The MSAT program is for students interested in becoming athletic trainers. It is a professional master's degree that provides entry to the athletic training profession upon successfully challenging the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. As such, the core courses will address the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are health care providers who work collaboratively with other health care providers in schools, universities, clinics, physician offices, with law enforcement and the military, etc. to prevent, evaluate, and manage injuries/illnesses in the physically active population.
This 65 credit program requires full-time attendance for 24 months and combines classroom and laboratory learning with clinical rotations in which students provide care to patients under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Preceptors are athletic trainers and physicians who guide the students through the hands-on application of the knowledge they are gaining in their coursework. Students complete clinical rotations across a variety of affiliate sites in multiple settings, such as universities/colleges, high schools, clinics/hospitals, and physician practices.
All students must apply using the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) as well as making application to the Graduate School at UNCP. The Admission Requirements are as follows:
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning, with a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA
- Official transcript verification that the following prerequisite coursework has been completed at the college level:
- Biology (lab required) One course of general or cellular biology
- Human Anatomy (lab required) When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are required in order to satisfy this requirement
- Human Physiology (lab required) When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are required in order to satisfy this requirement
- Chemistry (lab required)
- Physics (lab required)
- Biomechanics or Kinesiology (lab preferred)
- Statistics (3 credits) Course should include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design
- General Psychology (3 credits)
- Exercise Physiology (lab preferred)
- Nutrition (3 credits)
- Personal statement
- Official, original GRE scores (Code 4573)
- Proof of current CPR for Health Care Providers or CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Documentation of at least 50 observation hours under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer
Students may apply while the undergraduate degree or prerequisite courses are still in progress, but all courses must be completed by the start of the program. Applicants may be offered admission contingent upon producing an official transcript verifying conferral of a baccalaureate-level degree. Failure to provide proof of degree will result in withdrawal of the offer of admission, withdrawal from all current classes, and forfeiture of tuition and fees.
Curriculum and Course Sequencing
Students are admitted in the spring and begin the program in the summer. There are periods of time where students will be fully engaged in coursework and times they are fully immersed in the clinical environment. The first immersive clinical experience will occur at the end of the first summer and will last for 2 weeks. During the first year students will be engaged in the clinical environment while taking courses. The students will take courses during the first part of the second summer and then have a 4 week immersive clinical experience. The first 11 weeks of the second fall semester will include an immersive football rotation. Students will then be back on campus and fully engaged in coursework for the remaining 5 weeks. Students will finish their coursework during the first half of the second spring semester and then complete their final immersive rotation.
Program Specific Costs
Students in the MSAT are charged a $200 tuition differential per term. This tuition differential is used by the program to purchase uniform items (AT polos and jacket) and to pay for students to attend the ACES Preparatory Workshop and take practice exams in preparation for the BOC exam. The student is responsible for the following additional costs associated with the MSAT Program:
Required Expenses (before first clinical and maintained throughout the program):
1. Professional Liability Insurance ($38/year)
2. ATrack Access ($45/year)
3. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen ($66/year)
4. Transportation to off-campus rotation sites (TBD but all sites are currently within a 30 minute radius of campus)
5. Additional uniform items (khaki or black pants and shorts; appropriate dress clothes for indoor sports events)
6. Cost associated with taking the Board of Certification Exam (in spring of 2nd year)
Recommended for Professional Development
1. NATA Membership ($58/year for new members and $78/year for returning members)
2. UNC Pembroke Athletic Training Student Association dues ($10/semester)
3. Cost associated with attending NCATA, MAATA, and NATA Symposiums (TBD)
1. Additional AT polo or other AT items (price TBD)
Retention and Graduation Requirements
The academic progress of each MSAT student is monitored by the Program Director as well as by the Dean of the Graduate School. An accumulation of nine (9) semester hours of "C" quality work , or a single grade of "F," makes a graduate student ineligible to continue graduate studies or to receive a graduate degree at UNC Pembroke, and the student will be dismissed.
A minimum GPA of a 3.0 and successful completion of all MSAT courses is required in order to receive the master's degree. Students also must score a 3 on the required AT Milestones and 70% or higher on each of the domains on the comprehensive preparatory examinations. Students will have three attempts to earn the required score on the comprehensive preparatory examinations.
The MSAT faculty encourage students to apply for scholarships to assist with paying for school or other expenses.
Jack Cramer Scholarship due December 31
North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association due February 1
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association due March 1
The Graduate School Tuition Scholarship due March 29