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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
- additional professional certifications, Graston technique M1, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, and AHA CPR instructor
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 18 students will be admitted per cohort.
- Acceptance into the Graduate School or meeting the GATP's criteria does not guarantee 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, but may continue 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 or Introduction to Athletic Training
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 completed First Aid/CPR/AED/certification card, (even if it is expired), for evidence of prerequisite.
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
- Completed & accepted fingerprint and criminal background check.
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 understanding of evidence-based practice concepts and their application by using a systematic approach to ask and answer clinically relevant questions that affect patient care.
- Demonstrate an ability to develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and illnesses and optimize their clients'/patients' overall health and quality of life while incorporating the importance of nutrition and physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in preventing chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease).
- Demonstrate the ability to perform clinical examination skills in order to accurately diagnosis and effectively treat their patients while applying clinical-reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process. The development of these skills requires a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, and formulate a differential diagnosis.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding and application of the knowledge, planning, and skills in the evaluation and immediate management of the acute care of injuries and illnesses.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding and application of therapeutic interventions that include therapeutic modalities, therapeutic rehabilitation, and therapeutic medicines designed to maximize the patient's participation and health-related quality of life.
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize the role of mental health in injury and illnesses using interventions to optimize the restoration of participation and to refer these individuals as necessary.
- Demonstrate an understanding of risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance, reimbursement, documentation, patient privacy, and facility management.
- Assess the development of a desire for professional development, ethical behaviors and responsibilities through a progression of clinical rotations, participation with professional organizations, 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 the competencies and proficiencies as set forth and endorsed by the NATA-EC, BOC, and the CAATE.
The CAATE requires the posting of a program's BOC examination aggregate data for the most recent three test cycle years and that the program must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of a 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam. At minimum, the following information must be provided.
We are proud to state that the majority of our ATS attempt the February testing period. Our success is attributable 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||2013-2014||2014-2015||2015-2016||
Three Year Aggregate
|SFA ATS Attempting exam||14||14||14||42|
SFA ATS 1st time attempt
passing BOC (percentage)
SFA ATS passing BOC
before graduating despite
number of attempts (percentage)
BOC Data Areas
|2013-2014||2014-2015||2015-2016||Three year Aggregate|
Number of all candidates
1st time attempt passing the BOC (percentage)
2015-2016 Clinical Education
National Athletic Trainers' Association
|Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association|
|Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer|