Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Degree Change in Athletic Training
1. When does UNH anticipate moving the current, undergraduate (BS), Athletic Training Major to the master’s degree?
- Sometime after the 2017-18 academic year
2. Do you know the exact date/year when this transition will occur?
- At this time, no.
- It will likely be 2-3 years after the end of the 2017-18 academic year
3. Why is UNH delaying the implementation of the master’s degree program?
- Partially, it is because the first priority is attaining continuing CAATE accreditation of the BS program, which expires at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.
- Partially, it is because the CAATE has not yet announced what the Standards and Curriculum Content for the master’s degree programs will be; the CAATE is still putting together draft versions for public and professional comment.
- UNH does not feel it is prudent to create a master’s degree program without all the appropriate information.
4. Can I graduate from a college/university with a BS degree in athletic training (up to and including Class of 2026) and be qualified for a state license to practice athletic training?
- Yes; this change only affects athletic trainers who graduate ‘in the future’ – there are and will be many practicing athletic trainers who ‘only’ have a BS degree and will be eligible for a state license for many, many years
5. Can I graduate from a college/university with a BS degree in athletic training (up to and including Class of 2026) and be qualified for employment as an athletic trainer (i.e., get a job)?
- This change only affects the degree earned by future graduates. It DOES NOT force or require employers to change their requirements for a position/job.
- There are many current and future athletic trainers who ‘only’ possess a BS degree and they will be able to keep their jobs in the future
- This is no different than what happened in, say, physical therapy. Just because the required degree is now the DPT, there are many, many PTs working with a BS or MS degree.
6. Can I graduate from a college/university with a BS in athletic training (up to and including Class of 2026) and go on to earn a master’s degree in athletic training (or related); and as a graduate assistant AT?
- This is more complicated and less certain – so be aware the following could change at any time
- According to the CAATE website (FAQs) “it is anticipated that there will still be a demand for Post-Professional programs at the master’s degree level for several years to accommodate the students who will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree”
- It is a ‘fact of life’ that many colleges/universities use graduate assistant ATs to complete their athletic training staff. It is unlikely these same schools will suddenly be able to convert these positions to full time staff positions. Thus, some schools may still offer graduate assistant positions even when all graduates have a master’s degree in AT.
7. What would happen to a student who enters UNH as a degree candidate in the BS program when UNH transitions to the master’s degree?
- The student would have the option of:
- Graduating with the BS degree being eligible for the BOC Exam and employment as an athletic trainer, OR,
- Continuing on to complete their MS degree in athletic training at UNH
- The MS degree will be very similar in content and requirements as the just-completed BS program; however, the student will have the MS degree, in addition to their BS degree.
- There is no guarantee a BS degree student will be admitted to the UNH MS degree program; the MS program will have a separate admissions process from the BS program.
8. What is the final date someone could graduate with a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree (BS) in athletic training and be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam?
- A student enrolled into an undergraduate athletic training program (BS) after the start of the Fall Term 2022 WILL NOT be eligible for the BOC Exam
- Students enrolled in an athletic training program (BS) for Fall 2022 (and before) WILL be eligible for the BOC Exam (Class of 2026 – see below)
9. What if I’m enrolled for Fall Term 2022 but I don’t graduate for 5 (or 6 or 7, etc.) years; will I still be eligible for the BOC Exam upon graduation?
Yes; the relevant date is WHEN you start your degree, not when it is completed.