Stephen F. Austin State University

Athletic Training

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 anticapated 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 expereinces.


Graduate Enrollment Rules

Admittance to 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 to 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

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.
Miller, Sanford, M.Ed.
Miller, Sanford, M.Ed. - Lecturer Educational Background: Sandy received his B.S. in Physical Edication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his M.Ed. from Northwest State University in Health and Physical Education. Office: HPE Room 213 Phone: 936.468.5497
Sandy Miller served as SFASU head athletic trainer and most recently as associate athletic director for sports medicine. Sandy has also served the athletic training profession at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Sweden, at the USA Track and Field championships in England, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Honors include the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame and Most Distinguished Athletic trainer and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame.


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