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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,500 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 87 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

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Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

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Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

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Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Health & Kinesiology Physical Education Activity Building

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


KOURTNEY MARTIN


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

Watch Her Story

FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Master's in:

Athletic Training (M.S.)

M.S. in Athletic Training


The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a competitive entry CAATE accredited professional level program.  The MSAT program is for students who wish to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification (BOC) and pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Program Mission and Goals

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data is for informed decision-making by prospective students, as well as others.

Accreditation


Accredited program seal CAATE

Texas A&M University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd. Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.
In 2018, the program was granted 10 years of Continuing Accreditation.

Program Highlights


  • Faculty and preceptors dedicated to student success;
  • Small class sizes to allow individualized instruction and career planning;
  • An opportunity to work with elite and Olympic caliber Division I SEC athletes;
  • State of the art athletic training facilities;
  • Robust Aggie athletic training alumni network to assist with job seeking and mentoring;
  • Performance and manual therapy course with tool-assisted certification;
  • Excellent BOC pass rates and employment;
  • Cadaveric Anatomy experience in premier gross anatomy lab in College of Medicine;
  • Clinical skill development in high fidelity simulation laboratory at Health Science Center;
  • Clinical research opportunities.

Curriculum Plan


Students have two options to pursue the MSAT:

Two-Year Program - Incoming Graduate Level

Traditional 4+2 program

Students who completed a bachelor’s degree will be able to apply to the Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) as a traditional graduate student if all admission requirements are met.

CURRICULUM PLAN. Update 2016-2017

Retention and Progression

Five-Year Program - Incoming Freshman

Dual degree 3+2 program for incoming first-year students (freshmen).

Students complete a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Athletic Training in 5 years. Prospective students interested in this option will apply to Texas A&M as an undergraduate Kinesiology (Applied Ex Phys option) student.  If accepted, during the New Student Conference, students will declare interest in pursuing the dual degree program. They will then be placed with an undergraduate advisor for athletic training who will change students’ program option to the 3+2 and advise accordingly.

Texas A&M 3+2 BS KINE. MSAT

Note:  If you are a current undergraduate student, it is likely that you will need to pursue the 4+2 option.  You will complete an undergraduate degree in your choice of major (Kinesiology and Exercise Science are common but not required) and apply to the MSAT program. You should contact an undergraduate academic advisor to help you determine your options.

ADMISSION Requirements


Admission to the MSAT Program is selective and competitive with 16 students accepted each year. Students must meet all general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) and the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.  Acceptance by the Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the MSAT Program.

Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework (a lower GPA may be considered and weighted according to grades in major coursework, GPA last 60 hours, experience, GRE scores, undergraduate program, etc.). Note: Applicants in the 5 year dual degree BS/MS option, must achieve a 3.25 GPA to meet the Graduate School requirement allowing undergraduate students to use graduate coursework to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Minimum GRE scores greater than or equal to 145 quantitative, 150 verbal and 3.5 writing (a lower GRE may be considered and weighted according to GPA, grades in major coursework, experience, undergraduate program, etc.).
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  It is in the best interest of the applicant to complete greater clock hours of experience which may strengthen an application.
  • Minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in required prerequisite courses or equivalents.  Note: Applicants in the 5 year dual degree BS/MS option must also earn a “B” (3.0) in Field Experience in Athletic Training courses (ATTR 201, 202, 301, 302).

Required Prerequisite Courses

REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TEXAS A&M COURSE
Chemistry & Lab
3-4 credit hours
Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended CHEM 101 or CHEM 111
Physics & Lab
3-4 credit hours
Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended PHYS 201
Human Anatomy & Lab
3-4 credit hours
When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements (A&PI, A&P II) BIOL 319
Human Physiology & Lab
3-4 credit hours
When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements (A&PI, A&P II) BIOL 320
Human Nutrition
credit hours vary
NUTR 202
Personal Health and Wellness
credit hours vary
HLTH 231
Medical Terminology
credit hours vary
HLTH 354
Exercise Physiology
3-4 credit hours
KINE 433
Biomechanics/Kinesiology
3-4 credit hours
KINE 426
Introduction to Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology
3-4 credit hours
PSYC 107 or KINE/PSYC 304
*Biology/Biology I (this course will be required for the 2020-2021 incoming class)
3-4 credit hours
Two-semester sequence with lab is recommended BIOL 111

