Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Master of Science in Athletic Training

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Requirements for the BS Portion of the BS, NS/AT Curriculum: 137 credits

1. MAJOR:  92 credits

  • BCH317 Bio-Organic Chemistry Lecture (3)
  • BIO109/L-110/L General Biology I-II (3/1; 3/1) — CT
  • BIO330/L-340/L General Anatomy; General Physiology (4/0; 4/0)
  • ATH523/L Foundational Concepts in Rehabilitation (4/0)
  • CHE110/L-111/L Chemistry I-II (4/0; 4/0)
  • PHY201/L-202/L Physics I-II (3/1; 3/1)
  • ATH101 Introduction to Athletic Training (1)
  • ATH201 Seminar in Athletic Training (2)
  • ATH500/L Introduction to Emergency Athletic Care (3/0)
  • ATH509/L Gross Anatomy (6/0)
  • ATH510/L Pathology and Clinical Examination I (4/0)
  • ATH511/L Pathology and Clinical Examination II (4/0)
  • ATH580 Research Methods (3) – ILIT, RP, WI
  • ATH590 Athletic Training: Practical Application I (3)
  • HPR301/L Physiology of Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Assessment (3/0)
  • HPR317/L Human Motion:  Principles and Perspectives (4/0)
  • NSC342 Biomaterials (3)
  • BIO117 Human Nutrition (3)
  • HPR200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2)
    • HPR208 Health Promotion & Education (3) – CT
    • EDU203 Learning Theory (3)
    • PT312 Principles of Teaching and Learning (3) — ILIT
    • Natural & Health Science Electives: Select 9 credits from the listing below.

2. CORE: 45 credits

  • CMP101 English Composition (3) — CS; ILIT; WI
  • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3) — CS; ILIT; UD; WI.
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3) — CT; QL
  • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) — CI
  • NSC 310 Biostatistics (3)
  • Service Learning (3) – CR
    • Humanities & Social Sciences: 12 credits
      The 12 credits in Humanities and Social Sciences count as core only if they have a competency.
  • Core Electives: 12 credits

MS, Athletic Training: 38 credits

  • ATH501/L Foundations of Athletic Training I (2/0)
  • ATH502 Foundations of Athletic Training II (2)
  • ATH513 Pathology and Clinical Examination III: Concussion (1)
  • ATH515 Exercise Testing and Prescription (2)
  • ATH520/L Therapeutic Agents (3/0)
  • ATH522 General Medical Conditions (4)
  • ATH524 Sports Nutrition (2)
  • ATH525 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3)
  • ATH530 Psychosocial Aspects in Athletic Training (3)
  • ATH592/593/594 Athletic Training: Practical Application II/III/IV (3/3/3)
  • PH595 Cultural Competency and Health Disparities (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: BS (137); MS (34) = 171 credits

Natural Science or Health Science Electives

Please refer to your online program evaluation for the list of Natural Science electives.

A minimum grade of C is required. Note that some courses have prerequisites (consult course descriptions in Student Planning or the Daemen catalog ).

Humanities and Social Science Requirements

In order to assure sufficient breadth and depth of understanding of a liberal arts education, students will complete a minimum of 6 credits of studies in at least two areas in humanities and social sciences in addition to composition studies. Therefore, a student must complete 4 courses (12 credits) total in Humanities/Social Sciences: 2 courses taken in one designated area of Humanities/Social Sciences, and 2 courses taken in another designated area in Humanities/Social Sciences (Example: 2 courses taken in History [HST – formerly HIS], and 2 courses taken in Psychology [PSY]). Humanities/Social Science course designations are: Economics (ECO); Fine Arts (Art [ART], Theatre [THA]); Foreign Languages (Chinese [CHI], French [FRE], Italian [ITA], Spanish [SPA]); History (HST – formerly HIS); Humanities; Literature (LIT); Music; Philosophy (PHI); Political Science (PSC)–formerly Government (GVT); Psychology (PSY); Religious Studies (REL); Sociology (SOC).

Program Structure

  1. This program leads to multiple degrees. Degrees are conferred separately: the BS, upon completion of all baccalaureate requirements; the MS AT upon completion of the entire BS and MS AT requirements.
  2. The Biology minor is earned as part of the BS, Natural Science major, Health Science specialization.
  3. Prior to the start of the Athletic Training Program (Year 4), all course work referenced in the first 3 years must be completed in full

First-Year Student Admission Criteria

  1. All students admitted as freshmen who remain in good academic standing and fulfill all program requirements will be guaranteed progression into the graduate portion of the dual degree program.
  2. All students must complete all the requirements for a baccalaureate degree by the end of the first year (year four) of the Athletic Training Program.
  3. Minimum Freshmen Admission Criteria include: High School average of 90 and SAT score of 1080 and/or ACT score of 21.
  4. Students wishing to pursue Athletic Training, but not meeting the freshmen criteria for admission into the designated NATSCI/AT major may apply for admission into the NAT SCI Health Science (upon meeting entry requirements for that degree program) and may then be re-evaluated for Athletic Training upon fulfilling entry requirements.
  5. Admittance into the Athletic Training Program is a competitive process.  All who apply for the Athletic Training Program may not be admitted.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Natural Science/AT will be required to submit standardized test scores for first-year admittance considerations.

