Pre-Athletic Training

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In the Pre-Athletic Training Concentration within the B.S. in Exercise Science program, you will learn about rehabilitation and prevention of injuries, therapeutic exercise, and other specialized topics essential for a graduate program in Athletic Training. Once you earn a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Vermont State, you will be ready to apply to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree and will be eligible for certification as an Athletic Trainer (ATC).

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Justin Carlstrom, Ph.D.

Exercise Science Program Coordinator

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Why Study Pre-Athletic Training at Vermont State

  • Working With Athletes: Our internship program offers many opportunities to work with athletes at the high school, college, and semi-professional levels. 
  • Strong Career Potential: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for athletic trainers is expected to grow 17% by 2031, far above the national average. 
  • Hands-On Experience: With a level of hands-on experience unique for undergraduate students, you can graduate with up to two years of professional experience in the field. 
  • National Certifications: All Exercise Science concentrations contain one or more national certification preparation courses embedded within the curriculum — providing additional job opportunities and enhancing your application to graduate schools. 


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (2009-present) in coordination with the American College of Sports Medicine. 

The program is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program (2005-present).  

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Sample Courses

  • Foundations of Orthopedic Evaluation 
  • Nutrition for Health and Fitness 
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology 
  • Physiology of Exercise 
  • Kinesiology 
  • Internship in Exercise Science 

Student Stories

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“With what students can do in their upper-level classes, we get a sense of what our career is going to be like because it’s all hands-on. We have opportunities that other schools don’t offer and it gives us another step in the right direction.” 

Faith Poirier

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