Program Description


What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. (

The Athletic Training Program at Marywood University:

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Marywood University consists of a four-semester didactic and clinical education program and is a stand-alone major housed in the Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science.

Students will enter and progress through the program as a cohort. A maximum of 16 students per year are accepted into the program. All applicants must have met the entrance requirements and be accepted/enrolled at Marywood prior to admission into the program.

While progressing through their educational experience, students will have the opportunity to gain invaluable clinical experiences at one of our affiliated sites within the greater Scranton area. These sites include 8 area high schools, intercollegiate athletic teams at Marywood University, Clarks Summit University, Lackawanna College, and the University of Scranton, sports medicine clinics including United Health Services, ProCare Therapy, Greater Carbondale YMCA, Impact Physio, Physical Therapy Associates of NEPA, Geisinger Health Systems, and various general medical offices.

About Marywood University

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1915, Marywood is co-educational and comprehensive with over 3000 students on a 115-acre campus in Scranton, PA. Marywood University, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people. The University integrates an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. Our undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advance innovative scholarship and foster leadership in service to others. Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values. Marywood University prepares students to seek sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world.