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Description of the Program

Athletic Training- Duquesne

Program Guide


Athletic Training Program
Athletic training is an allied health profession that is recognized by the American Medical Association. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC), under the supervision of a licensed physician, provide care for athletes and those who are physically active within these areas of clinical practice:

  • prevention
  • recognition, evaluation and assessment;
  • treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning
  • organization and administration; and
  • professional development and responsibility.

Certified athletic trainers are specialists in the area of sports medicine, which is a general term that refers to a very broad scope of care and services that are necessary to maintain the overall health and performance of those who are physically active or who participate in sports.

Employment and career opportunities
Certified athletic trainers are employed by high schools, colleges and universities, professional athletic teams, private sports medicine centers, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, health and fitness-related settings, the military, and corporations. Athletic trainers can also pursue career growth options in equipment development, corporate fitness, rehabilitation facilities, orthopedics, and nutrition and weight management.

The La Roche College-Duquesne University Affiliation
In this program, students majoring in athletic training complete a pre-professional program at La Roche College (designed to take a minimum of two years), and then transfer to Duquesne University to complete their professional phase in athletic training (designed to take another two years). Students who successfully complete this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Duquesne University.

The Duquesne Athletic Training Curriculum
Student professional preparation at Duquesne is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injury and illnesses, assessment and evaluation, acute care of injury and illness, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities, nutrition, health care administration, psychosocial intervention and referral, and professional development and responsibilities.

Accreditation and Certification
Duquesne University's athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, CAAHEP, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association cooperate to establish, maintain and promote the standards for the quality of CAAHEP-accredited educational programs in athletic training.

Graduates of the Duquesne program in athletic training will be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Examination, as well as be eligible for Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer Certification.

Admission to the Athletic Training Program
Freshman admission:
All students admitted to La Roche College who intend to major in athletic training will be initially designated as "Athletic Training candidates". Athletic Training candidates will be automatically considered for full admission to the athletic training major upon completion of the second semester of courses at La Roche College.

Prospective students to the program must have earned a minimum SAT score (Verbal and Math) of 1100, or a minimum ACT score of 24. Prospective students must have earned a minimum high school GPA of 2.75. The high school curriculum must have included at least:


  • 4 Units of English
  • 1 Unit in Social Studies or Foreign Language
  • 7 Units in Math and Science
  • 4 Electives

    In addition, prospective students must demonstrate evidence of extracurricular activities during high school and have the ability to meet all of the medical and performance/technical standards of Duquesne University's program. The pre-professional phase is completed at La Roche College in two years. The La Roche College portion of this program requires three courses (with labs) to be taken at Duquesne University. Students are expected to provide their own transportation. This program will require the student to take summer classes.

    Students then apply to Duquesne University for the professional phase. La Roche College is guaranteed an allotment of five students every year. In event that more than five have entered the program, only the top five will be allowed admission to Duquesne University. These students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Science/Math courses, with no course grade below a "C". Students must also be recommended by the pre-professional committee consisting of La Roche College Science Faculty.

    Transfer admission:Students with prior college credits who are admitted as transfer students to La Roche College may express their intent to major in athletic training. Each student will be evaluated individually by the Coordinator of Health Science Programs.

    Admission to Duquesne University
    Through the Chairperson of the La Roche Pre-professional Health Committee, a La Roche athletic training major must submit a Duquesne University Application for Undergraduate Admissions by Dec 1st for consideration for the following fall semester at Duquesne, along with additional required documentation (which the student will be informed of during a health sciences orientation at La Roche College).

    Academic requirements for admission to Duquesne University for the professional phase of the athletic training program include:

    • successful completion of all professional course work with a 3.0 cumulative QPA at La Roche College, and a "C" or better in all courses
    • a "B" or better in ATHTR 201 (Essential Concepts and Techniques in Athletic Training) and ATHTR 202 (Pre-Professional Practicum in AT)
    • recommendation by the La Roche Pre-professional Health Committee
    • Documentation of current C.P.R. Certification (including adult, infant, and child CPR)
    • completion of a physical examination and other health requirements
    • recommendation of the Department of Athletic Training upon completion of a personal interview.

    The pre-professional phase at La Roche College consists of 67 credits to be completed over a two-year period, with course requirements outlined below.

    The professional phase at Duquesne University consists of 63 credits completed over an additional two-year period. Students in this program also have an option to pursue a joint degree program leading to a Master of Science in Education, a Master of Occupational Therapy, or a Master of Physician Assistant.

    To complete the Pre-Professional Phase at La Roche College the following coursework is required:

    • 37 credits of Major Requirements (includes 5 credits of Athletic Training courses taken as PCHE courses)
    • 30 credits of Additional courses (see program guide for specific courses that will meet Duquesne requirements)This will include a Theology, Creative Arts, Global Diversity and Social Justice course, not listed below.

Additional Requirments: 30 credits

ENGL1011 College Writing I
ENGL1011L College Writing I-Lab
ENGL1012 College Writing II
PHIL1021 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL3027 Biomedical Ethics
PSYC1021 Introduction to Psychology

Major Requirments: 37 credits

BIOL1003 General Biology I
BIOL1005 General Biology I-Lab
BIOL1020 Medical Terminology
BIOL1023 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL1023L Human Anatomy & Physiology I-Lab
BIOL1024 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL1024L Human Anatomy & Physiology II-Lab
CHEM1007 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM1008 Principles of Chemistry I-Lab
MATH1040 Probability & Statistics
PHYS1010 Physics for Health Sciences
PHYS1010L Physics for Health Science-Lab
SLSC1005 Intro to Computer Science: Bits, Bytes and Beyond.

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