Graduate Athletic Training Admissions and Retention Requirements
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Application Deadline: January 15, 2016
Classes will begin on August 15, 2016
Send official transcripts directly to: ATCAS, P.O. Box 9132, Watertown, MA, 02471
Minimum Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree
- Admission to Weber State University (Students apply only to the MSAT and will be admitted to WSU and the MSAT concurrently. Students do NOT need to apply for WSU general admissions)
- GRE scores (only required if GPA is below a 3.0 - send to school code 1770)
- Minimum 3.0 GPA*
- Submit Graduate Athletic Training Student Application - at: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com
- Submit Application Essay (see online application for details)
- Two References - at least one reference must be a college-level instructor
- Grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses (all prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years prior to application)**
- Program Interview - in person or over the phone
- Completed Technical Standards Form (can be completed after admission)
- Official Transcripts from ALL other colleges/universities attended - send directly to ATCAS (see address above)
- Proof of immunizations (can be completed after admission)
- Hepatitis-B vaccination (can be completed in first semester if deficient)
- Current Emergency Medical Response and CPR for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers certification cards (can be completed in first semester if deficient)
- Pay Application fee
* Grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99 will be considered if GRE scores are above average.
** Students who are deficient in four or fewer prerequisite courses may be admitted on a conditional basis if the courses can be added to the schedule while still meeting the prerequisites prior to each graduate course.
The application deadline is January 15 for the following fall semester. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots still exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the January 15th deadline, as the program will likely reach capacity at that point. The online application may be accessed on-line at:
After formal admission to the Athletic Training Masters degree program, students are required to complete an FBI background check and drug test. The WSU Master of Science in Athletic Training Program enters into Affiliation Agreements with multiple healthcare facilities and schools throughout the state. These agreements provide WSU MSAT students and faculty authorized access to facility resources and patients. In response to stipulations contained within one or more of these Agreements, the WSU MSAT requires students admitted to the program to submit to an FBI level criminal background check as well as a urine drug test. This screening process has been mandated by the WSU MSAT in an effort to more effectively protect the safety and well-being of the patients, clients, and residents of those facilities, and is fully supported by the Department of Athletic Training and Nutrition and the MSAT faculty.
Both the background check and the drug test will be completed during the student’s first semester. The expenses (approximately $80) will be paid for by the student.
Additional Admission Requirements for International Students
All international students and any applicants educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 563 (paper-based) or 85 (internet-based) has been earned. The MSAT Program also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MSAT Program Director which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 6.5 has been earned.
Students who have not earned the minimum required English proficiency scores may still be admitted conditionally. These students would be required to begin ESL and other coursework at Weber State University one semester prior to beginning MSAT coursework. During this preparatory semester, students would be required to complete, with a grade of a C+ or better, approximately 8 credits of ESL courses and complete, with a grade of C or better, approximately 6 credits of MSAT prerequisite courses. The MSAT Program Director will determine which ESL and prerequisite courses are most appropriate based on the student’s undergraduate coursework and English proficiency scores.
Minimum English Proficiency scores for conditional admissions:
TOEFL (internet-based) – 70
TOEFL (paper-based) – 525
IELTS – 6.0
- All applicants will be ranked using a numerical scale on the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA/GRE Scores [40%]
- Application Essay [25%]
- References [15%]
- Previous athletic training experience and strength of applicant’s commitment as reflected in interview responses [20%]
- Students receiving the highest scores in the rating process will be invited to enter the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. The selection committee is comprised of the MSAT faculty. The number of students chosen to enter the program each year will vary, in compliance with accreditation guidelines concerning clinical instructor-to-student ratios. Selection into the MSAT is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Applicants not invited to enter the MSAT may reapply the following year. All applicants who re-apply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of re-application. Students who choose to reapply must review the program website and/or catalog for current admission requirements at that time.
- All students selected for the MSAT must provide evidence of being able to meet the Technical Standards for Admission of the program. Only those students who verify that they can meet those technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, will be allowed to enter the program.
- After students are selected into the MSAT, retention in the program will be based on the following criteria:
- Grade “B-” or better in all required courses (includes Graduate Practicum courses).
- Maintain an overall Weber State University Graduate GPA of 3.0.
- Adhere to MSAT Athletic Training Student Handbook Policies.
- Students who fail to meet the retention criteria will be placed on probation in the MSAT program for one semester. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade lower than a “B-” in any required course must repeat that course and receive a grade of “B-” or higher to remain in the program. Failure to repeat the course (when offered) will result in dismissal from the program. Students who receive a grade lower than a “B-“ in two or more MSAT courses will be dismissed from the program.
Students enrolled in the MSAT program will be assigned a faculty advisor. Students will be required to meet with their faculty advisor at least once a semester but will be encouraged to engage in dialogue when necessary regarding academic success, clinical assignments, and/or personal or professional issues.
In compliance with the Higher Education Act, Weber State University only accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Students who have completed graduate athletic training coursework at another CAATE-accredited entry-level masters program may apply for up to 9 transfer credits. The transfer of graduate credits from non-CAATE-accredited programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Approval of all transfer credits requires an official transcript, a copy of the course syllabus, and approval by the WSU MSAT Program Director.
Prerequisite Course Requirements for MS
Required Prerequisite Courses (31 credit hours)
(or equivalent courses - syllabi or catalog course description required)
- AT 2300 - Emergency Response (3)
HTHS 2240 - Introduction to Pharmacology (3)(No longer required)
- HLTH 1030 SS - Healthy Lifestyles (3)
- NUTR 1020 LS - Science and Application of Human Nutrition (3)
- PEP 3280 - Teaching Neuromuscular Conditioning (3)
- PEP 3500 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3)
- PEP 3510 - Exercise Physiology (3)
- PSY 1010 SS - Introductory Psychology (3)
- ZOOL 2100 - Human Anatomy (4)
- ZOOL 2200 - Human Physiology (4)
To determine if your courses meet prerequisite requirements, please send the catalog course description and/or the course syllabus for each course you would like to have evaluated on the pre-requisite worksheet to Valerie Herzog at firstname.lastname@example.org if it is not already on the list of accepted courses. She will respond to inform you which courses will count for which pre-requisite requirements and/or if additional information is required to make that determination.
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