Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Keene State College offers a CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited undergraduate athletic training education program designed for those students who wish to pursue certification as an athletic trainer. Students who graduate with a degree in Athletic Training are eligible to take the BOC (Board of Certification) Athletic Training Certification Examination. The program prepares students for athletic training positions in educational, professional sport, military/law enforcement training, performing arts and clinical settings, as well as for graduate programs in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics or other Medical and Allied Health fields.

The Athletic Training major is a competitive program, with enrollments limited to sixteen per academic year. Because of the professional nature of Athletic Training and its responsibility to the public, the Program has established admissions, progression, and graduation standards for student selection and graduation. As such a formal application is REQUIRED.


All students majoring in Athletic Training are required to be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Proof of a current certification card must be provided for the application and maintained for courses marked with a 1. Once admitted, all students majoring in athletic training are required to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. Proof of certification must be provided and maintained for courses marked with a 2. Students may enter Keene State College with these competencies or choose to enroll in course electives at Keene State College to complete the required competencies. These courses include PE 191 Standard First Aid/CPR; PE 240 Emergency Medical Technician 1; PE 242 EMT Practicum (2 credit)1.


Additional expenses associated with the athletic training education program include maintaining Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, maintaining EMT Certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, differential fees for clinical courses, travel expenses to and from off-campus clinical assignments, uniforms or professional attire, professional memberships, and occasional conferences and workshops.


40 credits minimum

Professional practice of Certified Athletic Trainers specifies the importance of understanding basic concepts in psychology. Athletic Training majors are advised to enroll in one psychology course as part of their Integrative Studies Program.

Athletic Training

(including major + allied requirements)



(63 credits)

PE 140 Introduction to Athletic Training (2 credits)
PE 141 Wellness from Theory to Practice 
PE 284 Injury Prevention Strategies1 (2 credits)
PE 294 Athletic Training: Foundations Practicum1 (1 credit)
PE 340 Epidemiology of Injury and Illness
PE 341 Recognition of Sport-related Injuries and Illness
PE 342 Therapeutic Interventions I
PE 343 Therapeutic Interventions II
PE 344 Sports Nutrition
PE 383 Clinical Examination Strategies (2 credits) 1
PE 384 Advanced Clinical Examination (2 credits) 1
PE 385 Emergent Care Strategies2 (2 credits)
PE 441 Pharmacology and Pathology for Athletic Trainers
PE 443 Health Care Administration of Athletic Training
PE 460 Experimental Design and Analysis for Physical Education
PE 483 Athletic Training: Clinical I2
PE 484 Athletic Training: Clinical II2
PE 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical2 (6 credits)
PE 494 Athletic Training: Advanced Practicum2 (2 credits)

The Athletic Training curriculum is tightly structured and has sequential coursework, so it is essential that new students begin the major in their first year at Keene State College. Transfers and other students who begin the major at the sophomore or junior year should plan on staying an additional one to three semesters beyond the traditional four-year schedule to complete the program. Any student who competes in a varsity or club sport will likely complete the Athletic Training major in more than four years because of the conflict of practice times and required athletic training clinical education. First year students who intend to apply to this major must enroll in INCHEM and PE 141 for the fall semester and PE 140 and MATH 141 for the fall or spring semester and BIO 230 for the spring semester.


28 credits

  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
  • INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry (Accepted course substitution: INCHEM 100 or INCHEM 111)
  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I
  • BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PE 200 Applied Kinesiology
  • PE 201 Physiology of Exercise



Transfers with more than 30 credits (who have successfully completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I, a Chemistry course, and Statistics course) must meet with the Athletic Training Program Coordinator and complete an Accelerated Transfer Sequence form to determine required coursework for admission and degree requirements. The process for admission for Accelerated Transfers begins during the first week of first fall semester, with completed applications due November 30. Transfer students must meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 2.5 from the previous institution. Transfer students must enter the institution with a certification Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Proof of a current certification card must be provided. Review of transfer students' applications and official notification of the results of this review would occur before the start of the spring semester.


The process for admission begins when the student enrolls in PE 140. Applications for freshman/first-year students are due April 15. Review of freshmen students' applications and official notification of the results of this review would occur during the summer.

Students will receive a formal letter indicating their admission status. If a student is not accepted, the letter will clearly indicate the deficiencies and clearly define how those deficiencies should be addressed. A consultation will be scheduled with the Athletic Training Education Program Director. During that conference, the student will be notified of any course adjustments and indicate their willingness to address the deficiencies in order to reapply. The student will be eligible to reapply for admission during the next academic year's admission period.


Competitive enrollment requires the student to submit a formal application. Student applying must submit a portfolio documenting each of the following components:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5
  2. Required allied courses of a grade C or better
  3. Required major courses of grade BC or better.
  4. Application
    1. Performance evaluation by the Keene State College Clinical Faculty
    2. A minimum of 25 observation hours of pre-professional clinical experience in the Keene State College Athletic Training Room
    3. Successful proof or completion of required competencies including: Proof of Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    4. Recommendation for admission by two Keene State College faculty or staff.
    5. Students must provide a current physical (on program form), proof of immunization (Hepatitis B), and signed copy of the technical standards, compliance with HIPAA/FERPA verification of training Blood Borne Pathogens.


The Athletic Training Educational Program at Keene State College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Educational Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency [Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE)]. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Trainer's Certification Exam.

Candidates for selection to the Keene State College Athletic Training Educational Program must demonstrate the following technical standards for admission:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. The ability to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  4. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.
  5. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  6. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  7. The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  8. The flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  9. The affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport relating to professional education and quality patient care.


After formal admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria to progress to each clinical course. Clinical Athletic Training I, II, Athletic Training Advanced Clinical, Athletic Training Advanced Practicum require the following:

  1. Proof of current Emergency Medical Technician Certification.
  2. Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  3. Completion of the required Athletic Training major courses with a grade BC or better
  4. Completion of Allied courses with a grade C or better.

Liability Insurance: Students admitted to and enrolled in Athletic Training major clinical courses, including the externship, are provided medical liability insurance; however, students may opt to purchase additional liability insurance for additional coverage.

Admission to PE 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical: Due to specific accreditation requirements for affiliated clinical sites, students are required to submit letters of intent to register for PE 493 Athletic Training: Advanced Clinical following completion of courses leading up to and including junior level courses in the Athletic Training Major.

The following criteria will be used:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 75 credits with a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better.
  2. Completion of Athletic Training major required courses with a BC or better.
  3. Successful completion of required clinical proficiencies and comprehensive competencies at the proficient level (evaluated in previous clinical courses).
  4. Proof of Emergency Medical Technician Certification.

The Advanced Clinical Application Deadline is March 1 of the junior year. Students must apply for a fall sport rotation or for a winter/spring sport rotation. Transcripts will be reviewed prior to placing students in each clinical and the Advanced clinical.


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
Degree Requirements
120 credits

(Total degree requirements may change pending Integrative Studies requirements.)