)
Athletic Training Graduate Core (31 hours)
- ESPE 500 Biomechanics (3)
- ESPE 501 Athletic Training Administration (3)
- ESPE 515 Advanced Therapies (3)
- ESPE 530 Therapeutic Interventions (3)
- ESPE 545 Advanced Clinical Skills I (4)
- ESPE 546 Advanced Clinical Skills II (4)
- ESPE 590 Advanced Topics in Athletic Training (3)
- ESPE 595 Capstone Course: Thesis (8-12)
Athletic Training Professional Phase Retention/Probation Criteria:
After the Candidacy Phase (typically after the second year of study), students must apply to be formally reviewed for retention in the Athletic Training Professional Phase. Retention in the exercise science / pre-athletic training major is competitive, and will be based on students’ performance in the following areas:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Minimum major GPA of 2.75
- Completion of the following courses with a grade of C- or better: ESPE 145, ESPE 201 (or certification), ESPE 100, ESPE 115, ESPE 225, ESPE 250, PSYC 100, completion of the Biology requirement, and the physics or chemistry requirement. (see exercise science cognates)
- Interview with athletic training faculty/staff
- Completed Retention Application
- Signed technical standards
- Proof of current CPR for the professional rescuer (or equivalent) certification, and first aid training
- Proof of immunization review
- Proof of blood-borne pathogen training
- Signed Communicable Disease Policy
- Proof of HIPAA/FERPA training
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Maintain a minimum major GPA of 2.75
- Completion of athletic training required coursework with a grade of C- or better
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Complete athletic training required coursework with a grade of C or better
Prior to enrolling in professional phase athletic training clinical coursework (ESPE 345, 346, 445, 446, 545, and 546) students must have the following on file:
Professional Phase Retention:
After students have applied for retention in the Professional Phase, student performance will be evaluated each semester thereafter and retention will be based on the following criteria. Undergraduate students must:
Graduate students must
With the exception of clinical skills courses, students who do not meet minimum retention criteria will be placed on probation, and will have a maximum one year from the original probation date (from the date of the first offense, only) to rectify the deficiency. If deficiencies are not corrected within the one year period, the student may be dismissed from the athletic training program.
Students who do not earn the minimum grade requirements in athletic training clinical skills courses (ESPE 345, 346, 445, 446 or 545) will not be allowed to move on to subsequent clinical skills course. If students do not meet all minimum criteria at the time of completion of the B.S. in Exercise Science, they will not be allowed to continue Master’s level coursework.
Information regarding Adrian College’s transfer policies can be found in the Academic Catalog, under the Admissions section. Students wishing to transfer into the Athletic Training program will be held to the Professional Phase retention standards listed in this catalog. Students wishing to transfer into the Athletic Training program must do so during the Candidacy Phase (year 1 or 2). Students should be aware that certain athletic training coursework may not transfer. Transfer acceptance is contingent on space availability, and performance level in the stated criteria.