Welcome to the Bridgewater State University Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Programs!


Our undergraduate program is 120 credits which meets the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation standards where the first two years at BSU are spent in gaining foundational knowledge that will be used in future classes and clinical experience.  We stress to students the need to be aware information learned in one class is in fact, a foundation for knowledge and higher level thinking in other classes.  Therefore, students who major in athletic training are expected to recognize knowledge is learned not only for the present moment, but also for the long-term, hence, we strive to create our graduates to be lifelong learners. Admittance to the professional phase is competitive in nature (please click here for the program admission information).


Our graduate program is a 51-credit Entry Level Master (ELM) program which also meets the CAATE accreditation standards and is completed in 2 years. Students have the opportunity to gain solid didactic content and then apply this into their clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a qualified health care practitioner. Students must complete specific pre-requisite courses (please click here for the program admission information).


Clinical education placements for both programs occur in a variety of settings including: 

  • High school settings in Southeast Massachusetts, Greater Boston and Rhode Island

  • College/university settings in Southeast Massachusetts, Greater Boston and Rhode Island

  • Non-orthopedic (hospital/health service center)


We encourage you to come visit and see our facilities and faculty.  We wish you the best in your professional endeavors.


Dr. Maurer-Starks, Program Director

Dr. Phil  Szlosek, Clinical Education Coordinator

Our Mission
Our History

Overall Mission

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Bridgewater State University develops competent athletic trainers who can effectively provide exceptional health care to improve the quality of life for patients. 


Clinical Mission

 Clinical education provides diverse patient care experiences to synthesize and apply knowledge preparing students for practice in a variety of healthcare environments.

ATP Goals & Objectives

  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills delineated in the NATA Athletic Traiing Educational Competencies.

  • Display ethical behavior in accordance with professional standards.

  • Collect, interpret, and disseminate information in an effective manner.

  • Display effective oral and written communication skills that are appropriate to the population being addressed.

  • Recognize the athletic trainer's role in the present and emerging health care arena.

  • Appreciate the need for science-based efficacy of our profession through on going research and publication.

  • Permeate basic behaviors into professional practice non-discriminatory with respect to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, political, or religious affiliation.

Bridgewater State University is the second largest state university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was founded in 1840. The University served a mission in teacher training until it transitioned to a liberal arts college in 1960. Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a comprehensive public university serving the residents of southeastern Massachusetts. BSU is a master's university according to the Carnegie classifications and enrolls approximately 12,000 students, roughly 10,000 of which are undergraduates. The University's athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division III level. The graduate athletic training program was first accredited in 1996. The program has grown from awarding 5 degrees in 2007 to 16 in 2011. There are five tenured or tenure track Certified Athletic Trainers among the faculty in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies Department at BSU, three of whom have specific duties to the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs.