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High Point University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) on January 13, 2017. CAATE accreditation allows students to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination and earn the credential of certified athletic trainer.

Masters of Science in Athletic Training
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Congdon School of Health Sciences

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree is offered through the Department of Athletic Training, which is housed in the School of Health Sciences. This academic alignment offers a variety of unique learning experiences for preparing future healthcare professionals.

The MSAT is a year-round 24-month curriculum that focuses on athletic training professional content and hands-on patient care experiences. The MSAT requires continuous enrollment and is uniquely designed to teach students how to function in an inter-professional healthcare team that mimics the real dynamic health systems in which they will work. Students will engage in common courses with other graduate students in Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy.

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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.

Admission requirements:

Admission to the MSAT will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Preferred overall undergraduate GPA 3.0 or greater
  2. Preferred C or better in the following courses.
  3. *courses may be in-progress at the time of application and admission is contingent upon completion with a preferred C or better

    Human anatomy with lab General Chemistry I with lab
    Human physiology with lab General Physics I with lab
    Biology
  4. Preferred B or better in the following coursework.
Exercise physiology*
Nutrition*
Biomechanics*
Psychology

*courses may be in-progress at the time of application and admission is contingent upon completion with a preferred B or better

  1. Required minimum of 50 hours of clinical observation under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
  2. Required current certification in CPR. Either American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers are preferred. Proof of certification required at time of interview.
  3. Required 2 recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate school
  4. 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.
  5. Successful completion of an on-campus interview with the MSAT Admissions Committee (invitation only)

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.

The HPU Advantage
Masters of Science in Athletic Training applying cast to patients wrist
Gross Anatomy with Hands-On Cadaver Dissection
Students have the opportunity to learn about the human body beyond the traditional classroom through advanced coursework in gross anatomy with hands-on cadaver dissection. Learning anatomy with real cadavers is a true advantage for students at HPU. Cadaver dissection creates an active learning environment that deepens students’ understanding of the human body serving as a critical foundation for the assessment and diagnosis of sport-related injuries.
Biomechanics Lab
Research Experiences in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Research Laboratory
Students have opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored research experiences in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Research Laboratory. The research experiences are an interdisciplinary approach to research and education that attracts and integrates students, faculty and clinicians from diverse professional backgrounds, experiences, and scientific perspectives in the degree programs in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Physical Therapy. With a primary focus on injury risk and prevention, these research labs foster a collaborative environment to support both faculty and student initiated activities that strive to reduce injury risk and improve the health and performance of physically active individuals of all ages.
Athletic Training Clinical Training with Patient
Clinical Rotations
Clinical rotations provide students with the opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice with actual patients. With more than 20 clinical sites in the High Point region students get to experience firsthand the injuries and illnesses they have learned about and become an integral part of the patient care team working side-by-side with certified athletic trainers, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
Athletic Training Clinical Simulation
Clinical Decision Making Courses
Clinical decision making courses facilitate integration of clinical experience, patient values and the best available evidence in providing patient care, determining effectiveness of athletic training services, utilization of healthcare informatics, and the role of quality improvement initiatives within practice settings.
Masters of Science in Athletic Training
Interprofessional Environment
The Congdon School of Health Sciences is committed to fostering an interprofessional environment where students from multiple health professions programs learn how to function as a team to ensure the best patient-centered care. This team approach includes students in athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and pharmacy. Our goal is to prepare healthcare professionals who can use their individual expertise yet work collaboratively achieve optimal patient outcomes.
HPU’s Graduate AT Program Receives 100% Pass Rate
HPU’s Graduate AT Program Receives 100% Pass Rate
HPU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Class of 2021 scored a perfect pass rate on the National Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
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