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Combined Degree: Exercise Science B.S. and Athletic Training MAT

Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both.

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Program Overview

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both the B.S. in exercise science and MAT in athletic training within the accelerated time frame.

Students interested in the combined degree program will follow the undergraduate coursework for exercise science - clinical emphasis with approved substitutions. Undergraduate exercise science majors apply to the athletic training program in the fall of their junior year. Application requirements include:

  • All prerequisite courses completed with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Earned a minimum of C in all courses.
  • Two recommendations.
  • Academic transcripts, resume/CV, and writing samples.
  • Minimum of 75 hours of documented observation.
  • Health care provider CPR/AED and first aid certifications.

Why Pursue Combined Degrees at Grand Valley?

  • Personal attention by faculty in all courses and labs in our student-centered program.
  • Consistent high pass rates on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for athletic trainers. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.
  • Respond to emerging job markets.
  • Meet the growing national need for more master's trained employees.
  • Gain valuable internship and career opportunities through partnerships in the West Michigan area.

Location & Format

All undergraduate and graduate students in this program meet on Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students will earn a maximum of 12 graduate credits during their undergraduate program from the courses listed below. Students are encouraged to work with faculty advisors to ensure all requirements are met. Students may dual-count 12 credits from the following courses toward their degrees:

  • ATH 514 Assessment and Evaluation
  • ATH 521 Athletic Training Clinical I
  • ATH 523 Methods of Evidence Based Practice
  • ATH 525 Pre-hospital Care of Injured Patients

Career Options

Graduates in the field of athletic training can be found anywhere people are active. This includes professional sports organizations, hospitals, clinics, colleges and universities, military, and the performing arts.

Skills Employers Want

The Athletic Training degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Basic Life Support
  • Medical Records
  • Injury Prevention
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Injury

Source: EMSI, 2020

For More Information

Department of Movement Science

Shari Bartz-Smith, Ph.D., Program Director
10807 North Campus Drive
4400 KHS
(616) 331-3515