Application Process


The programs begins the last week of June, each year. Applying to the Masters of Science in Athletic Training is a two part process, details below:

Application Deadlines

  • Early Admission Window: Sept. 1 to Oct. 15
    • Individuals not selected for early admission or with incomplete applications will be re-considered with regular admission applicants. (Note: Applicants in the dual degree BS/MS option, can not apply during eary admission window.)
  • Regular Admission Deadline: January 15 (Late admissions may be accepted if there are stll seats available. Contact Dr. Lori Greenwood to determine availability past the deadline.)
  • Review Process:
    • A 4-5 member MSAT Admissions Committee will begin application review after stated deadlines.
    • Applicants are contacted 2-4 weeks after the deadline about their admission status.
    • Should space become available, qualified applicants not admitted to the program will be placed on an alternate list and contacted before June 1.
    • Applicants should be available for an interview upon request which may take place in person, phone or via a conference call.

Part I: Application to Texas A&M University

PART I: APPLICATION TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

NEW.  The MSAT program is transitioning to the use of ATCAS for 2018-2019 application cycle. Applicants who have not yet submitted materials through the CEHD student data portal must complete an application through ATCAS instead.

Note: Application to the university does NOT apply to internal applicants (e.g., 3+2 or 4+2 students currently enrolled in Texas A&M)

  1. Apply Texas online Graduate Application and application fee for Athletic Training (M.S.).
  2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission. The TAMU GRE submission code is 6003. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid
  3. When completing Apply Texas, all applicants DO NOT need to include resume or letters of recommendation. Only applicants using the CEHD student data portal need to include transcripts in Apply Texas application. Applicants using ATCAS, do not need to include transcripts in Apply Texas, they will be submitted through ATCAS. All students should request transcripts from all schools attended early in the application cycle.
  4. International applicants may have to submit TOEFL scores as well. Please refer to International Graduate Admissionsfor further information regarding any additional requirements for international students.

Part II: Application to MSAT Program

PART II: APPLICATION TO MSAT PROGRAM

NEW.  The MSAT program is transitioning to the use of ATCAS for 2018-2019 application cycle. Applicants who have not yet submitted materials through the CEHD student data portal must complete an application through ATCAS instead.

  1. Using the CEHD student data portal, submit a MSAT program specific application. You may begin the application at any time, but to submit the MSAT application and materials, you must have your Universal Identification Number (UIN).  You will receive a UIN after completion of your applytexas.org application. Contact Dr. Lori Greenwood with any student data portal problems.

In completing the MSAT Application process through the CEHD student data portal, you will upload the following documents/forms or provide the following information:

  1. MSAT Application Form (for CEHD portal applicants only)
  2. Observation Hours Verification (for CEHD portal and ATCAS applicants)
  3. Prerequisite Completion Form 2018-2019 (for CEHD portal applicants only)
  4. Essay Questions for Application (form is for CEHD portal applicants only; ATCAS applicants will complete the same questions within ATCAS)
  5.   Professional Resume uploaded (both CEHD portal and ATCAS applicants)
  6. Unofficial transcripts Upload (for CEHD portal applicants only)
  7. Contact information for 3 references (One must be from an Athletic Trainer that supervised observation hours. One must be from a faculty member and the 3rd is applicant’s choice.) – CEHD portal applicants will provide contact information for 3 references within the portal; ATCAS applicants will do the same within ATCAS).

Upon acceptance in the MSAT program, all students will be required to submit the following documents to complete their enrollment:

  1. Technical Standards for Admission
  2. Physician Endorsement of Technical Standards(form completed by a physician after a medical history and physical examination has been conducted within past 12 months)
  3. Immunization Form

Program Details


Degree: Master of Science in Athletic Training
Credit Hours: 60 Hours

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Current Research


Students in the MSAT program are required to complete an original research project and present their work during the MSAT Research Colloquium for their final master’s’ examination.  Students will work in pairs or small groups with a research advisor to develop ideas and implement their research projects during four courses (KINE 601, KINE 681, KINE 685 fall and KINE 685 spring).

