May 28, 2022  
2019-20 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-20 Graduate Bulletin Archived

Athletic Training, M.S.

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Admission to the graduate athletic training program (GATP) is highly competitive and only a limited number of applicants are admitted each year.  Prospective graduate athletic training students must first be accepted into graduate studies through the SFA Office of Research and Graduate before participating in the review process for admission into the program at the department level.  Neither acceptance to SFA Graduate Studies nor meeting the GATP’s admission criteria guarantees acceptance into the two-year athletic training program. GATP uses a cohort model with admissions occurring during the spring semester and with a program start occurring during the summer II term.  Downloadable program documents can be found at .  Check the GATP website for updates.  Transfer graduate students are not accepted in this program.  Applications and required materials are due by January 10 of each  calendar year. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Admission Requirements

Requirements for application to the graduate athletic training program are as follows:

  • Submission of application to the SFA Office of Research and Graduate Studies
  • Minimum of a 2.80 GPA on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree, or a 3.25 GPA in the last 60 hours of the awarded degree.
  • Leveling coursework must be completed prior to starting classes in the athletic training program as per current program practices with a grade of C or better.
  • Evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of observation or student athletic training experience under the supervision of a national- or state-credentialed athletic trainer
  • Completed application
  • Completed medical history, physical examination by physician and current tetanus immunization. Hepatitis B (3 doses), MMR, DTa vaccine and Varicella should be included.
  • Signed technical standards forms (endorsed approval by physician and student signed)
  • Copy of current First Aid/CPR/AED/certification (even if expired)
  • Completed online interview

Retention Requirements

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (overall), also required by Research and Graduate Studies
  • Proof of student athletic training liability insurance with $1 million to $3 million coverage for the two years
  • Obtain a grade of B or better in all athletic training core coursework or course(s) must be retaken, which may result in delay of expected graduation date
  • Complete clinical hours requirements per academic semester with a minimum of 600 hours for the academic program
  • Must adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics
  • Ability to maintain technical standards
  • A major in athletic training requires 60 semester hours with a non-thesis design.
  • Completed and approved fingerprints and criminal background check

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