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Start Your Journey Towards Becoming an Athletic Trainer

The PAFM program at SRU prepares you to become an Athletic Trainer

Physical Activity & Fitness Management: Pre-Athletic Training

Offered by: Physical and Health Education

Choose PAFM if you're preparing for graduate study and a career as an Athletic Trainer.

Why Choose PAFM: Pre-Athletic Training?

A degree in Physical Activity & Fitness Management (PAFM) with a focus on pre-athletic training is for people who are passionate about helping others reach their health, sports, and performance goals. This degree will combine academic content and practical application of learning. An education at SRU sets students apart and trains them to succeed in athletic training or other professions in the field of physical activity. We provide excellent opportunities for student-faculty research, internships, and other types of career development through the major.


PAFM Pre-Athletic Training SRU 3+2: Earn a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your PAFM major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU AT graduate program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU AT graduate program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU AT graduate program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program.

PAFM Pre-Athletic Training (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your PAFM major and the pre-requisites for the SRU AT graduate program and apply to the SRU AT graduate program in your senior year.

PAFM Direct Admit (SRU 3+2 or SRU Traditional paths): Students admitted to SRU during the Fall 2023 semester or after, are granted direct acceptance into both the PAFM major and Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program.  Students will work with an academic advisor to follow either the SRU 3+2 or SRU Traditional pathway to make sure they remain in good academic standing and meet the requirements for both programs. 

Careers In Athletic Training

Upon completion of the PAFM undergraduate program and the Master of Science in Athletic Training  program, you will be well prepared to embark on your career as an Athletic Trainer, a growing profession with increasing demand.  Graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully work and collaborate with other medical professionals to optimize the activity and wellness of patients and clients in sport, work, and life.


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