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Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates—B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science: Sports Medicine Concentration and M.S. in Athletic Training (MSAT)

The accelerated program in the Department of Kinesiology provides the opportunity for a student to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in the Sports Medicine Concentration and the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training degree in a period of five years.

Interested students should:

  • Qualify for advanced placement credits. See “Course Credit and Advanced Placement.”
  • Plan to attend summer school as needed.
  • Identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the ESS Department as early as possible.

Requirements for Combined Accelerated B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: Sports Medicine/ M.S. in Athletic Training (MSAT)

A. GEC Component


See complete GEC requirements.

Core Category


Students may select courses for:


Literature (GLT)


Fine Arts (GFA)


Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)


One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)


Reasoning & Discourse (GRD)




Department specifies courses for:


Mathematics (GMT)—STA 108


Natural Sciences (GNS)—BIO 111 and CHE 111


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
ESS 330 & PSY 121



B. General Education Marker Requirements

It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major.

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course


C. ESS Major Core Requirements


ESS 250, 330*, 351, 375, 376, 386, 388, and 6 activity courses** must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher

*ESS 330 satisfies 3 s.h. of GSB.

**The 6 activity courses must include ESS 120, 130, and at least one of the following aquatics courses: ESS 151, 202, 203, 252, 254, 256.

D. Related Area Requirements


BIO 111*, 271, 277; CHE 111 & 112*; CST 341; HEA 201; NTR 213; PSY 121*; STA 108*

*BIO 111, CHE 111 & 112, PSY 121 and STA 108 satisfy GEC requirements.

E. Additional Concentration Requirements


ESS 220, 353, 379, 390, 391, 441


F. Electives


At least 9 s.h. of electives must be selected from the following: BIO 112; CHE 114 & 115, 205 & 206, 351, 352 & 354, 556, 557 & 558; PHY 211 or 211A, 212 or 212A; CSC 101; ESS 459, 468, 469, 543, 570, 576, 595; MAT 191; NTR 313, 531, 550, 560; PSY 250, 341

Total undergraduate semester hours



G. Additional Requirements


Students in the Accelerated Program must follow and complete all additional requirements as described in the ESS Sports Medicine Concentration section of this Bulletin. Students must also:

  • Be admitted to the Sports Medicine Concentration by the second semester of the junior year.
  • Complete the Sports Medicine Concentration by the first semester of the senior year.
  • Accumulate Advanced Placement and/or summer school credit.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ESS courses and 3.0 overall.
  • Take ESS 375, 376, 353, 390, 391, and 441 by the end of their junior year.
  • Take the GRE in the fall or early spring of the junior year.
  • Be admitted to The Graduate School in the first semester of the senior year.
  • Take 6 s.h. of graduate credit the first semester of the senior year.
  • Complete required courses to fulfill the requirements for the MSAT. In addition students must meet all admission requirements as outlined at

H. MSAT Requirements


Socio-cultural/Behavioral Studies of Exercise, Sport, and Physical Activity

ESS 743 Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury & Rehabilitation (3)

Biophysical Studies of Exercise, Sport, and Physical Activity

ESS 638 Therapeutic Modalities

Research Techniques (3)

ESS 611 Research Methods for Exercise and Sport Science (3)

Athletic Training Course Requirements (25 hours)

ESS 536 Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injury (2)

ESS 634 Athletic Training Foundations (2)

ESS 636 Athletic Injury Evaluation (3)

ESS 637 Athletic Injury Evaluation Laboratory (1)

ESS 639 Therapeutic Modalities Laboratory (1)

ESS 640 Rehabilitation Techniques for Athletic Injuries (3)

ESS 641 Rehabilitation Techniques Laboratory (1)

ESS 703 Optimizing Athletic Performance (1)

ESS 704 Athletic Training Seminar (1)

ESS 705 Applied Rehabilitation Concepts (1)

ESS 720 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3)

ESS 721 Athletic Training Clinical Education VI (3)

ESS 725 Management and Professional Issues in Athletic Training (3)

Integrative Clinical Experience (12 hours)

ESS 620 Athletic Training Clinical Experience (3 credits, taken twice for a total of 6 credits)

Must be taken for 3 hours in each of the first two semesters of the student’s program of study. The course will serve as an applied field experience in an athletic training setting.

ESS 697 Field Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science (3 credits, taken twice for a total of 6 credits)

Must be taken for 3 hours in each of the last two semesters of the student’s program of study. The course will serve as the student’s capstone experience in athletic training by integrating the academic course work of the previous semesters into clinical field experiences as students apply their knowledge base in an athletic training setting.

Non-credit Professional Development Requirements

In addition to the 46 credit hours of course work, students are required to gain approximately two weeks of clinical experience during assigned pre-season athletic practices during August of each year in the program. Students are also required to attend weekly in-services and journal club sessions during each of the fall and spring semesters in the program.