Program Description


If your interests include athletics and physical activity, human anatomy and physiology, caring for and encouraging others, problem solving and working as part of a team, Messiah's accelerated program in athletic training may be a good fit for you.

Athletic training is a growing allied health profession that prepares you to provide athletic training services to athletes and other physically active individuals. In Pennsylvania and nationwide, public and private educational institutions, professional teams, sports medicine-related clinics, hospitals and industrial/corporate organizations have a need for certified athletic trainers. Additionally, career opportunities are available in athletic training education and human performance training.

At Messiah College, athletic training is an accelerated, five-year program for students interested in pursuing a career as an athletic trainer. Students who pursue this accelerated program earn both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in applied health science (with a pre-athletic training concentration) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree from Messiah College in five years. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that from 2023 on, an individual must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program before they are eligible for the Board of Certification Examination (and thus be eligible to practice).


About Messiah College

Messiah College is a nationally ranked, private Christian college with a student body of 3,305 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Messiah is just 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg. The College was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the College’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.