Appalachian’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) will begin in the summer of 2020.
Appalachian’s two-year, 65-hour graduate program prepares students to become ATs who are engaged members of a health care team and community, and who have the ability to think critically and reflectively and communicate effectively in a changing health care market.
The program will be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), with a curriculum that meets CAATE’s Professional Standards. Students become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification® national examination during their final semester.
In this program, a thesis is optional. One comprehensive examination is given at the end of the first year of study. Each student must complete an evidence-based capstone experience, for which there are two options: a research thesis or a research project.
This is a program that leads to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the National Athletic Trainers' Association for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old); International applicants must also supply TOEFL or IELTS scores
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3 with at least one from a faculty member and one from a licensed health care provider (e.g., Athletic Trainer, Physician, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Nurse, etc.)
Official Transcripts: Sealed or electronic, including prerequisites, from each college/university attended since high school
Supplemental Information: Resume (upload required for application submission); personal statement (upload required for application completion pre- or post-submission), which includes: 1) the applicant’s insight into what is involved in becoming and practicing as an Athletic Trainer, 2) the applicant’s reflection on the observation hours obtained, 3) the applicant’s professional goals and how the MS-AT degree will help them achieve those goals and 4) if the applicant is interested in research, it should include the faculty member(s) with whom the applicant is most interested in working; observation hours (upload required for application completion pre- or post-submission) — documentation of 40 hours of clinical observation/shadowing under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (submission form coming soon).
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to the MS-AT program: Applicants must complete an online application on the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS). If applicants are notified that they have been recommended for admission based on their ATCAS application, students must then apply online to the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies. An interview (in-person or web-based) may be required. Completion of required prerequisite coursework (listed below). Students may be enrolled in prerequisites while applying, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the MS-AT program. These prerequisites are:
- Human Anatomy (4 credits with a lab)
- Human Physiology (4 credits with lab. When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet this requirement.)
- Biology (animal-based; 3-4 credits with lab)
- Chemistry (3-4 credits with lab)
- Physics (4 credits with lab)
- Statistics (3 credits)
- Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
- Psychology (3 credits)
- Biomechanics or Kinesiology (3 credits)
The program director reserves the right to request course syllabi to confirm course content.
Once this program begins matriculating students, graduates’ potential employers may include:
- Colleges and universities
- Secondary schools
- Professional sports teams
- Olympic sports
- Clinics and hospitals
- Military branches
- Occupational health (corporations, commercial settings, etc.)
- Youth leagues
- Performing arts
- Public safety
- Spring: x
- Summer Session 1: 2/1 for the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) application, followed by 4/1 for Appalachian’s graduate school application
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: x
- Part of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, this program builds on a highly successful undergraduate athletic training program that Appalachian has offered for more than 30 years.
- The master’s program includes an evidence-based capstone experience, intended to culminate in a product worthy of professional dissemination.
- Students have opportunities to obtain optional certifications in wilderness medicine or casting and bracing.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The Beaver College of Health Sciences, Athletics and the School of Graduate Studies offer scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
Primarily on campus; curriculum includes two online courses.
Note: First- and second-year students will be assigned to practicums at clinical sites on or off campus.
Certified and licensed/regulated athletic trainer
Dr. Ashley Goodman