Recently completed research projects by MSAT students:

2018 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      Dickinson A and Spradlin T. Interrater and intrarater reliability of the Punch Test and the relationship between the measurement of scapular protraction and shoulder AROM measurements in overhead athletes

●      Stembridge C and Trevino K. Effects of different time parameters on the efficacy of cupping therapy for myofascial pain

●      Simpson S and Whitt S. An analysis of the relationship between g-force of impact, rate of head rotation, and the location of impact, on the outcome of concussive injury in DI collegiate football players

●      Carter K and Clerkley K. Perceived value of athletic training by DI collegiate athletes

●      Alexander V and Sussman R. Y-balance test measures and predictors of lower extremity injuries in DI football players

●      Barrad S and Klemko C. Validation of the FITLIGHT Trainer sensor use for concussion evaluation

●      Muhammad A, Overmyer C and Wilhelm-Glab K. Efficacy of antiperspirant spray and pre-wrap on taped ankle range of motion before and after exercise

2017 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      McConnell L and Mullinnix. Acute effects of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, foam rolling and static stretching on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility

●      McFarland A and Willcox L. Effects of the Deep Muscle Stimulator on improving ROM and diminishing MTP in the upper trapezius

●      Hearn R and Karp A. Calculating risk of depression based on demographics, medical history, and sport specific factors in DI athletes

●      Lindquist K and Thomas S. Effects of ice massage versus CryoRoller on skin surface temperature and MTP in the gastrocnemius/p

●      DeKanick A and Zapinski C. Comparing depression and stress symptoms in concussed, injured and non-injured NCAA DI football players

●      Guerra A, Patke M and Trompeter J. The effects of Whole Body Vibration on flexibility, power and balance in collegiate athletes

●      Cooper T and Gandy G. Relationship between urine specific gravity, urine color and weight changes in DI collegiate football players

2016 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      Bouwmeester R and Ganz M. Comparison of vibrational vs. non-vibrational foam roller on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility, proprioception, and strength

●      Cleary A and Santillan B. Investigation of unilateral balance differences in female collegiate soccer players

●      Danley L and Peterman C. The efficacy of a pitcher movement screen on predicting overuse injury in the high school baseball pitcher

●      Lynch S and Wilson P. The effectiveness of flexibility static, and dynamic joint mobilization to the talocrural on joint range of motion and balance

●      Elish K and Thames A. Comparison of concussion testing of C3Logix compared to ImPact.

●      King R and Piloto M. A Comparison of clinical reaction time tested with C3Logix and standardized measuring stick drop testing: a predisposing factor for concussion managementmparison of vibrational vs. non-vibrational foam roller on hamstring and quadriceps flexibility, proprioception, and strength

2015 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      Attridge R and Davis N. The effectiveness of the King-Devick Concussion assessment in secondary school athletes

●      Baskin K. Marinobufagenin’s potential for concussion biomarker: A pilot study

●      LeBlanc N and Platke A. The effects of an entry level ballet class on first year dance majors on improving measurements of balance using the Biodex Balance System SD

●      Utley H. The efficacy of a modified low-dye taping technique on subtalar joint neutral position before and after a period of moderate exercise

●      Evans K and McDaniel R. The acute effects of lumbar traction on pain, range of motion, and functional status in individuals with non-specific chronic low back pain

2014 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      Germany S and Windsor C. The efficacy of cryokinetics on the reduction of symptoms associated with delayed onset muscle soreness

●      Becker A and Bledsoe B. Efficacy of ultrasound/electrical stimulation combination therapy in treating myofascial trigger points of the trapezius: A comparison of thermal & non-thermal combination therapy

●      Gorman E and Smith B. The effects of a passive shoulder internal rotation stretch program using different thermotherapies on range of motion in overhead athletes with gird

●      Berrones D and Bohannon L. Effects of manual muscle therapy on trigger points: Cervical range of motion, pain, pressure sensitivity, and neck function

●      Baker S and Bullard K. Three common iliotibial band stretches and their acute effects of iliotibial band flexibility, hip range of motion and hip isokinetic torque production.

2013 Graduate Research Colloquium

●      Thomas L. A comparison of PNF and Active Release Techniques on hamstring flexibility in young, recreationally active individuals.

●      Adeoti, L. Effectiveness of teh StretchRite compared to dynamic leg swings on hamstring flexibility in healthy recreationally active individuals.

●      Newman, J Cognitive changes in DI football players over the couse of a season using EEG a ImPACT measures.

●      Wiebe B. Effects of Biowave Pro Deepwave on DOMS in the elbow flexors.

●      Mauritz Mollie. The effects of sport mssage on DOMS in healthy, recreationally active individuals.

●      Hinojosa G. Comparison of the Game Ready and the Blue Crystal portble cold compression device in treating DOMS.

Program Expenses


There are additional fees which athletic training students will incur as a result of participation in the MSAT program. This information is estimated and is subject to change. Information about common graduate student costs such as tuition, student fees, course fees, room, and board is available at Student Business Services and in the Graduate catalog.

Program Expenses

ITEM YEAR ONE YEAR TWO
Apparel for Clinical Rotation ~$50-100 * ~$50-100 *
NATA/SWATA Membership 60 (new) ** 80 **
BOC Exam n/a ~$35 application fee / ~$300 exam registration fee
Student Liability Insurance $13 (ATTR 651 course fee) $13 (ATTR 655 course fee)
Manual Therapy Credential n/a $200-$400
Professional Conferences Variable Variable
Travel to off-site clinicals Students are responsible for their own transportation Students are responsible for their own transportation
Flu vaccine, TB testing and/or other required vaccinations and tests Refer to http://shs.tamu.edu/lab Refer to http://shs.tamu.edu/lab

 

*Students are provided a polo shirt and access to online ordering of program T-shirts and jackets for a group rate.

**Atrack free with NATA membership

Scholarships and Financial Assistance


Students should contact the TAMU Scholarship office for further information regarding available aid and to calculate the cost of attendance. We also recommend that all students complete and submit a FAFSA or TASFA.

Scholarships

Academic Common Market

The MSAT program participates in the Academic Common Market (ACM).  The ACM is a cooperative agreement among 16 states allowing students to pursue out-of-state academic degree programs at the in-state tuition rate.

ACM Requirements

●     Student must be a resident of one of the cooperating states that does not offer a CAATE accredited professional level master’s program at a public institution.

●     Acceptance into the MSAT program

●     Application to the ACM through student’s home state’s ACM website.  For further information about the ACM, you can check with your home institution’s ACM representative.

Note: Currently, the Master of Science program is only listed on the ACM sites for GA and LA. Only students from those states have applied to ACM for the MSAT program.
Lisa H. and Peter H. Currie Endowed Athletic Training Scholarship

A $1,000 competitive scholarship awarded to a first-year athletic training graduate student based on program application scores.

Lechner Scholarship

A $1,000 competitive scholarship awarded to a “new” graduate student in the Department of HLKN who will begin coursework in the summer or fall. Interested incoming MSAT students can contact Dr. Lori Greenwood for further information.

Non-Resident Tuition Waiver

Non-Resident Tuition Waiver

Recipients of a “competitive scholarship” of $1000 or more may be able to receive in-state tuition for the academic year. The University/ College and Department offer scholarships.

Texas Aggie Graduate Grant Application

Texas Aggie Graduate Grant Application

A need-based award (financial need is determined by Scholarship & Financial Aid).

Eligibility requirements: Texas resident, have completed and submitted a FAFSA or TASFA, enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program at Texas A&M (G7 or G8), must be enrolled at least half-time for the semesters you receive the grant.

Professional Organization Scholarships

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Graduate Student Scholarships (Membership required)

Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Graduate Student Scholarships (Membership required)

Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA) Student Scholarships (Membership required)

Tylenol Scholarship

Tylenol has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships to students pursuing an education in healthcare.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from a NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for a NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.

