Athletic training started at Pacific as an internship program. Under the Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department within College of the Pacific, the bachelor of science in athletic training program earned initial accreditation in May 2003 and was granted continued accreditation status in August 2008.


Recently, the national accrediting body recommended that all candidates sitting for the certification exam have a master’s degree. Pacific has embraced this opportunity and in 2017 hired Thomas “TK” Koesterer, PhD, ATC, program director and associate clinical professor of athletic training to launch the master of science and athletic training (MSAT) program. In April 2018, the MSAT program joined the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“We are one of a few institutions to offer this program, which puts us at the forefront of this change.”

The full-time, two-year graduate program prepares students to become highly qualified health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation for athletes and active patients. The first cohort began in July 2018.

Chris Pond, director of athletic training, has been at Pacific for more than 25 years and provides exceptional hands-on experiential learning opportunities for athletic training students. “We are one of a few institutions to offer this program, which puts us at the forefront of this change,” said Pond.

2 years
Deadline May 1

Pacific’s athletic training alumni continue to thrive. One hundred percent of the bachelor of science in athletic training class of 2018 passed the national certification exam on their first attempt. Pacific’s athletic training graduates have gone on to secure positions with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, Oregon State University, Washington State University and other universities.

University of the Pacific is currently seeking accreditation for our new master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process by Oct. 1, 2019, with a projected accreditation date in spring 2020, with our first graduating class.

By Dua Her '09
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