Stephen F. Austin State University

Athletic Training

Athletic Training Students in Action

About the Program

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.

Including:

Admission/Retention

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.

Please Note:

Application Materials

GATPAppPkgWhole_2014.pdf

Leveling Courses

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 Athletic Training

Introduction to Nutirtion

General Psychology

Biomechanics/Analysis of Movement

Exercise Physiology

Requirements for Acceptance

Requirements for acceptance into the SFA GATP are as follows:

  1. Adminittance to SFA Graduate School.
  2. Minimum of a 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving a bachelor's degree.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Completed application form.
  6. Completed medical history, physical examination by physican, current TB skin test, and current tetanus immunization. Hepatitis B ( 3 doses) and MMR should be included.
  7. Signed Technical Standards forms (endorsed approval by physican and student signed).
  8. Copy of current First Aid/CPR/AED/certification.
  9. Completion of an approved fingerprint and criminal background check.

Fingerprint and Criminal Background Check

Fingerprint_and_Criminal_Background_Check_Policy(2).PDF

Retention Requirements

Retention Requirements for the SFA GATP are as follows:

Graduate Enrollment Rules

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 State University Graduate School before applicants will be considered for the GATP review process.

Please Note:
A minimum of 14 students will be admitted per cohort.
Acceptance into the Graduate School nor meeting the GATP's criteria 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.

Requirements for acceptance into the SFA GATP are as follows:

Admittance to SFA Graduate School.
Minimum of a 2.5 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.
Completed application form.
Completed medical history, physical examination by physician, TB skin test, and current tetanus immunization.
Signed Technical Standards forms (endorsed approval by physician and student-signed).
Copy of current First Aid / CPR / AED / certification.
All applications received by January 10 are assured consideration. Applications received after that date will be reviewed if positions are available.
Leveling Courses
Please include a copy of all syllabi in your application package if your course title is different from the examples provided.

Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
Community Health and Wellness / Introduction to Atheletic Training
Introduction to Nutrition
Introduction to Psychology
Biomechanics / Anaylsis of Movement
Exercise Physiology

Retention Requirements
Retention requirements for the SFA GATP are as follows:

Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall).
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 the program.
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

Associated Costs

Assc_Costs.Athletic_Training_pdf.pdf

Curriculum Goals & Objectives

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) by 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:

BOC Three Year Aggregate Pass-Rate Data

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.

BOC Data Areas for SFA 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014

Three Year

Aggregate

SFA Graduates 13 12 14 39
SFA ATS Attempting exam 13 12 14 39

SFA ATS 1st time attempt

passing BOC (percentage)

13

100%

11

(91.7%)

13

(92.9%)

37

(94.9%)

SFA ATS passing BOC

before graduating despite

number of attempts (percentage)

13

(100%)

12

(100%)

13

(92.9%)

38

(97.4%)

BOC Data Areas

Nationwide

2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Three year Aggregate

Number of all candidates

1st time attempt passing the BOC (percentage)

2653

(82.3%)

2939

(80.9%)

3049

(82.85%)

2880

(82.01%)

Curriculum

Schedule_.PDF

AT Faculty

Bobo, Linda, Ph.D., ATC, LAT
Bobo, Linda, Ph.D., ATC, LAT - Associate Professor, GATP Program Director Educational Background: Dr. Bobo completed her B.S. from Northeast Louisiana University, M.Ed. from Northwestern State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Effective clinical instruction and the utilization of video feedback. Office: HPE Room 224A Phone: 936.468.1599
Grayson, Jane PhD. M. Phty (Sports) ATC
Grayson, Jane PhD. M. Phty (Sports) ATC Educational Background: Dr. Grayson received her B.S. and M.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas in Austin. She received her doctorate from the University of Queensland (Australia) in Human Movement Studies and a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Grayson's research lies in the prevention of ACAL injuries particularly in the adolescent female athlete population. Office: HPE Room 209 Phone: 936.468.1527
Dr. Grayson's previously taught in higher education institutions in Australia before starting at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Associations

National Athletic Trainers' Association
Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association
Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer