Athletic Training Program

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

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The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance composed of the NATA, CAATE, BOC and NATA Research and Education Foundation jointly announced that professional (i.e. entry-level) education for Athletic Trainers will officially move to the master's degree.

Our sister school in our collaboration (West Chester University) will be moving quickly to a Master's program.  As such, the Fall 2016 class will be the last class of our Dual Degree relationship.  We will not continue our program at the graduate level. 

If you are considering the program and are presently enrolled in a university you may still apply until the window closes sometime in the Fall 2016 semester.  Please contact Hank Fijalkowski at 717-871-4227 or email at for more information

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. 

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) 871-4227 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