Pre-Med Specialization

Athletic Training (BS)

Athletic Training (BS) Pre-Med Specialization A pre-med specialization in the Athletic Training program prepares you for the actual clinical skills required for the medical professions. The specialization provides the opportunity for you to add a deeper scientific foundation to your curriculum and enables you to develop skills in hands-on techniques, diagnosis, and treatment.

Medical schools focus on the sciences; we'll teach you the hand-on aspects, such as clinical assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and the benefits of early identification in preventing injury and disease. This will prepare you for success in medical school and give you a broad background of employable skills from which you can draw.

Specialization Overview

Athletic Training is an allied-health field with a core focus on the care of physically active people, including youth sport participants, master's level athletes in the senior games, and weekend warrior. In addition to completing the physical sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) courses required for this major specialization, you will gain the necessary interpersonal communication and physical assessment skills that are so valuable when pursuing your medical school studies. With the number of growing health issues related to human performance, our Athletic Training curriculum prepares you with an in-depth understanding of how to utilize proper prevention and management of injuries techniques to improve the daily quality-of-life for people in need.

Our rigorous curriculum prepares you to perform and interpret assessments of medical histories; functional physical ability including muscular strength, endurance, and coordination; responses to conditioning; and rehabilitation programs. Furthermore, you will receive instruction on how to work with patients requiring adaptive physical activity, as well as how to care for and prevent physical-use injuries.

Your undergraduate curriculum culminates with a two semester-long, off-campus clinical internship experience; several of our Athletic Training students have successfully utilized their internships in our clinical settings to attract favorable attention when included as part of the information in the application to medical school. Once you pass your Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), our hands-on approach to understanding, treating, and healing the human body will greatly benefit you throughout your medical school career and beyond.

Improving your medical school application

  • Teamwork

    Developing Skills

    Our Human Performance Laboratory is the perfect setting to hone your skills. The extensive hands-on learning activities complement the classroom lectures, and all core courses have a separate lab component that enable you to experience each lesson.
  • Bio Research

    Conducting Research

    Highly motivated students can undertake research under the tutelage of our faculty.
  • Certification

    Strengthening Your Transcript

    If you are interested in adding a pre-med specialization to your exercise physiology curriculum, additional classes can be added based on the requirements as outlined by the specific medical schools to which you plan to apply. Your academic advisor can help you develop a plan of study for this option.

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