The master of science in athletic training prepares students for a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The master of science in athletic training (MS.AT) will begin in summer 2015 and will be a full-time, cohort-model program.
As a cohort-model program, admission into the MS.AT program is highly competitive and limited.
This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic, hands-on clinical laboratories, and clinical fieldwork providing carefully guided clinical experiences every semester. Clinical fieldwork placements include a variety of colleges, universities, high schools and physician offices.
Program at a Glance
- 15 - to 20-student cohort model with entry each summer (starting 2015)
- A 60-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms) with up to 14 units of coursework per semester
- Classes offered on Mondays and Tuesdays only, with authentic clinical fieldwork placements during the rest of the week
- Required 1200 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork placements
- Program focus on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), advanced clinical skills, and healthcare informatics and technology
The MS.AT program has two routes for admission, with each route requiring the prospective student to complete the required course prerequisites. These routes include:
- A student who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and the essential prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants will apply through the CAATE’s Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).
- The 3+2 accelerated program in coordination with the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and prerequisites at Chapman University. Advising for this route of admission is critical and applicants will apply directly through ATCAS with MS in Athletic Training faculty support during the fall semester of their junior year.
To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:
- Application to MS in Athletic Training program through the Chapman University Office of Graduate Admission (available in Fall 2014)
- Cover letter and resume
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in last 60 undergraduate credits
- Prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or higher with no course grade below a "C" and all prerequisites taken in the previous seven years
- Official GRE Scores
- Hours verification form (200 hours volunteering under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation which describe academic and clinical abilities (1 must be from a certified athletic trainer)
(International Students Only) - applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
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