Huntington to launch 3-2 athletic training program with Manchester

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Huntington University will launch an innovative new program in pre-athletic training this fall.

This 3-2 program will prepare students for athletic training with three years of undergraduate study at Huntington and two years of graduate work at Manchester College.

"Athletic trainers play a significant role in the health care of athletes. Through a broad preparation in both academic and practical experience, they provide sports team with services and education for injury prevention, evaluation of athletic trauma, immediate care and rehabilitation," said Dr. Matthew Ruiz, associate professor of exercise science. "This 3-2 program will equip students for this in-demand field while helping them to graduate in less time with less debt."

After three semesters at Huntington, students must apply to enter the 3-2 program before a board of HU and Manchester faculty members. After successful completion of five years in the program, students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-athletic training from Huntington and a Master of Athletic Training degree from Manchester.

"There is a large and growing demand for athletic training experts in the workforce. In coming years, professionals without a master's degree will be underprepared to meet the realities of the industry," Ruiz said. "This partnership with Manchester will ensure that our students are ready and equipped to enter the workforce."