Choose from two degree pathways

Whether you’ve been working in an allied health field and wish to specialize in athletic training, or you complete our five-year undergraduate/graduate program, you’ll find the academic and clinical preparation you need for a career in health care.

Through one of Merrimack’s two pathways, you’ll receive the graduate-level education you need to earn your MSAT and become eligible for BOC certification.


Our traditional, two-year post-baccalaureate program is for those with a bachelor’s degree. This option is ideal for those individuals who are looking to change their career or experienced allied health professionals who are looking to work with the active patient population. With this track, our graduates benefit from a rigorous curriculum and clinical education, preparing you to meet the specialized demands of a career in athletic training upon graduation.

Our post-baccalaureate track is also available to career changers with undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields, though these students will need to meet certain requirements to enter the program.  

Please note: Those with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training are not eligible to apply.

Accelerated (3+2) TRACK

With our accelerated track, students entering as freshman undergraduates can satisfy requirements for both the Bachelor of Science (in Health Science or Exercise Science) and the MSAT—in just five years. You’ll complete three years of prerequisite courses (general education requirements) by the spring semester of your third year (94 credits), then advance directly into the master’s program where you’ll gain substantial clinical experience. Combining a liberal arts experience with professional education in athletic training, this track helps our graduates move quickly into the workplace with the competitive advantage of a master’s degree.

*Our five-year option can be available to students transferring into the concentration from other majors, though those students may need additional coursework to stay on track toward their degree.

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