Entry-Level Master of Science in Athletic Training

Department of Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are allied health/sports medicine professionals responsible for the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of the physically active population. Athletic trainers perform under a physician's direction and are typically employed with professional teams, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, industry, and other various settings.

The program of study is an entry-level MS program. It is intended for students seeking certification and registration or licensure as an athletic trainer. Students must successfully complete 70 graduate credits over 23 consecutive months, including clinical experiences, and other requirements to be awarded the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.

Students interested in athletic training should be aware that enrollment is competitive and limited to a maximum 16 students per year. Fulfillment of requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection for admission is based on several elements including academic record, professional exploration, essay, recommendations.  Interviews will also be required of 3 + 2 candidates.  Students must apply as a 3+2 candidate or have evidence of a completed bachelor's degree.  However, there are no requirements in terms of the prospective student's undergraduate major.

Assistant Professor/Chair: Dr. Hal Strough

General Information

The program is accredited by the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students should be aware they must be a graduate of an accredited program in order to be eligible for the BOC, Inc. (Board of Certification, Inc.) certification exam. Students that complete the exam would also be eligible for licensure/registration in any state throughout the country, except Texas which requires a separate state licensure exam.

Students should anticipate two academic years and two summers of study, the first of two occurring prior to the first academic year. The first summer session will involve academic coursework while the second summer session consists of an internship which must be secured by the student. Required clinical experiences are completed during the two academic years and second summer. These experiences frequently require commitments outside of the normal academic day and semester including evenings and weekends and, in some instances, necessitate personal transportation to clinical sites off campus. Students should keep these realities in mind when considering employment and other extracurricular obligations. They should also anticipate purchasing appropriate clothing for various clinical settings.

MS in 5 Option (AT-MS5)

There will be a maximum of five slots in the program available to students through the MS in 5 option. Students enrolled at CSS may apply for the MS in 5 option during fall of their junior (or equivalent) year. Transfer candidates must complete a minimum of 12 CSS credits prior to application. At the conclusion of the fourth year students will receive a BA in Health Sciences. Requirements for the BA in Health Sciences are as follows:

BA in Health Sciences, Athletic Training Concentration

ATR 3000 Introduction to Athletic Training (2), BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4), BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4), CHM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for Health Science Majors (4) or CHM 1110 General Chemistry (4), EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4), PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4), PSY 3331 Statistics (4), PSY 1105 General Psychology (4).

A minimum 6 Credits from the following: ATR 3001 Service Learning in Athletic Training (2), BIO 1036 Cell Biology (2), BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4), EXP 3321 Kinesiology (4), EXP 3323 Sports Nutrition (4), HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4), PSC 2002 Physics II (4), PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4), PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2), PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology (4).

In addition to the MS in AT application materials required for post-baccalaureate admissions, students must successfully complete the following to merit consideration:

  • 3.0 composite GPA and completion of 7 prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades lower than C (C-/CD not accepted).
  • One additional recommendation forms from CSS faculty verifying suitability for graduate studies. No score below 3 is permitted
  • Satisfactory interview with admissions committee.
  • Document a minimum 50 hours of exploration with a certified athletic trainer(s). Students admitted on this basis must be prepared to commit full time to study and clinical experiences. Students that are not admitted on this basis may apply as a Post Baccalaureate or Secondary Consideration student as outlined below.

AT Post Baccalaureate Admissions

Students apply directly to the master's program for matriculation following completion of an undergraduate degree. Requirements for admission must be completed accordingly.

  • Provide evidence of at least a 2.8 cumulative and composite prerequisite GPA;
  • Submit official transcript(s) of all previous graduate and undergraduate work confirming grades of C (C-/CD not acceptable) or higher in all individual prerequisite courses. These courses must be completed prior to matriculation;
  • Provide evidence of professional exploration that reflects the breadth and depth of practice settings for athletic trainers (a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations);
  • Complete a Master's of Athletic Training essay;
  • Submit a minimum two Graduate Recommendation Forms, at least one of which must come from the athletic trainer who oversaw the majority of your exploration and one from a faculty in a major or science course; and
  • Consideration of transfer credits is done on an individual basis.

Conditional Admissions

Students in category #2 may be considered if there are vacant slots and the candidate falls below minimum requirements in one or more categories but otherwise shows potential for satisfactory performance in the graduate program. Students must address any deficiencies on their essay.

Post Baccalaureate applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 15th while MS in 5 applications are due November 15th. Upon acceptance, entry into the program begins in June. Once in the program, students must be enrolled full time, and all courses and clinical experiences must be successfully completed in the required sequence. Alterations in progression may be considered on an individual basis.