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Health Sciences – Athletic Training

Are you passionate about sports and helping athletes perform at their best? Pursuing a degree in the Health Sciences with an Athletic Training specialization might be the smart choice for you. With the increasing emphasis on sports performance and injury prevention, the demand for qualified athletic trainers is on the rise.

Degree Types
Major , Specialization
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

Getting Started: McDaniel's Health Sciences - Athletic Training Degree Program

A Health Sciences - Athletic Training degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and treat sports-related injuries. You'll learn how to design and implement rehabilitation programs, provide first aid, and develop injury prevention strategies.

Athletic trainers play a critical role in keeping athletes healthy, improving performance, and minimizing the risk of injuries. Not only is pursuing an athletic training degree rewarding in terms of job satisfaction, but it also offers excellent career prospects. Athletic trainers can find opportunities in various settings, including professional sports teams, colleges and universities, hospitals, and fitness centers.

Why McDaniel for Athletic Training?

If you have a passion for sports and want to make a meaningful impact on athletes' lives, McDaniel's Health Sciences - Athletic Training degree program might be for you. The Athletic Training program will equip you with a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation techniques. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through real-world practicums, working alongside experienced professionals who will help you refine your skills.

Pathways to Success: McDaniel Graduates Pursuing Allied Health Programs

McDaniel students have gone on to graduate and professional programs in allied health fields. Allied health advising can begin as early as the first semester on campus or whenever a student first decides to pursue a health-related career. Advisors work individually with students to build their McDaniel Plan.

Recent McDaniel graduates have been accepted into programs at schools such as Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Temple, University of Maryland, and University of Pittsburgh.

Distinctive Courses in Athletic Training

KIN 2225 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

Prevention, care, and management of injuries associated with physical activity and medical emergencies. Topics considered include basic human anatomy, recognition, and evaluation of injuries.

KIN 2325 - Nutrition

A study of the nutritional needs throughout the human lifespan. Topics include energy nutrients, vitamins, minerals, recommended dietary allowances, and weight control. Fad diets, nutritional supplementation, and the world’s food supply are also examined.

KIN 3222 - Exercise Physiology

The principles and concepts of physiological function will be discussed as they apply to human movement. Included with the principles and concepts will be selected methods and techniques of assessing physiological function under varied performance conditions. 

KIN 3307 - Practicum in Athletic Training

Practical experience and extensive field work in athletic training.

Athletic Training Degree Program and Requirements

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Special Opportunities

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Student-Faculty Research

The Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program will maximize your research time and provide expert guidance. 

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STEM Center

The McDaniel STEM Center provides academic support to any student enrolled in STEM courses, and the opportunity to become a peer tutor.

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Pre-Health Club

Get involved in student organizations like the Pre-Health Club to meet your peers and find your campus community. 

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New labs and classrooms open in Gill Center

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Health Sciences students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.

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The Health Sciences at McDaniel

Our Health Sciences program is designed to help driven, compassionate students like you pursue meaningful careers in what we call the “allied health professions.” We offer several personalized tracks within the Health Sciences program that will help you prepare for a variety of careers. Opportunities in research, study abroad, and pre-health advising turn McDaniel Health Sciences majors into experienced, inter-disciplinary graduates prepared for their chosen careers.