Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science

B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training

The Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science offers a B.S./M.S. dual- degree in Athletic Training. The 150-credit degree program, offered by the Athletic Training Program (ATP), prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to enter the field as a certified athletic trainer (ATC)®. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is registered with the NY State Education Department (NYSED). 

The comprehensive curriculum is divided into two phases: a three-year Pre-Professional Phase of 83 credits and a two-year Professional Phase of 67 credits. Students entering without a bachelor’s or an associate’s degree are required to complete the full five-year plan of study. Those holding a previous degree are required to complete two years of professional study in athletic training, providing there are adequate liberal arts and sciences for the bachelor’s degree awarded in the program. At the end of the Professional Phase, students will receive a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree and will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Our Athletic Trainers are highly skilled health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians with physically active individuals. Students receive comprehensive classroom instruction and hands on clinical experiences that develops their skills in the follow areas;

  • Injury prevention
  • Injury and medical illness, diagnosis and evaluation
  • Rehabilitative treatment
  • Emergency medical care
  • Conditioning
  • Collaboration with health care team members

Key features of the athletic training program include:

  • Access to a network of outstanding internship experiences in the NY city metropolitan area working with student-athletes, professional athletes, performing artists and other physically active populations.
  • Work with high level Long Island University student-athletes in a division 1 athletic program.
  • Participation in state-of-the-art athletic training laboratory facilities.
  • Opportunities to earn additional certifications in areas related to athletic training that enhance knowledge, credentials, and marketability, including:
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association
    • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine
    • Certified Sports Nutritionist (CNS) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • Highly experienced, dedicated and respected faculty who are leaders in the field of athletic training and sports medicine.

The BS/MS Program in Athletic Training at LIU Brooklyn is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective June 15th, 2019. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.

2019-2020 Athletic Training Handbook

Program Outcomes

BOC Pass Rates

 Academic Year 2017-2018
2019-2020 3 Yr. Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 22 15  12 49
Student graduation rate 96% 94% 92% 94%
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 19 13  9 41
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 9 4  5 25
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 47% 31%  55% 44%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 11 5  4 20
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 58% 38%  50% 49%

Student Graduation Rates

2017-2018  2018-2019 2019-2020 3 Yr. Aggregate 
Number of students graduating from program
 21 15 12 49
Student graduate rate (%) 96% 94% 92% 94%

  2017 2018 2019
Number of students entering the program  26 15 7
Number of students retained Year 1 to Year 2 15 13 6
Retention Rate Year 1 to Year 2 94% 87% 86%
Number of students graduating the program 15 21 12
Graduation rate  96% 95% 92%

Student Employment Rates

 Academic Year 2017-2018 2018-2019
3 Yr. Aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 12 5 4 21
Student employment rate as AT 55% 38% 33% 42%
Number of students employed as other 7 8 8 23
Student employment rate as other
32% 62% 66% 53%
Number of students not employed 3 0 0 0
Student not employed rate
14% 0% 0% 0%

Click here for BOC Pass Rates and Program Outcomes (2013-2019) 

Mission and Goals

Athletic Training Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Long Island University is to provide the highest quality of educational opportunities, working side by side with highly experienced certified athletic trainers dedicated to education of the LIU athletic training student. The program strives to give each student unique opportunities at various settings within the profession. By enhancing and continually improving the education of athletic training students, we strive to give them the experience and knowledge to handle situations his/her professional life may present.


Application Policies & Procedures

High School graduates may apply as pre-Athletic Training candidates within the Health Science or Sports Science programs. This application process is based on academic performance and testing freshman applicants must present a minimum of

  1. A high school average of at least 80; and
  2. A combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of at least 1000

Students in the pre-professional phase should seek academic guidance from faculty/staff in Athletic Training or Health Science to ensure that all requirements are satisfied and will be directed to apply for admission to the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program during their third year.  

Transfer Student Policy

Students from other colleges and universities who satisfy the athletic training candidacy or pre-professional requirements may apply for admission to the Professional Phase of the BS/MS degree program.  However, the student must first be accepted to Long Island University as an undergraduate transfer by the Admissions application process.  Once Admissions accepts the student, the application to the Professional Phase will then be evaluated.  At this time, students may petition the program director for acceptance of the following Professional Phase courses from their previous institution: SPS 143, 151, 152, 189 and/or EXS 508.  No other Professional Phase SPS or EXS courses are eligible for transfer.

Admission Requirements to Professional Phase

All pre-athletic training candidates including transfer and degree applicants seeking admission to the professional phase must:

  1. Earn a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer experience in an athletic training environment under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and submit verification of same
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation, one from an athletic trainer (ATC) and one from an academic reference
  4. Completely satisfy all prerequisite course work (see below) 
  5. Successfully interview with the Athletic Training Admission Committee
  6. Present official transcripts from all colleges and universities

Prerequisite Courses

Students must successfully complete the following science and math prerequisite courses with no grades lower than a “C”.

  • 1 semester of general Biology with lab
  • 1 semester of general Chemistry with lab
  • 1 semester of general Physics with lab
  • 1 semester of Human Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology I with lab
  • 1 semester of Human Physiology or Anatomy/Physiology II with lab
  • 1 semester of Statistics 

Background Check and Drug Testing

Many of our clinical/field experience affiliates now require the completion of criminal background checks and/or drug testing for employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the site. Therefore, LIU students who plan to participate in a clinical/field experience may be asked to undergo a criminal background check, and/or a drug screen. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into your chosen field of study.  Students desiring entrance into the School of Health Professions should be aware that our clinical/field affiliates can reject or remove a student from the site if a criminal record is discovered or if a drug test is positive. In the event that a student is rejected from a clinical/field site due to information contained in the criminal background check, or drug screen, you may be unable to complete a required clinical/field experience.  If you are unable to complete program requirements, you may be advised to withdraw from the program.

In addition, students seeking entrance into health and human service professions should be aware that the presence of a criminal record can result in the refusal of licensing/certification/registration agencies to issue the credential needed to practice in that field of study.  Prospective students are urged to contact the pertinent state and/or federal licensing board to inquire whether a criminal record will have an impact on your eligibility to obtain licensure or certification.

Students must complete a fingerprinting/background check prior to placement at the clinical site at their own expense. If a student does not meet the requirement of the clinical site, they will be place at an alternative location. Please see the Clinical Coordinator for information.

Program Expenses

University tuition and fees may be found on the LIU Enrollment Services website.

Students in the program may incur additional costs outside of the University tuition and fees charged at the beginning of each semester. These costs may include, but are not limited to:

●      Maintaining CPR and First Aid certification ($100)

●      NATA Membership ($75 annually)

●      Corrective Exercise Specialist certification ($500)

●      Background check ($60)

●      BOC preparation workshop ($175)

●      Travel to and from clinical sites (vary by location)

●      Meals, clothing, and other living expenses (vary)

The program makes every effort to minimize associated costs. Clinical placement is made with student transportation and access in mind. Also, students may petition/request the AT Student Club for additional funding and reimbursement.


School of Health Professions