Outside Diversity Scholarships

Outside Diversity Scholarships

Qualifications and deadlines vary but this website has many scholarship opportunities.

Veteran Services Scholarships

Veteran Services Scholarships

General scholarships and affiliated military scholarships are available to students at Texas A&M University.

Clinical Rotation


Clinical education experiences provide students with authentic, real-time opportunities to practice and integrate athletic training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities, including decision-making and professional behaviors required of athletic trainers. Starting early, clinical experiences are planned sequentially to build on the academic knowledge and skills students acquire through coursework.

Clinical rotations may be semester long or shorter (mini-rotations) to provide a variety of experiences over the 2-year program. Clinical experiences are part of academic courses (ATTR 651, 652, 653, 655 and 656) for which students receive academic credit. Students are assigned an average of 15-20 hours/week of clinical experience to provide a regular semester average of 225-300 hours.

CLINICAL ROTATION PLAN AND SCHEDULE

Clinical Rotation Plan & Schedule

Students are assigned to clinical preceptors and sites by the clinical education coordinator (CEC). The CEC develops a rotation schedule through the various experience categories. All students will complete each category but a student’s preferences, career interests, strengths and weaknesses, goals, and prior experience are taken into consideration for placements.

Depending on the competitive season for the sport, students may end a rotation prior to the end of a semester and begin another rotation prior to the beginning of the next semester, (i.e., basketball, post-season football, etc.). Rotations may also continue over school breaks (winter, spring, etc.), or beyond the regular academic semester (i.e., August pre-season football, soccer, cross country and May-June post-season softball, baseball, track, etc.).

Clinical Experience Categories

Clinical Experience Categories

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS TEAM SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (TAMU OR HS) MALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS) FEMALE PATIENTS (TAMU OR HS) NON-SPORT PATIENT POPULATIONS NON-ORTHOPEDIC CONDITIONS PEDIATRIC OR ADOLESCENTS
Track and Field Basketball Football Football Soccer Texas A&M Physician’s Family Medicine Clinic Texas A&M Physician’s Family Medicine Clinic Secondary School Sports
Cross Country Volleyball Basketball Volleyball Surgical Observation TAMU Athletics Primary Care Physicians Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics
Swimming and Diving Football Baseball Track and Field Emergency Room Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics CHI St. Joseph Sports Medicine
Tennis Baseball Track and Field Cross Country Texas A&M Dance Science Program CHI St. Joseph Sports Medicine
Equestrian Softball Cross Country Swimming and Diving Central Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Emergency Room
Golf Soccer Swimming and Diving Basketball CHI St. Joseph’s Brazos Valley Sports Medicine
Tennis Tennis Aggie Corp of Cadets
Golf Equestrian
Golf

Frequently Asked Questions


Master's in Athletic Training

MSAT

  • Where am I allowed take the prerequisite courses for program application?

    The applicant may take the required courses at any university as long as they are equivalent courses to what Texas A&M offers. Students are required to submit course descriptions and syllabi when they apply to the program to ensure that the courses do fulfill the program requirements. However, if unsure of the equivalency, applicants may email the course descriptions and syllabi to the program director in advance.

  • How many students do you admit into the MSAT program each year?

    Admission into the the MSAT program is very competitive. Currently we accept 16 students each year.

  • What undergraduate degree is required for application to the MSAT program?

    No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.

  • Is the athletic training program at Texas A&M accredited?

    Yes, the MSAT received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in July 2013. This allows our graduating students to sit for the BOC examination.

  • What is a professional (entry-level) master’s program in athletic training?

    A professional level master’s program in athletic training is a graduate program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field but wish to pursue BOC credentials as an athletic trainer.

  • What is the difference between a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)? Why do I need both?

    Licensure is a state specific credential. In the state of Texas, individuals with a LAT credential can only practice in the state of Texas. However, those with an ATC credential, through the Board of Certification, can apply for licensure in any state that regulates athletic training and practice in that state. They are not limited to practicing athletic training in only one state.

  • How do you become credentialed as an athletic trainer?