Transfer Student Admission Criteria

  1. Selection process for transfer student admission to the Athletic Training Program is based on space availability, level of performance in meeting the prerequisite coursework requirements (grades/GPA) and number of credits completed at Daemen College.
  2. Students may enter the Athletic Training Program at any point as pre-Athletic Training Program students (years 1, 2, or 3). Transfer students will be accepted as NATSCI/AT majors based on previous academic performance and space availability. Transfer students will complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in the Natural Science, Health Science program and upon fulfillment of requirements (see below) may apply for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
  3. Minimum Admission Criteria for the NATSCI/AT major include: 75 overall GPA and 2.75 prerequisite GPA in previous college course credits to be transferred. If a student transfers in fewer than 24 credits, high school requirements will be used to determine eligibility (see high school requirements above).
  4. Students wishing to pursue Athletic Training, but not meeting the criteria for admission into the NATSCI/AT major pool, will not be guaranteed progression to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program.
  5. For further detailed information regarding transfer applications, students may contact the Admissions Office.

Progression into the Athletic Training Program

Students apply for progression to the Athletic Training Program in the Spring semester of Year 3. Students must complete the requirements stipulated below by the final day of the Spring semester classes prior to the start of the Athletic Training Program.

  1. Applicants for progression must earn a letter grade of ‘C’ or better in all courses required by the major.
  2. Applicants for progression must possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the end of the pre-Athletic Training Program course work, and earn a letter grade of ‘C’ or better in the following: CMP101, CMP315, NSC310, PSY103.
  3. Applicants for progression must possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and earn a letter grade of ‘C’ or better in the following prerequisite courses (lectures and labs):  PHY201/L-202/L, BIO109/L-110/L, BIO117, BIO330/L, BIO340/L, CHE110/L-111/L, HCS200, HCS301/L, HCS317/L.
  4. Grades earned in courses transferred into Daemen will be included in the overall and prerequisite GPAs.
  5. Applicants for progression who earns a grade below C in any science course taken at Daemen College must repeat that course at Daemen College.
  6. Applicants for progression may repeat any required science course only once and may repeat no more than 3 required science courses. A maximum of 3 course repeats are allowed regardless of whether the course was repeated to elevate the grade above a C or simply to elevate the grade in order to elevate the GPA.


  • Consideration will be given to applicants with an overall and/or prerequisite GPA of 2.75 to 2.5 if the applicant demonstrates evidence to succeed as determined by the Athletic Training Department, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • evaluation of the applicant’s last 60 credit hours
    • evaluation of the applicant’s Athletic Training Program Admission interview
  • Conditional Acceptance may be considered if an applicant:
    • is in his/her final semester of a Bachelor degree program.
    • is in the process of completing prerequisite coursework or other requirements.
    • is deficient in no more than one (1) prerequisite course.  That course must be successfully completed by the start of his/her first fall semester of the Athletic Training program.

Other Requirements

  1. Applicants for progression must submit an Athletic Training Program application.
  2. Applicants for progression must submit documentation of at least 50 hours of athletic training clinical observation, 15 of which must be in the Daemen College Athletic Training Room.
  3. Applicants for progression must submit two character references (one must be from a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer).
  4. Applicants for progression must submit copies of current CPR/AED and First Aid cards.
  5. Selected applicants for progression (based on GPA, clinical observation hours, and references) will be invited for a personal interview.
  6. Applicants for progression must submit a signed Technical Standards Verification form.
  7. If granted admittance to progress, students must submit a Letter of Intent to progress to the Athletic Training Program.

Requirements for Continuance in the Program

Detailed information on policies relative to academic requirements to maintain good academic standing in the program is available from the Athletic Training Department and is also published in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.

Graduation Requirements

BS portion of the Program (BS, NAT SCI Health Science):

  1. All students must have a minimum grade of C or better in all courses in the Natural Science portion of the curriculum. This includes all courses under the Major and MTH 134.
  2. All students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

MS portion of the Program (MS, Athletic Training):

  1. All students must satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Athletic Training Department.
  2. All students must complete a minimum of 800 clinical education experience hours.
  3. All students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.
  4. All students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all Athletic Training Program courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the, BS/MS Natural Sciences AT program, from the Athletic Training Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.


Daemen College reserves the right to make changes to the Athletic Training curriculum, program entrance criteria, and/or program and graduation requirements. Detailed information on minimum grade requirements and other requirements for good academic standing in the Athletic Training Program is available from the Health Promotion and Athletic Training departments. A minimum grade of C or “Pass” (for courses graded as Pass/Fail) in all courses is required in the Athletic Training Program. All enrolled students must meet all requirements if changed or amended by Daemen College.