Master of Science in Athletic Training
The 2-year post-baccalaureate MSAT option is for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree (not in athletic training) and wish to enter the profession and earn the credential as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
The MSAT curriculum is rooted in basic sciences, emergency care, orthopedic injury assessment and diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions while offering advanced coursework in gross anatomy with cadaver dissection, clinical decision making, applied neuromuscular and biomechanical concepts, orthopedic casting and bracing, optimizing athletic performance, and pathophysiology. The unique curriculum is enhanced through the use of high fidelity patient simulators, state-of-the art motion analysis equipment, and exceptional clinical facilities. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice and gain experiences in clinical decision making that are synthesized across concepts spanning the full scope of practice of an athletic trainer with particular focus on musculoskeletal assessment/diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.
The MSAT requires 70 credits of graduate coursework that is completed over the course of 24 months and requires continuous enrollment. Didactic and clinical courses are sequenced to allow for the greatest amount of depth in both content and clinical application.
MSAT Year One
|Summer – 12 credit hours|
|ATR 5000 Gross Anatomy|
ATR 5101 Foundations of Professional Practice
ATR 5100 Fundamental Skills in Athletic Training
ATR 5102 Managing Medical Emergencies
Summer semester begins in early June and runs through mid-August
|Fall – 15 credit hours|
|ATR 5215 Musculoskeletal Assessment and Diagnosis I|
ATR 5216 Musculoskeletal Assessment and Diagnosis II
ATR 5217 Spine, Posture, and Movement Assessment
ATR 5225 Clinical Decision Making I
ATR 5235 Evidence Based Practice I
ATR 5245 Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation
|Spring – 13 credit hours|
|ATR 5315 Therapeutic Interventions I|
ATR 5316 Therapeutic Interventions II
ATR 5325 Clinical Decision Making II
ATR 5335 Evidence Based Practice II
ATR 5345 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation I
Professional Year Two (PY2)
|Summer – 8 credits|
|ATR 6101 General Medical Conditions*|
ATR 6102 Pathophysiology*
*courses run mid-May through mid-June
ATR 6145 Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation†
†clinical immersion for the month of July
|Fall – 13 credits|
|ATR 6245 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation II|
clinical immersion early August through mid-November
ATR 6215 Leadership and Management in Athletic Training‡
ATR 6315 Optimizing Athletic Performance
ATR 6255 Inter-professional Seminar I
ATR 6217 Advanced Neuromuscular Concepts
|Spring – 9 credits|
|ATR 6345 Elective Clinical Rotation*|
Clinical immersion early January through April
ATR 6235 ¥ Evidence Based Practice III‡
ATR 6316 Clinical Topics in Sports Medicine¥
ATR 6317 Seminar in Athletic Training¥
ATR 6355 Inter-professional Seminar II
¥courses run concurrently on-line with ATR 6345 and meet approximately once a month with face-to-face classes through the end of the semester
In order to successfully complete the 70 credit Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program students are required to have an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 and earn a minimum of a C in all professional coursework.
Students should submit their formal application through the Athletic Training Common Application System (AT-CAS) http://atcas.liaisoncas.com. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis but applications are encouraged to be submitted before January 15. Applications will be reviewed as received and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. HPU students on the 3+2 track are given priority admission. Admission to the MSAT will be based on the following criteria:
|Human anatomy with lab||General Chemistry I with lab|
|Human physiology with lab||General Physics I with lab|
*courses may be in-progress at the time of application and admission is contingent upon completion with a preferred C or better
|Psychology (this requirement will begin in the 2021 application cycle)|
*courses may be in-progress at the time of application and admission is contingent upon completion with a preferred B or better
Conditional admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis but typically no later than March 1st of each calendar year. Late applications will be accepted/reviewed if space is available. Full admission will be determined at the end of the spring semester and is contingent upon completion of required prerequisites that may still be in-progress.
Students will be required to undergo an annual criminal background check prior to engaging in clinical experiences.
Are there scholarships available specifically for students enrolled in the MSAT program?
Unfortunately there are no athletic training specific scholarships available at High Point University. However, students are encouraged to join the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in order to become eligible for scholarships through the NATA Research and Education Foundation once they are admitted to the MSAT program.
