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 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 (GATP):

The Graduate Athletic Training Program has a highly competitive admissions program. Prospective graduate athletic training students must first apply 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 or Introduction to Athletic Training

Introduction to Nutrition

General Psychology or Sports Psychology

General Chemistry

General Physics

General Biology

Biomechanics/Analysis of Movement

Exercise Physiology

Admission Process
Students may apply using ATCAS or by completing the PDF GATP Application. The first round of applicant reviews will start after the January 10 deadline. There is a two-step process for application: Graduate school application via and the GATP application submitted to the program. Candidates are notified during within the month of February. We have a rolling application, therefore applications received after January 10 are still reviewed until seats are filled.

Requirements for Acceptance

Requirements for acceptance into the SFA GATP are as follows:

  1. Admittance to SFA Graduate School.
  2. Minimum of a 2.80 GPA on all undergraduate work.
  3. Leveling coursework MUST be completed prior to starting classes in the GATP 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 TX Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT).
  5. Completed PDF application or through ATCAS
  6. Completed medical history, physical examination by physician.
  7. Immunization record showing the following: Web_Immunization_and_screening_.pdf
  8. Signed Technical Standards forms (endorsed approval by physician and student signed).
  9. Copy of completed First Aid/CPR/AED/certification card (even if it is expired).
  10. Completed online interview stream.

Retention Requirements

Retention Requirements for the SFA GATP are as follows:

Curriculum Goals & Objectives

The goal 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance, reimbursement, documentation, patient privacy, and facility management.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.


Degree Plan GATP

Clinical Education


Program Outcomes Aggregate Data

Outcome GATP Aggregate

Associated Costs and Handbook




AT Faculty

Bobo, Linda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, CES, FMS, GTM1/2
Bobo, Linda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, CES, FMS, GTM1/2 - 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' Association AT Service Award and the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association in AT Excellence Award.
Sumrall, Keilea Ph.D.
Sumrall, Keilea Ph.D. - Asst Professor Office: HPE 220 Phone: 936.468.1812
Watts, Melinda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, FMT
Watts, Melinda, Ph.D, ATC, LAT, FMT - Assistant Professor; Clinical Education Coordinator Educational Background: Dr. Watts completed her B.S. and M.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University, and completed her Ph.D. from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Research/Areas of Interest: Injury prevention with rodeo athletes. Office: HPE Room 221 Phone: 936.468.1721