Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pre-Athletic Training

Dr. Jeff Beer instructs a student

Program Opportunities

  • Major in Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Pre-Athletic Training (Pre-AT concentration)
  • Master of Athletic Training (MAT)
    • Athletic Training 3+2 Option (Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in five years)
    • Traditional Option 4+2 (Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in six years)


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! Athletic trainers serve valuable roles as members of health care teams in a high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics, hospitals and industrial settings.

Major in clinical and rehabilitation sciences with a concentration in pre-athletic training (pre-AT) and you’ll get hands-on clinical experience and training that will prepare you to apply to a graduate program and then test for licensure as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC),

A master’s degree in athletic training is required to meet requirements for certification. Manchester offers a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program, making the transition from our undergraduate program to the MAT easier. And with unique options like Early Assurance and a 3+2 path, you’ll be on the way to your career quicker and more economically.

Athletic Training 3+2 Option

With the Athletic Training 3+2 option, you can pursue an undergraduate degree in clinical and rehabilitation sciences along with a Master of Athletic Training degree in just five years – a process that would normally take six.*

Students who choose the 3+2 option complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree on an accelerated schedule that includes 12 semester-hours of coursework each summer. They attend classes at our residential campus in North Manchester, Ind., earning their bachelor’s degree in just three years. At the end of their second year, they apply for admittance to the MAT professional program.

In the two-year MAT program, they 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.

Some students prefer the traditional path that includes four years of undergraduate study, including student-athletes who intend to maintain four years of athletic eligibility.

Early Assurance

if you’re an incoming first-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a path to becoming an athletic trainer, the AT Early Assurance Program can help you get there more confidently, more assuredly. 
Opt in to the Early Assurance Program when you enroll at Manchester and receive structured guidance to help keep you on track. If eligible you can fill your reserved seat when it comes time for admittance into Manchester’s Master of Athletic Training Program. 

See eligibility requirements here.