The advisors for athletic training are:
An athletic trainer is a health care professional licensed to work under the direction of a physician to provide a broad spectrum of patient care services in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are comprehensive health care providers with specialization in orthopedics and sports medicine.
Students interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training and sitting for the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination are advised to complete the B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness in order to complete suggested prerequisites for application to a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program.
Students interested in specifically pursing the High Point University Master of Science in Athletic Training combined with the BS in Exercise Science (3+2 MSAT program) will work with their Student Success Coach, Britt Carl (firstname.lastname@example.org), to develop pre-athletic training course schedules and be considered BS.EXS.ATR majors. Beyond the freshmen year students will be assigned to a faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science with additional consultation from Dr. Jolene Henning in the Department of Athletic Training. Once admitted to the MSAT degree students are advised by athletic training faculty members.
Attending the University of Virginia
“The professors in our department have been nothing less than supportive of my goals and willing to help as much as they can to help me reach them; not only by providing me with a strong educational foundation, but also by writing recommendations and giving their professional advice. The research experience I’ve had here at High Point made my resume and clinical skills so competitive. Having authored or co-authored 11 scientific abstracts presented at national and international clinical symposia and co-authored 2 manuscripts that are currently under review in sports medicine related journals definitely made my resume stand out when I was applying to graduate school.”
Attending the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
“High Point University had a very fundamental hand in helping prepare me not only for graduate school, but also for the professional life. During my time at High Point University I had the opportunity to work in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab, serve as a University Ambassador and Peer Mentor, serve as a student athletic trainer with numerous High Point University athletic teams, and experience a variety of classes that has changed my view of the world.”
Attending the University of Kentucky
“HPU has prepared me in so many ways for this next chapter in my life. Not only have they prepared me academically, but I have also learned other critical skills regarding professionalism and the importance of networking and relationship building.”
Common prerequisites required for application to a master’s degree program include the following:
|Course Description||HPU Equivalent|
|Human Anatomy||BIO 2070 Human Anatomy|
|Human Physiology||BIO 2060 Human Physiology|
|General Chemistry I with Lab||CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I with lab|
|General Physics I with Lab||PHY 1510/1511 General Physics I with lab|
|Exercise Physiology||EXS 2200 Exercise Physiology|
|Biomechanics||EXS 2300 Biomechanics|
|Nutrition||EXS 4275 Sport Nutrition|
|Exercise Testing and Prescription||EXS 3200 Exercise Testing and Prescription|
|Health Behavior Change||EXS 4400 Health Behavior Change|
**Students are also encouraged to obtain clinical observation hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer
On May 20, 2015 the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) jointly announced that minimum requirements in athletic training education will be elevated to the master’s degree level. This change in required degree level was the result of 2.5 years of market analysis and monitoring of best practices in healthcare education. High Point University has anticipated this announcement and has positioned itself to be on the leading edge of this transition to graduate education. High Point University will enroll its first class of graduate students in athletic training in 2017.
Students should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) early in their junior year and aim for a score > 500 on verbal and > 500 on quantitative sections. GRE scores allow for better insight into the student’s writing skills.
Applicants should obtain certification in either American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.
Non-native speakers of English with international transcripts, regardless of U.S. citizenship, must validate proficiency in the English language. Applicants may submit a satisfactory score on a language proficiency test. If the TOEFL is the chosen test, the minimum required score depends on the form of the exam taken (internet based – 79, or paper based – 550). A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.