Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

    Mission, Goals, & Objectives

    MSAT Mission

    The mission of the Marywood University Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is to provide high quality didactic and clinical education opportunities to our students to prepare them to practice as autonomous clinicians within the profession of athletic training. In support of the university’s mission and core values, the MSAT is dedicated to developing young professionals through the use of educational experiences that emphasize excellence, empowerment, respect, and service.

    Program Goals and Objectives

    Goal 1: Provide comprehensive didactic and clinical education incorporating the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of an entry-level athletic trainer.

    • Objective 1.1: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated application of all required coursework and a level deemed effective by the program faculty.
    • Objective 1.2: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the clinical setting to provide best practice care to their patients.
    • Objective 1.3: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have completed a variety of high-quality, authentic, real-life clinical experiences with a variety of patients in a variety of clinical settings.

    Goal 2: Provide professional mentorship to demonstrate the professional framework required to practice ethically as a healthcare provider.

    • Objective 2.1: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated a commitment to practice in accordance with the NATA Code of Ethics, BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and national, state, and institutional policies.
    • Objective 2.2: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to practice athletic training with compassion, empathy, and respect for all patients.
    • Objective 2.3: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to advocate on behalf of their patients and the profession of athletic training.

    Goal 3: Support research, scholarship, and continuing education as critical components of providing high-quality healthcare services.

    • Objective 3.1: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to locate, analyze, and incorporate current research into evidence-based practice.
    • Objective 3.2: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to develop clinical questions to perform original research.
    • Objective 3.3: Upon completion of the program graduates will have demonstrated the ability to produce peer-reviewed scholarly work to submit for presentation at professional conferences and/or publication in professional publications.
    • Objective 3.4: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have attended at least one professional conference.

     

    Academic Flexibility

    • Enter as a freshman- Five-year BS/MS (3+2) program
    • Enter as a graduate student- Those with a BA or BS degree may earn their master of science in athletic training (MSAT) degree in two years.

    Program Retention Requirements

    Following admission to the MSAT program, and prior to beginning classes, students must submit the following documentation:

    1. Marywood University Health History, Physical Examination, and Immunization Records Form
    2. Proof of the following immunizations
      1. 2-step PPD (w/in 1 year)
      2. 2-step MMR
      3. Titers for rubella, mumps, rubeola, & varicella
      4. Hepatitis B (at lest the 1st shot in series)
      5. Polio
      6. DTP
      7. Tdap (w/in the last 10 years)
    3. Communicable Disease Policy Signature Page
    4. NPI number
    5. Student Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
    6. Pennsylvania Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse Training Completion
    7. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification (Act 151)
    8. Pennsylvania Criminal Records Check (Act 34)
    9. FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114)

    Retention in the MSAT is determined by the student’s continuous academic, clinical, and behavioral progress based on the following criteria:

    1. Maintain an overall QPA of 3.0 or better
    2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the MSAT program
    3. Maintain Basic Life Support CPR & AED certification
    4. Complete annual bloodborne pathogens training
    5. Complete annual HIPPA and FERPA training
    6. Maintain student membership in the NATA
    7. Maintain personal malpractice liability insurance

    Probation Policy

    If the GPA criteria listed in in the retention requirements section are not maintained, the following actions will be taken:

    1. The student will receive written notification from the program director concerning probationary status.
    2. The student must meet with their academic advisor and the  program director to determine a course of action to remedy the deficient GPA. The student must follow through with the course of action set by their academic advisor, program director and student in order to be removed from probation.
    3. If the student has not achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the probationary period, they will be removed from the program, and will need to reapply for admission.

    If a student fails to earn a grade of "C" or better in any course in the MSAT program, the following actions will be taken:

    1. The student will receive written notification from the program director concerning probationary status.
    2. The student must meet with the appropriate course instructor and program director to determine a course of action to remedy the deficient grade. The student must follow through with the course of action set by the course instructor, program director, and student in order to be removed from probation.
    3. If the student has not remediated the deficient grade sufficiently by the end of the probationary period, they will be removed from the program and will need to reapply for admission.

    Students have the right to file a grievance if they believe they have been treated unfairly or unjustly by instructional staff, chair or dean with regard to an academic matter. For information regarding policies and procedures for academic grievances, click here.

    Program Specific Costs

    Associated Costs

    DescriptionCost
    NATA Student Membership $65.00-$85.00 per year
    ATrack subscription $45.00 per year
    Personal liability insurance ~40.00 per year
    Professional attire- polos, khaki-style pants, all-weather clothing, etc. ~$250.00
    Professional equipment- sling bag, fanny pack, etc $50.00-$100.00
    Travel- clinical sites, professional conferences, etc. cost is variable depending on distance and mode of transportation
    ECC re-certification $25.00-$75.00
    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification (Act 151) $13.00 (one-time cost)
    Pennsylvania Criminal Records Check (Act 34) $22.00 (one-time cost)
    FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) $22.60 (one-time cost)
    Additional immunizations, as needed, to meet the university’s requirements  cost is variable

    Course Descriptions

    510 Concepts in Athletic Training (3)

    This course provides an introduction to the profession of athletic training including basic skills required for injury prevention and treatment, as well as, an overview of the psychological and social aspects associated with injury and recovery.  This course provides an introduction to clinical decision making through an exploration of evidence-based practice frameworks, a team approach to healthcare, legal and ethical considerations, primacy of the patient, effective communication and concepts of professionalism and cultural competence.

