List of Schools that Offer Sports Medicine Programs

Oct 16, 2019

There are a variety of sports medicine colleges that may offer undergraduate and/or graduate sports medicine degree programs. See a list of colleges with sports med programs and learn about the different program levels.

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Sports Medicine Colleges

There are several colleges and universities across the United States that offer degree programs in sports medicine. These programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels and may offer sports medicine as a major or an additional concentration in a field like kinesiology or exercise science. Below is a list of some of the institutions that offer an undergraduate and/or graduate degree program in sports medicine.

  • Pepperdine University
  • Belhaven University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Virginia
  • Rice University
  • Cedarville University
  • University of Western States
  • Westfield State University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • College of the Sequoias

These colleges are spread across the country, from Westfield State University in Massachusetts to Pepperdine University in California. Several of these schools are public institutions, such as the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Virginia, while others are private schools, like Rice University and Cedarville University. These colleges also vary in tuition rates. For example, Rice University in Texas had an undergraduate tuition rate of $47,350 for 2018 to 2019, while the University of Pittsburgh had an undergraduate tuition rate of $19,080 for the same year.

Sports Med Programs

Students can pursue a sports medicine degree all the way from the associate's level to the doctoral level. Most of these degree programs are on-campus, but some programs may offer some online sports medicine courses. Here you can explore the different levels of sports medicine degree programs.

Undergraduate Programs in Sports Medicine

At the undergraduate level, students can pursue an associate's in sports medicine or a bachelor's in sports medicine. Associate's degree programs may be offered as an Associate of Science (AS) degree, and some schools, like the College of the Sequoias, may pair sports medicine with other topics, like exercise science and/or athletic training. Associate's degree programs typically take 2 years to complete and may include courses in:

  • Sports injuries
  • Nutrition
  • Assessment
  • Rehabilitation

At the bachelor's level, a sports medicine major may result in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in the field. These programs typically include more advanced hands-on experiences than an associate's degree program and may require an internship experience. Some bachelor's degree programs, such as the sports medicine program at Cedarville University, may be part of a dual degree program where students can go on to earn their master's in athletic training. Students in traditional bachelor's degree programs in sports medicine may complete the program in 4 years and take courses in topics like:

  • Physiology of exercise
  • Anatomy
  • Biostatistics
  • Motor control
  • Human movement

Graduate Programs in Sports Medicine

Master's and doctoral degree programs are also available in sports medicine. Master's degree programs in the field usually result in a Master of Science (MS) degree and traditionally these programs take 2 years to complete. These degree programs may offer a thesis or non-thesis track and/or may be available in a hybrid format, like the master's program at Westfield State University, where students take some coursework online and complete hands-on lab and practicum experiences on-campus. Students in master's degree programs may take courses in subjects like:

  • Lab techniques
  • Research
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Biomechanics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs may be offered in related fields, such as the PhD in Kinesiology program at the University of Virginia that offers a concentration in sports medicine. These programs typically require a dissertation and take 4 years to complete. These programs may also include research internships, as well as courses in topics like:

  • Statistics
  • Clinical biomechanics
  • Evidence-based sports medicine
  • Kinesiology

Careers in Sports Medicine

Undergraduate degree programs in sports medicine typically help prepare students for further education and/or medical training. For example, students in bachelor's degree programs in sports medicine may pursue advanced education in fields like:

  • Athletic training
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physical therapy
  • Pharmacy

Master's degree programs in sports medicine are usually designed for athletic trainers and other health professionals that may encounter sport-related injuries and illnesses. Doctoral degree programs in sports medicine typically lead to research-based careers in the field and/or educators of the field.

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