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.



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



International Students

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 Nutrition

General Psychology

Biomechanics/Analysis of Movement

Exercise Physiology

Requirements for Acceptance

Requirements for acceptance into the SFA GATP are as follows:

  1. Admittance to SFA Graduate School.
  2. Minimum of a 2.75 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 physician, 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 physician 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


Retention Requirements

Retention Requirements for the SFA GATP are as follows:

Associated Costs


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) 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:

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


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

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BOC Data Areas


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Clinical Education


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
Dr. Bobo's professsional activities include serving as a sports medicine volunteer with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Tae Kwon Do and CAATE Site-Visitor for accreditation. She is a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Assocation AT Service Award and the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Assocation in AT Excellence Award.
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 ACL injuries, particularly in the adolescent female athlete population. Office: HPE Room 209 Phone: 936.468.1527
Dr. Grayson previously taught in higher education institutions in Australia before starting at Stephen F. Austin State University.


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