Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training/Biology --------- MU/WCU Dual Degree Program

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As you consider career choices, we would like you to think seriously about a new program here at MU that is offered jointly with West Chester University located near Philadelphia.

What this means for you is that you can earn 2 degrees from 2 schools in 4 years. More importantly, you will only need to study at the West Chester campus the summer of your sophomore year.

The program is called the Dual Degree Program, and you will receive a bachelor’s degree from Millersville and another bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from West Chester, both at the same time. Millersville offers two choices in your course of study. A degree in Biology or a new option in Allied Health Technologies. You will learn all your hands-on skills under the guidance of our MU Certified Athletic Trainers working directly with the men and women's Marauder athletic teams, or a local high school or college.           

Enrollment is limited and based on your prior academic achievement.  Minimum guidelines for the interview include:

  • Combined SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections only) score of about 1070 and/or class rank in the top 20% of the high school class;
  • High school coursework in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics, and Advanced Math;
  • Experience in high school athletics as a participant and/or student athletic trainer aide is preferred;
  • Letters of recommendation from coaches, physicians, athletic trainers, teachers and/or other allied health professionals may be submitted, but are not required.

Students who are unsure about this career choice should consider shadowing a Certified Athletic Trainer, perhaps even volunteering in the MU athletic training room to see if this would be a good fit for you. Important note: An interview is required for acceptance into the program.  The once yearly interviews take place at the beginning of the spring semester.

Interested? The first step is to apply to Millersville University. Students admitted to the University and who meet the program eligibility requirements will receive an invitation to interview on campus. Interviews typically take place in mid-January, mid-February and early-April. For current MU students thinking of changing academic majors or for those who are undeclared, volunteering in the Athletic Training room is a great way to make sure you’re making the right choice.

There is only one cohort per year which begins in the fall semester. Interviews take place in the beginning of the calendar year.  Seats are severely limited and once the class is filled students may have to wait until the following year for consideration.

Currently all requests for transfer into the Dual Degree Program, either by students from other universities or by MU students looking to change majors, are handled on a case by case basis. The number of students accepted in this manner depends upon the number of openings available in that year. This selection process is competitive.

See the report that a MU Communication Major did on the Athletic Training program on You Tube

Current WCU Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Performance

For more information about the program call Hank Fijalkowski, MS, ATC at (717) 872-3870 or email:


Above is a photo of former athletic training student Sarah Ernesto who graduated in 1/14 from Arcadia University with a doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She was also honored as the 2013 winner of $10,000.00 scholarship from the Otho Davis Foundation. Otho Davis was the long time athletic trainer for the Phidelphia Eagles from 1973 to 1995. He has been named to the Hall of Fame of a number of athletic training associations and is on the Philadelphia Eagle Honor Roll.  Below is a picture of her and her fiance with Ron Jaworski at the awards ceremony.

S Ernesto scholarship award

5 reasons to consider the Dual Degree program

  1. Two different college degrees from two different schools in four years.
  2. More marketable -- The dual degree program will enable MU students to be more marketable than a traditional athletic training degree or a traditional biology degree. The trend in the allied health and medical professions is to hire individuals capable of performing multiple tasks (cross training).
  3. Pre-requisites in four years -- Upon completion of the dual degree, students will have completed the pre-requisites for application to the following allied health programs: Physicians Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing. To fulfill requirements for application to Medical School, students would only need to take one additional course.
  4. Long history -- Over the years, Millersville University has sponsored many students for the BOC exam through the internship route. Several MU students qualified for the national certification exam by completing specialized coursework through the highly successful "summer program" offered by West Chester University. Designed primarily to meet the needs of students from local colleges and universities, the WCU summer program provided students with a quality educational experience in course work not typically offered through their school's "internship route." This was made possible, in part because West Chester University, Department of Sports Medicine offered an excellent "curriculum" program during the regular academic year. Therefore, the summer program became a natural offshoot of the regular program. The summer program helped to meet the needs of the community and region. The dual degree program described here makes use of the curriculum at WCU (summer program) already in existence.
  5. No need to commute between two campuses. Students will be required to spend the summer of their Sophomore year at West Chester. Other coursework will take place at MU either in the traditional classroom or via video-conferencing in Stayer Hall on campus.


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