What is the tuition structure for the 2-year Master of Science in Athletic Training program?
Graduate tuition is calculated on a fee per credit hour basis. A sample of tuition based on the 2017-18 and 2018-19 tuition rates are included below. Please note that the amounts do not reflect tuition/fee increases that may occur annually or optional dining plans.
|Year at HPU||Tuition/Fee Structure|
|Professional year 1|
|$37,602 combined tuition and fees for the year paid in 3 blocks|
|Summer block = $11,078 tuition plus $1456 comprehensive fees|
|Fall block = $11,077 tuition plus $1457 comprehensive fees|
|Spring block = $11,077 tuition plus $1457 comprehensive fees|
|Professional year 2|
|$38,730 combined tuition and fees for the year paid in 3 blocks|
|Summer block = $11,410 tuition plus $1500 comprehensive fees|
|Fall block = $11,410 tuition plus $1500 comprehensive fees|
|Spring block = $11,410 tuition plus $1500 comprehensive fees|
|Amenities Included in Student Fees|
|Uniforms for clinical rotations||included|
|CPR/Professional Rescuer recertification||included|
|Annual Typhon clinical tracking fee||included|
|Annual Castle Branch document tracking fee||included|
|Annual background check||included|
|Annual drug screening||included|
|Stocked medical kit for clinical experiences||included|
|Cultural Enrichment Events||included|
|Intramurals and Club Sports||included|
|Research Appointments for Library||included|
|Complimentary GPS units||included|
|Complimentary Kindle (Electronic book readers)||included|
|Complimentary TI-89 Calculators||included|
|Library Book Drop-Off||included|
|Restaurant Recommendations and Reservations||included|
|Dry Cleaning Service||included|
|Cultural Enrichment Ticket Distribution||included|
|Daily E-mail and Event Information||included|
|Local information (shopping, attractions)||included|
|Local event information and tickets||included|
Other program expenses
Students are responsible for the costs associated with required annual flu shots. Students are also responsible for all costs associated with their personal transportation to clinical rotations. All HPU students are required to have proof of health insurance and responsible for any expenses incurred to meet this requirement
Students are responsible for all living costs and should be aware that some clinical rotations occur outside of the immediate High Point region and therefore the student may choose to seek short-term housing opportunities in other areas.
Many HPU AT students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for student loans to support their graduate education (School Code 002933). Information about these loans is available in the Office of Student Financial Planning. If you have specific questions, please contact your Student Financial Planning Counselor, Cana Gyongyos Hill, by phone at 336-841-9289 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment of all tuition and fees is due at the beginning of each term of enrollment.
For each application cycle prospective candidates must pay the AT-CAS application fee and the program designation fee. These fees and policies regarding payment and refund are set by AT-CAS. Additional information is available on their website.
All applicants accepted into the program will be charged a $200 nonrefundable deposit to hold their seat. This money will be applied toward their first semester tuition upon matriculation.
Calculation of Charges for Withdrawal from High Point University
When a student registers, it is for the full term or semester. Therefore, if the student withdraws from the University during the period, for whatever reason, the comprehensive fees# (includes: tuition and fees, plus any housing and dining they choose) will be prorated for the first five (5) days of the semester. After the first five (5) days of the semester, 100% of the comprehensive fee will be charged and no refund will be issued.
Any refund is contingent on a student officially withdrawing from the university. To officially withdraw from the university, a student must complete a withdrawal form. This form can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Operations located on the first floor of the Norcross Graduate School.
Students wishing to withdraw should also consult with the Office of Student Financial Planning to determine if stipulations associated with financial aid or loans will lead to changes in the financial statement.
The following table indicates the amount a student will be charged upon official withdrawal. It does not indicate how much a student will be refunded. Refunds are dependent on the total amount of out-of-pocket payments received and the amount of financial aid a student is eligible to keep based on the official withdrawal date.
Amount Student Will Be Charged by Day of Official Withdrawal
|Day||Student Will Be Charged|
|Within the first 5 Days of the Semester||50%|
|After the 5th Day of the Semester||100%|
# The non-refundable deposit to hold a student’s slot in the class, originally credited to tuition, will not be included in the refund calculation.