2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Health Science: Pre-Athletic Training to M.S. in Athletic Training

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Program Description

The pre-athletic training concentration of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science program prepares students for graduate-level study in athletic training. Qualified undergraduate students in this program may be eligible to participate in an accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in health science and (thereafter) a master's degree in athletic training. 

Cal U's Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Training prepares students for certification and a career in the fast-growing athletic training occupation while introducing them to special interest topics.

Note: Cal U is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2023. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Shelly Fetchen DiCesaro


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the health science (pre-athletic training concentration) bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
HSC 115  Current Health Issues
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
HSC 110  Anatomy and Physiology I
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • GTY 200  Aging in American Society
  • PHI 307  Medical Ethics
  • HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety
  • ATE 340  Sports Nutrition 
Required Major Courses 58
ATE 150  Intro to Athletic Training 4
ATE 215  Evidence-Based Practice 3
ATE 460  Sports Medicine Research 3
BIO 117  Intro to Human Biology 3
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 102  Composition II 3
HSC 101  Foundations of Health Science 3
HSC 120  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HSC 210  Culturally Competent Community Health 3
HSC 225  Medical Terminology 2
HSC 250  Nutrition for Health/Wellness 3
HSC 275  Functional Kinesiology 3
HSC 310  Special Populations and Pathology of Disease 3
HSC 325  Physiology of Exercise 3
HSC 360  Holistic Medicine and Healthcare 3
HSC 425  Health Science Capstone 4
MAT 205  Stats for Health and Social Science 3
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Electives 3
Graduate-Level Coursework* 18
ATE 600 Cadaver Anatomy Dissection 3
ATE 603  Foundations of AT 1
ATE 610  Clinical Skills and Lab 1
ATE 615  Emergency Care and Lab 1
ATE 635  Examination of the Lower Extremity and Lab 3
ATE 650  Head and Spine Cadaver Dissection 2
ATE 655  Examination of the Head and Spine Lab 2
ATE 670  Clinical Practicum I 2
ATE 690  Therapeutic Interventions I and Lab 3
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): HSC 425 Health Science Capstone
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): HSC 360 Holistic Medicine and Healthcare AND HSC 310 Special Populations and Pathology of Disease
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): HSC 120 Anatomy and Physiology II

* 20% (the first 18 credits of graduate coursework, as listed above) of the 56 graduate credits in the M.S. in Athletic Training program may be applied toward the bachelor's degree.  

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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