Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    Jan 27, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology/Pre-Athletic Training (BS.KIN)

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Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.  To become an AT, one must first graduate from a CAATE accredited professional athletic training education program that results in the granting of a master's degree in athletic training (MAT).

This 3+2 program allows students to complete the entire bachelor's and master's degree program in five years, and be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) upon program completion.  Students in the Kinesiology/Pre-AT program complete master's prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, anatomy and physiology.  They also complete courses that provide foundational knowledge in athletic training.

Students will apply to the master's program using the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) by February 1st of their third year.  Acceptance into the MAT program is limited, and merely completing the application process does not guarantee admission.  More information about the application process and selection criteria can be found at CU's Athletic Training website.

The fourth and fifth years are dedicated to the MAT didactic and clinical coursework.  Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Pre-AT degree after the fourth year.  The MAT program takes two full years, including two summer semesters, to complete.  The design of the new master's degree program allows students to become immersed in athletic training didactic and clinical content courses because the foundational knowledge and general education courses will be complete before students enter the master's program.  The MAT curriculum sequence can be viewed at CU's Athletic Training website.


The mission of the Kinesiology Program at Castleton University is to provide a comprehensive and progressive academic experience that will prepare students for a wide range of career paths related to fitness, wellness, and healthcare.  A Kinesiology degree can open the doorway to many healthcare related professions.  Specifically, the Kinesiology/Pre-Athletic Training Program prepares students to enter the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program at Castleton University.          

The Kinesiology Program embraces the overall mission of Castleton University to provide a transformational education that emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional studies while also offering graduate programs.  The Kinesiology Program strives to prepare students for relevant and meaningful careers in a global economy; advanced academic pursuits; and engaged, environmentally responsible citizenship.


The Kinesiology Program will prepare students to:

  1. Think critically and effectively apply content knowledge to real world situations and tasks.
  2. Demonstrate professionally responsible behavior.
  3. Utilize effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Secure employment in a kinesiology-related field, or gain admission to a graduate program of study.

Non-MAT Option (12 cr)

Students who do not enter the MAT program after the three-year mark will have the option to complete an alternate curriculum plan in the fourth year in order to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  The 4th year alternate plan for the BS in Kinesiology degree involves completing 12 credits from the following:

  • PED 4910 - Senior Thesis  3 cr
  • Complete an internship in Allied Health Science 1-3 cr
  • And complete the remaining credits from these courses (6-8 cr):

Allied Health Science Category

AHS 4152 - Pathophysiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 cr

AHS 4160 - Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription 4 cr

AHS 4170 - Enhancement of Athletic Performance 3 cr

AHS 4220 - Scientific Foundations of Strength and Conditioning I 3 cr

AHS 4221 - Scientific Foundations of Strength and Conditioning II 3 cr

AHS 4260 - Nutrient Metabolism and Athletic Performance 3 cr

PED 2072 - Advanced Strength and Conditioning 1 cr

Psychology/Sociology Category

PSY 1050 - Human Growth and Development 3 cr

PSY 2170 - Drugs and Behavior 3 cr

PSY 3130 - Health Psychology 3 cr

PSY 3410 - Biopsychology 4 cr

PHI 3020 - Medical Ethics 3 cr

CHE 1042 - General Chemistry II 4 cr

CHE 2111 - Organic Chemistry I 4 cr

PHY 1052 - General Physics II 4 cr

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