Apr 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Athletic Training, MS

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Program Code: MS_843A_1
CIP Code: 51.0913


Program of Study for the Master of Science in Athletic Training

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission. The admissions process is nondiscriminatory and contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check and meeting the program’s technical standards. The number of students selected each semester is limited.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Additional Information

Additional Admission Requirements: Complete application on the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS), with the exception of accelerated admission students; admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but applications are encouraged to be submitted before February 1st. Applications will be considered and undergo a holistic review as received; Observation hours: Forty hours of clinical observation/shadowing under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer; of the 3 letters of reference, at least one reference letter from a faculty member and one reference letter from a licensed healthcare provider; personal statement; interview (in-person or web-based). Review the program’s website for full details on the ATCAS and accelerated admissions processes.

Prerequisites: The Program Director reserves the right to request course syllabi to confirm course content. Human anatomy (4 credits with lab). Human physiology (4 credits with lab). When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet this requirement; Biology (animal-based; 3-4 credits with lab); Chemistry (3-4 credits with lab); Physics (4 credits with lab); Statistics (3 credits); Exercise physiology (3 credits); Psychology (3 credits); Biomechanics or kinesiology (3 credits).

Additional Information: The program begins in the first Summer Session, and is designed to be a two-year program.

Location: On Campus; Note: First and second year students will be assigned to practicums at clinical sites on- or off-campus.

Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information

Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program. No exam waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Accelerated Master’s Program

This program offers an Accelerated Master’s  option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Athletic Training

Note on Academic Standards for Retention in the MS in Athletic Training

Academic standards for retention in the MS in Athletic Training degree program include abiding by the ASU Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, the MS in Athletic Training scholastic performance and professional behavior standards and expectations, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics, and the Board of Certification® Standards of Practice. These Standards are fully described in the MS in Athletic Training Handbook. MS in Athletic Training students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all graduate courses, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, and earn no more than two final grades of “C” or below in the program of study. Students are dismissed from the MS in Athletic Training degree program if they earn more than two final grades of a “C” or lower.

Other Requirements for the MS in Athletic Training

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis option; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: Required; one comprehensive examination at the end of year one; successful navigation of the MS in Athletic Training prepares the student to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification® national examination during their final semester.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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