    To become a BOC-certified athletic trainer (ATC), you must earn a degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).

  • Where do athletic trainers work?

    Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) provide services to secondary schools, colleges/universities, and professional sports. They can also serve sports medicine clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals, physician offices, military, performing arts and a variety of occupational settings. The most recent NATA Salary Survey had ATC respondents who represented 42 differe

  • What is athletic training?

    Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Learn more at National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Master's in Athletic Training Admissions

MSAT Admissions

  • Is the TOEFL exam required?

    International students whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Refer to International Graduate Admissions for further information regarding requirements.

  • Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score required?

    Yes, applicants must submit a GRE score to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 150 verbal, 145 quantitative and 3.5 writing is required (a lower GRE may be considered and weighted according to GPA, grades in major coursework, experience, undergraduate program, etc.).

  • Is an interview required?

    Applicants should be available for an interview, either in person, via phone or conference call. Although in person interviews are not required, we encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus to learn more about the program, university and community. Please contact the PD to schedule a visit.

  • How are applicants evaluated for admission into the MSAT program?

    Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a 4-5 member MSAT admission committee. A weighted rubric design is utilized where each area of the application (prerequisite course grades, GPA, GRE, essays, recommendations, observation hours) is assigned a score and a weight (30%, 25%, 20%, 10%, 10%, 5%). The 16 applicants with the highest point total will be offered placement in the program and those who have met minimum requirements but have not initially been offered placement will be placed on a wait list.

  • Will I be able to transfer graduate courses into the MSAT program from another institution?

    Certain courses may be allowable for transfer in consideration of program, department and university limitations. Contact the Program Director for further information regarding transfer rules.

  • How old can the prerequisite courses be?

    Prerequisite courses must generally be taken within 7 years of application. Although individual cases will be reviewed.

  • Can I submit my application even though I am still completing my prerequisite courses?

    You may have prerequisite courses still in progress by the application deadline, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program.

  • Can prerequisite courses be taken at a community college or online?

    Yes, community college and online courses from accredited institutions are acceptable. Only courses that do not include a lab component may be taken online.

  • How do I know if a class I’ve taken fulfills a prerequisite course requirement?

    Equivalent courses will be determined by the program director. Description of prerequisite courses offered at Texas A&M can be found in the Texas A&M undergraduate catalog. Course equivalencies within Texas can be found here. Upon program application, students submit course descriptions to ensure courses fulfill program requirements. Prospective students may email the course descriptions and/or syllabi to the program director in advance of their application to receive a determination.

  • What bachelor’s degree is required for application to the MSAT program?

    No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required prerequisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.

Master's in Athletic Training Curriculum

MSAT Curriculum

  • Will I need a car?

    Although the Aggie Spirit Line is very convenient for students seeking transportation from their apartments to campus, a car is recommended to travel to off campus clinical sites.

  • Where do students live?

    Although TAMU does have graduate student housing, the majority of MSAT students live off campus on a Aggie Spirit bus route. There are a variety of ways to search for student housing in Bryan/College Station. AggieSearch (https://aggiesearch.tamu.edu/) is an online resource for students searching for housing and/or roommates in the community. Once accepted into the program, students will be provided contact information for other incoming students in order to pursue shared housing. The program will send out a housing recommendation list compiled by current and former students.

  • Do you have any graduate assistant positions or scholarships available to help with program costs?

    Because the MSAT program is a full time program with academic and clinical obligations, students are not awarded graduate assistant positions. There are scholarships available through the department, college and professional associations. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the financial aid webpage for specifics regarding cost of graduate attendance as well as sources of financial support.

  • Where are clinical sites located?

    The majority of clinical sites are in Bryan/College Station either at Texas A&M University or within 30 miles of campus.

  • Can I attend the program part-time or via distance education?

    No. The program is a full-time residential program with specifically sequenced courses.

  • When do programs take the BOC exam?

    Students are eligible to sit for the BOC examination within the last semester prior to graduation. Most students sit for the March/April examination which is offered on the TAMU campus.

  • When does the program start?

    The program begins approximately July 1 or the last Monday of June.

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