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Bethel's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biokinetics is a condensed program designed to prepare students for the M.S. in Athletic Training. Students wishing to become athletic trainers will be able to meet new certification requirements and finish both degrees in as few as five years.

Why should I study biokinetics as a precursor to athletic training?

Bethel's rapidly-growing Biokinetics program prepares applied scientists who can address a wide range of health needs related to lifestyle, aging, physical performance, and inactivity. Utilizing state-of-the-art labs, students examine human biological systems, and their reaction to stressors on the body, in order to develop strategies for preventing disease and injury, improving physical performance, and increasing quality of life.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is specifically designed for students who are continuing on to the M.S. in Athletic Training. In this 5-year program, students take three years of undergraduate coursework followed by the master's program. Students benefit from Bethel's small class sizes and incredible undergraduate research opportunities while also meeting heightened clinical requirements for athletic trainers. 

What can I do with this degree?

Students will have the opportunity to become certified athletic trainers at the culmination of this program. They’ll be well-equipped to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Universities

  • High schools

  • Sports medicine centers

  • Orthopedic clinics

  • Professional sport teams

  • Industrial settings

  • Medical sales

Bethel’s athletic training program received initial accreditation in 2001, and alumni have been employed at a number of different organizations including:

  • Minnesota Lynx

  • Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Minnesota Wild

  • New York Islanders

  • Institute for Athletic Medicine

  • Mayo Sports Medicine

  • MotionCare

  • NovaCare Rehabilitation

  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists

  • Summit Orthopedics

  • TRIA Orthopedics

  • Twin Cities Orthopedics

  • Concordia University - St. Paul

  • University of Minnesota

  • University of Northwestern - St. Paul

  • University of St. Thomas

What skills will I develop?

  • Bring together faith and biblical truth with athletic training disciplines

  • Develop collaboration skills and compassion for others

  • Build hands-on skills through a variety of didactic and clinical experiences

  • Think critically and creatively about complex situations

  • Conduct evidence-based research and apply learning to industry

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in a variety of contexts

  • Reflect meaningfully on current events and issues in the field of athletic training

  • Advocate for patients within the overall healthcare context and develop plans for holistic wellness

  • Identify and examine a meaningful issue in the field, and present research through a Master's Project

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Students will take full advantage of Bethel’s robust liberal arts experience and unique Christ-centered learning environment, but also gain the clinical network and academic excellence of Bethel’s graduate school. But because of this condensed pathway, students can get certified as athletic trainers quickly and with less cost than other bachelor’s-master’s program combinations.

Our state-of-the-art labs were built in 2015, giving students dedicated space to examine human biological systems and their reaction to stressors on the body. On-campus clinical experiences, 1,000 hours of off-campus clinical experience, internships, and classroom learning give students strategies for preventing injury, improving physical performance and recovery, and increasing quality of life.

Students will identify an athletic training problem/issue and examine it through theories and research. They'll analyze recent literature and make recommendations utilizing evidence-based practices.


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