Health Professions

Athletic Training 3+2 Degree

Health Professions Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

BVU’s unique 3+2 partnership with Drake University’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program allows students to complete a bachelor’s athletic training degree in three years at BVU and a master’s athletic training degree in two years at Drake — and to receive degrees from both universities. Students are able to earn their advanced athletic training degree in a shorter amount of time, resulting in less educational cost and the ability to practice athletic training sooner.

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Why should I earn a dual degree in athletic training?

Save Time & Money

By completing 3 years at BVU (bachelor’s degree) and 2 years at Drake (master’s degree), you will become an athletic trainer quicker and save thousands of dollars on your education.

In Demand

Job opportunities in athletic training are projected to grow much faster than average — by 23 percent by the year 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Rising Standard

By 2022, all athletic trainers will need to have a master’s degree in order to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. You’ll be ahead of the pack with this degree.

What Can I Do With a Dual Degree in Athletic Training Degree

  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Performing arts
  • Physician offices
  • Professional sports
  • Secondary sports
  • Sports medicine clinics

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Why study athletic training at BVU?

Top-Notch Equipment

Kinesiology students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including the new Human Performance Laboratory, which includes a Metabolic Cart to measure oxygen uptake. The department also utilizes the Fritcher Fitness Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility that houses weight and cardio training equipment.

Education in Action

At BVU, you will gain valuable experience shadowing athletic trainers and accessing relevant internships. From traveling with the BVU football team to working at a local sports clinic, you will put your education into play alongside the athletes you treat.

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Proud Partners

BVU is proud to partner with Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Their new master’s program has been created with the latest information and techniques to help you succeed. You can expect small classes and one-on-one attention from your professors. BVU will prepare you to thrive in this rigorous athletic training program.

Athletic Training Courses

In the first three years, students in the BVU-Drake MAT (Master’s in Athletic Training) program complete general education coursework and take the MAT pre-requisite courses from the rehabilitation health sciences major at BVU. 

In their junior year, students take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and apply for admission to the Drake program. Students enter Drake as master’s-level students and complete the two-year program after having completed three years of coursework at BVU. 

To be eligible for admission to Drake’s MAT program, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA and earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses at BVU. 

  • How 3+2 Works (BVU to supply)

    This partnership offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree from BVU and a Masters of Athletic Training degree from Drake University.

    Students complete 98 credit hours of work, completing the general education program and completing prerequisite science courses while at BVU, as approved by the Dean of the School of Science. Successful completion of one year of full-time study (30 semester hours) at Drake University in the Masters of Athletic Training Program will satisfy the remaining requirements for a baccalaureate degree at BVU. Current admissions standards and processes for applying to this program are available through the office of the Dean of the School of Science.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Athletic Training Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your  teaching English as a second language or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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