Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training Concentration, B.S.

The Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training Concentration, B.S. program allows you to build the framework for becoming a certified athletic trainer. In this 3+2 program, you will complete your first three years at Shippensburg University and then move on to either Jefferson University or Lock Haven University to complete the final two years. When all is said and done, you will have a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in athletic training in only five years.

What Will I Learn?

This concentration will give you the background knowledge you need to be successful in an athletic training graduate program by preparing you with a thorough understanding of the human body and how it responds to exercise. As part of this concentration, you will learn about caring for injuries, human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and the psychology of human movement, all of which will help you when working with athletes on injury prevention and recovery.

Kami Holt

Meet Kami Holt '20

"Everything you learn can be applied to daily life and a career. You will learn so much that will prepare you for the next chapter of your life."

How Kami Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

Entry Requirements

  • High school students interested in the Pre-Athletic Training Concentration of the Exercise Science program must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Top 50% of graduating class and overall high school GPA of 3.40 or better
  • Students transferring from another major or another university must meet the following criteria:
    • Completion of at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.50 or above
    • Completion of BIO 161, BIO 162, or BIO 237 (or their equivalents) with a grade of C or higher

Students who complete this concentration are able to select an affiliated university where they can further their studies to become an athletic trainer. If you complete the required coursework and maintain a sufficient GPA, you will have guaranteed admission into the affiliated university. Currently, we are affiliated with master's programs at Jefferson Universityand Lock Haven University.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

Minor programs of study that could be applied include:

  • Biology
  • Coaching
  • Disability Studies
  • Psychology

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

The goal for most students in this concentration is to end up with a career in athletic training. For other careers in the medical and rehabilitative fields, like physical therapy and nursing, please refer to the Exercise Science, Allied Health Pre-Professional Concentration.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

All major courses are taught by passionate, experienced and engaged faculty members. Small classes of about 20 students mean lots of one-on-one interactions with faculty. This allows you to build close relationships that blossom into strong networks as you move forward as a professional. 

Ship’s facilities are top notch and you’ll be very active for a great deal of your class time because of them. The Metabolic Analysis Lab and Movement Science Lab are stocked with equipment and instruments for testing power, strength, gait, glucose, and cardiorespiratory endurance. We also have the only on-site elementary school in the state, which provides opportunities for exercise science students to conduct pediatric exercise testing and programming.

Our program is well respected in the region. That’s because our graduates are making a difference in a variety of fields, but also in part because they present research at regional conferences.

Students also become CPR/AED and First Aid certified through the National Safety Council.

You are encouraged to participate in the Exercise Science Club and the Exercise Science Honors Society.