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Welcome to the Graduate Professional Athletic Training Program. This Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is a professional entry-level athletic training program designed for students who do not hold a bachelors degree in athletic training, but wish to receive education and training required for Board of Certification credentials (BOC), which are needed to pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The MSAT program can be completed in two years with a summer start and an anticipated completion date in May two years following. Within this time frame students will be eligible to sit for the BOC national examination.
The program provides students exposure to a variety of learning environments and experiences.
- traditional classroom work
- laboratory time to practice learned skills
- clinical exposure to integrate classroom and lab work into practice
Admittance to the Graduate Athletic Training Program (ATEP):
The Graduate Athletic Training Program has a highly competitive admissions program. Prospective graduate athletic training students must first be accepted to the Stephen F. Austin University Graduate School before applicants will be considered for the GATP review process.
- A minimum of 14 students will be admitted per cohort.
- Acceptance into the Graduate School or meeting the GATP's criteria does not guarantees acceptance into the GATP.
- Transfer students are not accepted due to the designed block plan.
- Applications are accepted up to January 10th of the calendar year, or until all positions are filled.
Please include a copy of all syllabi in your application package if your course title is different from the examples provided.
A minimum grade of "C" in the following pre-requisities:
Antomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
Community Health and Wellness
Introduction to Nutrition
Biomechanics/Analysis of Movement
Requirements for acceptance into the SFA GATP are as follows:
- Admittance to SFA Graduate School.
- Minimum of a 2.75 GPA on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving a bachelor's 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 BOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) or a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT).
- Completed application form.
- Completed medical history, physical examination by physician, current TB skin test, and current tetanus immunization. Hepatitis B ( 3 doses) and MMR should be included.
- Signed Technical Standards forms (endorsed approval by physician and student signed).
- Copy of current First Aid/CPR/AED/certification.
- Completion of an approved fingerprint and criminal background check.
Fingerprint and Criminal Background Check
Retention Requirements for the SFA GATP are as follows:
- Maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Grade of B or better in all athletic training course work. Athletic Training course(s) in which a grade of B has not been attained must be retaken, thus delaying graduation and Completion of clinical hour requirements per academic semester with a minimum of 800 hours for the academic program.
- Adherence to the NATA Code of Ethics
- Maintenance of technical standards
The main objective of the GATP's Master of Science in Athletic Training is to prepare the student to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the Board of Certification (BOC). Athletic training students will be prepared in the development and mastery of athletic training competencies and proficiencies as set forth by the National Athletic Trainer's Assocation-Educational Council (NATA-EC), Board of Certification (BOC), and the Commission of Accrediation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
These skills will include areas of prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and administration, and education and couseling. The development and mastery of these skills will be accomplished through a variety of didactic and clinical experiences.
The student should:
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of risk management content such as prevention, assessment, evaluation, and emergency care, as well as the ability to apply protective devices for the prevention or rehabilitation of injuries through the understanding of human anatomy as applied to biomechanical and physiological principles involved with the improvement of motor performance and the prevention of injury.
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of acute care, pathology, pharmacological aspects, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, psychosocial issues, and general medical conditions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding and application of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic rehabilitation equipment in the use of injuries.
- Analyze and apply management theories, principles, strategies, and techniques applicable to administration in health care while gaining the ability to interact with administration and supervisory roles, patients/athletes, team physicans, and peers within the profession of Athletic Training.
- Assess the development of a desire for professional development and responsibilities through a progression of clinical rotations, attendance of professional organizations within the profession of Athletic Training, and understanding of effective supervision and management in the athletic training clinic.
- Complete the Board of Certification (BOC) requirements for eligibility of the national board examination through the completion of teh competencies and proficiencies as set forth and endorsed by the NATA-EC, BOC, and the CAATE.
- Apply the "Code of Ethics" of the National Athletic Trainers' Assocation, the Texas Athletic Training Advisory Board, and the Texas Department of State Health Services throughout the didactic and clinical experiences.
We are proud to state that the majority of our ATS attempt the February testing period. Our success is attribulable to the quality education and caring demeanor provided by our faculty/staff/preceptors and the individual investment each athletic training student puts forth.
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