By3 Coursework Or Course

Ohio State’s professional Athletic Training curriculum is housed at the Columbus Campus and leads to eligibility for the Board of Certification’s national Athletic Trainer Certification Examination and to obtain a license to practice in any state. 

It uses an innovative 4-year plan of study with one year as a Pre-Athletic Training student followed by 3 years in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) program. 

First year students complete the yearlong Pre-Athletic Training phase comprised of prerequisite courses / clinical observation and apply for selective secondary admission to the BSAT program during spring semester. 

Thirty students are admitted to the BSAT program each year and they begin hands-on clinical fieldwork in early August of their 2nd year. 

Students admitted to the BSAT program typically complete coursework in the mornings and clinical fieldwork (avg. 20-25 hrs/wk) in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends. 

Most clinical fieldwork is on-campus, but some required clinical fieldwork is community based within a 25-mile radius of campus. Students provide their own transportation. Athletic Training courses are not available at Ohio State’s regional campus. Students beginning at a regional campus typically require two years to complete their prerequisite courses.

Typical Plan of Study

Below is a typical 4-year plan of study. Your own plan will likely differ and you should work with an advisor to create it. 

New students (freshmen) do not directly enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) program. Instead, they begin as Pre-Athletic Training majors completing prerequisite courses and clinical observation. Admission to the BSAT is selective and students apply after beginning prerequisite coursework. 

Professional courses in Athletic Training (course numbers 2100 and higher) are only available to students admitted to the professional program. 

Required clinical fieldwork experiences are associated with courses numbered XX89 and occur in the professional phase of the program.

Career Opportunities

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy (PT) can prepare by taking general education coursework at College of DuPage. With careful course selection, students can earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree while fulfilling many prerequisites for application to a PT degree program. All Physical Therapy entry-level programs are post-baccalaureate.

Successful completion of these courses will not, however, ensure entry into a program. Admission to PT programs is competitive, and prerequisites and other admission requirements vary considerably among schools. Admission is generally based on some combination of transcript evaluation, admission testing, references, writing samples and interviews. Stated prerequisites and grade point averages (GPAs) are generally only minimum requirements for eligibility. A higher GPA may be needed for selection. Some schools offer a 3+3 curricular program where the student takes 3 years of specific pre-physical therapy coursework, followed by 3 years of a professional PT program. Make sure the physical therapy program is accredited. A bachelor’s degree in biology is not necessary, but should offer to provide most of the pre-requisite coursework required by an accredited PT program.

Job Descriptions 

Physical Therapists (PTs) use therapeutic exercise and physical agents such as heat, cold, water and electricity to restore function in patients with physical disease and disability. PTs focus on restoring strength and mobility related to motor function and on pain management. PTs work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and school systems.

Graduation from an accredited program (at the B.S. or M.S. level), passage of a certifying exam, and state licensure are required for practice. Graduation from an accredited program with a MPT, MSPT or DPT followed by passage of state licensure exam are required to practice as a physical therapist. For physical therapy schools to maintain or be granted accredited, all PT programs must transition to awarding the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degree by 2015 and will have until 2017 to be compliant with this decision.

Program Requirements



If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field.

Tara Leszczewicz, DPT
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2335, (630) 942-2265

Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331


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