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Two Careers, One Admission!

ATDPT Springfield College now offers a dual-entry option for elite applicants combining an undergraduate athletic training degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree in only seven years. This dual degree program is the best route to a career in sport rehabilitation, and will provide graduates with superior opportunities for professional advancement.

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to meet all requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) programs and meets all CAATE standards. The Springfield College athletic training major, developed in 1975, is a challenging, competency-based, professional preparation program leading toward eligibility to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in athletic training. Students will complete clinical experiences under the direct supervision of BOC-certified and Massachusetts-licensed athletic trainers. The supervised clinical experiences take place at Springfield College, as well as in off-campus approved affiliate settings, including high schools, colleges, and health care facilities.

Doctor of Physical Therapy At the end of the fourth year of study, if all academic and curricular requirements have been met, students graduate with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. After earning this degree, students are eligible to sit for the board examination in athletic training while continuing their studies in physical therapy. Starting in the summer after the completion of the bachelor of science, students enter the doctoral program in physical therapy. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), this program allows students to experience the perfect mix of academic and hands-on clinical work needed to become a practicing physical therapist. The program includes 30 weeks spent in one of our 400+ clinical sites throughout the U.S. At the completion of the three years of graduate study, students are awarded a doctorate in physical therapy, and are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Springfield College’s academic programs are enhanced by state-of-the-art facilities


The Allied Health Sciences Center includes:
The Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex features interactive and experiential learning environments including:

Minimal requirement considerations for acceptance:

1. Meet all requirements for entry into both athletic training and pre-physical therapy/doctor of physical therapy degrees

2. Observation Hours
- Total of 20 or more observation hours in a minimum of two different physical therapy settings (i.e. clinic, hospital, school-based, nursing home)
- Total of 10 or more observation hours in a non-clinic based athletic training setting (i.e. high school, college, semi-professional, or professional). This observation should include experiences with pre-participation, participation, and post-participation rehabilitation treatments/coverage
- All observational experiences must be documented and must identify and describe the setting, experience, date, and length, and must be signed by the physical therapist or athletic trainer who supervised the experience
- Observational experiences cannot be related to the applicant’s own athletic experience or to the treatment of an injury sustained by the applicant

3. Recommendation letters (three total)
- Recommendation from an academic instructor who knows the candidate's abilities in math or science
- Clinician’s Recommendations: One from physical therapist and one from athletic trainer
• Recommendations should address candidate’s potential for successfully functioning as a dual-credentialed health care professional
• Recommendations should address candidate’s potential for successfully completing this rigorous dual-degree program