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Health Careers for BSU Students Community Guide: Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and O/P Therapists

Resources on Health Careers suitable for BSU students of all majors to pursue

Preparation for these Professions

What Athletic Trainers Do?

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize physical activity of their patients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Bridgewater State University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and provides both undergraduate and graduate entry-level programs. 



  • Students interested in attending graduate school for Athletic Training should consider a major in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Athletic Training.
  • For non Health-Science majors, common course requirements are Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology. However, each graduate school may have their own individual requirements, so check with schools you are interested in applying to in order to find out specific requirements. 
  • Learn about the BSU Athletic Training graduate program.

Athletic Training Resources:

BLS Athletic Trainer Outlook Handbook 

Athletic Trainer - How to Become One

National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer

What Occupational Therapists Do?

Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.


Most occupational therapists enter the occupation with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. A small number of programs offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy. Admission to occupational therapy programs generally requires a bachelor’s degree and specific coursework, including human biology, human anatomy, and human physiology, statistics, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. However, course requirements vary by school. Many programs also require applicants to have volunteered or worked in an occupational therapy setting.

Occupational Therapy Resources

BLS Occupational Therapy Outlook Handbook

Occupational Therapist - How to Become One

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

What Physical Therapists Do?

Physical therapists, sometimes referred to as PTs, help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.


Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last 3 years; MPT programs require 2 to 3 years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.

Physical Therapy Resources

Information for Prospective Students

BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Physical Therapist - How to Become One

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

What Chiropractors Do?

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients' ailments, such as back or neck pain.


Becoming a chiropractor requires earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and getting a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require 3 years of previous undergraduate college education for admission. The undergraduate required courses include biology inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Although not required, many students earn a bachelor’s degree before going on to a chiropractic program.

Chiropractic Resources

Information for Prospective Students

BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Chiropractors - How to Become One

American Chiropractic Association

Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Chiropractic College Application Service (ChiroCAS)

Contact Information

Health Sciences and Kinesiology Department
Bridgewater State University
Tinsley Center, Rm 232
325 Plymouth St.
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1215
Fax: 508.531.1717

Have Questions?
Contact the Chair
 Professor Karen Richardson

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Preparation for Careers in Sports Medicine

Panelists: Bridgewater State University Alumni

Dr. Lauren McCourt '06, Physical Therapist
Dr, Jesse Mead '05, Chiropractor
Ms. Susan J. Towne '99, Occupational Therapist
Mr. Matthew Whalen '04, Athletic Trainer

Organized by Dr. Pamela J. Russell and Ms. Carol Crosby from Career Services; Produced by TVSBSC
October, 2012, Conant Science & Mathematics Center, Rm. 120