Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Exercise Science – Athletic Training 3+2 Program

This page is for students entering college at the undergraduate level. If you already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in direct entry into Manchester’s two-year Master of Athletic Training Program, click here.


Imagine an internship with an NFL team, a ballet, or a leading orthopedic firm. By pursuing a degree in athletic training, you’ll have amazing opportunities! You’ll get hands-on clinical experience and training that will prepare you to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). At Manchester, you’ll acquire the tools to become integral members of health care teams in high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals and industrial settings.

Through the Athletic Training 3+2 program, you can pursue an undergraduate degree in Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences along with a Master of Athletic Training degree in just five years, including summer sessions – a process that would normally take six.*

*Some student-athletes choose to take the full six years to complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to maintain four years of athletic eligibility.

Students in MU’s Athletic Training 3+2 program attend undergraduate classes at our residential campus in North Manchester, Ind., earning their undergraduate degree in Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences, including the required courses to apply to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program. The final two years are in the MAT professional program, in which students study at our Fort Wayne, Ind., campus, where they have enhanced access to internships, clinical experiences and all the amenities offered by the second largest city in Indiana.

Beginning in 2022, individuals who wish to become Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) must possess a master’s degree from an accredited Athletic Training education program.

Here’s how the 3+2 program works:

  • Students enter Manchester University as first-year students and declare an undergraduate major in Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Students then complete the requirements for this undergraduate degree on an accelerated schedule, completing 12 semester-hours of coursework each summer in addition to completing courses in the Fall, January, and Spring semesters each year. 
  • At the end of the students’ second year, they can choose to apply for admittance to the MAT program. 
  • After completing the undergraduate degree requirements in the third year, students then begin their graduate studies the following summer at our campus in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • When the requirements for the MAT are completed, students are “certification-eligible”, meaning they are eligible to take the certification examination leading to the Certified Athletic Trainer credential (ATC).
    Students who elect not to pursue the MAT degree or are not accepted to the MAT program, have completed the undergraduate degree in three years.

Program Highlights

  • Has been in existence since 2010
  • Is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 
  • Has an excellent track record for graduates who take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination – 100% have passed, with 95% passing on their first attempt.

Why Manchester?

  • Students complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years, instead of six, thus saving a full year of tuition.
  • Students are eligible for employment as an athletic trainer one year earlier (assuming successful completion of the BOC examination and meeting specific state licensure requirements). 
  • Both the undergraduate major and the MAT program are academically strong and demonstrate a proven record of graduate success.