     

    520 Emergency Care in Athletic Training (2)

    This course instructs the student in recognition, evaluation, and treatment of emergent conditions that may occur in the physically active population. This course provides a comprehensive approach to the identification of risk factors, preparation of emergency action plans, and recognition and care of emergency medical conditions including those that may lead to sudden death. Students are required to have current certification in Basic Life Support CPR & AED.

     

    530 Research Experience in Athletic Training (2)

    This course will introduce the fundamentals of research design and interpretation, including basic statistical analysis. Students will read, summarize, and interpret current literature related to athletic training and determine how it applies to clinical practice.

     

    540 General Medicine and Pharmacology in AT (3)

    This course will focus on the key concepts of evaluation, diagnosis, and management of general medical conditions commonly seen in the athlete. Students will be able to use an evidence-based approach to identify, explain, and assess pathologies and apply these concepts in real-life scenarios.

     

    550 Clinical Analysis and Prescription (3)

    This course is designed to promote an understanding of the adaptations of the human body in response to exercise, as well as, fundamental concepts of strength and conditioning. The course will provide the student with anatomy and physiology of various systems of the body, programs, theories, and concepts vital to exercise prescription, corrective exercise, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, and reconditioning for return to activity.

     

    560 Clinical Education I (1)

    This course accompanies the first of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum in order to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of athletic training through the completion of a two-week immersive clinical education experience.

     

     

    561 Clinical Education II (1.5)

    This course accompanies the second of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum in order to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to allow students to review and demonstrate lower extremity injury evaluations, foundational athletic training skills, and emergency management techniques through the completion of a 15-week clinical education experience.

     

    562 Clinical Education III (2)

    This course is designed to accompany the third of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of upper extremity dysfunction, demonstrate therapeutic exercise and modality applications through the completion of a 15-week clinical education experience.

     

    563 Clinical Education IV (1)

    This course accompanies the fourth of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum in order to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of upper and lower extremity dysfunction through the completion of a 5-week immersive clinical education experience with patients who participate in non-sport activities.

     

    564 Clinical Education V (2)

    This course accompanies the fifth of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum in order to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to allow students to further develop clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic conditions, as well as expose students to non-orthopedic conditions through the completion of an 8-week immersive clinical education experience.

     

    565 Clinical Education VI (3)

    This course is designed to accompany the third of six clinical experiences in the athletic training curriculum to further develop and enhance the practical skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice. This course is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of upper extremity dysfunction, demonstrate therapeutic exercise and modality applications through the completion of a 15-week immersive clinical education experience.

     

    570 Evaluation and Assessment I (3)

    This course teaches evaluation techniques of the lower extremity, including the foot, ankle, knee and hip, as well as orthopedic conditions of the lower extremity. This course educates students in performance of assessment and documentation techniques for the lower extremity, including palpation, goniometry, strength testing, neurologic examination, and anthropometric measures.

     

    571 Evaluation and Assessment II (3)

    This course teaches evaluation techniques of the upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, as well as orthopedic conditions of the upper extremities. This course educates students in performance of assessment and documentation techniques for the lower extremity, including palpation, goniometry, strength testing, neurologic examination, and anthropometric measures.

     

    572 Evaluation and Assessment III (2)

    This course focuses on evaluation and treatment techniques of the spine and pelvis, including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joints, as well as common orthopedic conditions of the trunk in the physically active population. This course will also provide a comprehensive approach to assessment of the spine posture and dynamic movement patterns as it relates to musculoskeletal injuries.

     

    580 Therapeutic Interventions I (3)

    This course explores the concepts of designing therapeutic interventions for patients with physical dysfunctions that stem from inflammation, pain, and limited movement patterns.  The primary focus is on the use of therapeutic modalities and manual therapy techniques.

     

    581 Therapeutic Interventions II (2)

    This course provides an in-depth exploration of the concepts of designing therapeutic interventions and corrective exercise plans for patients with physical dysfunctions and limitations associated with orthopedic injuries, pathological movement patterns, and post-operative rehabilitation.

     

    585 Organization and Administration in AT (2)

    This course will focus on the aspects of professional management and administrative issues in athletic training, including program management, human resources, insurance, risk management, ethics, pre-participation examinations and facility design.

     

    590 Capstone in Athletic Training (1) This course is designed for research discussion of critical questions and contemporary issues in athletic training and sports medicine. The course also serves to prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination and for becoming licensed to practice as an athletic trainer. Through the use of self-assessments, students will identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, create tailored study plans, and complete practice examinations.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    In order to be approved for graduation by the program director, the student must:

    1. Complete between 1150 and 1445 supervised clinical experience hours during their clinical education coursework.
    2. Earn a cumulative QPA of 3.0 in all MSAT program coursework.
    3. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all MSAT program coursework.
    4. Complete all educational competencies with a score equal to 80% (4 out of 5) or better.
    5. Complete a comprehensive exam in their final semester with a score of 80% or better.
    6. Attend at least one professional conference.
    7. Prepare scholarly work for peer-review submission at professional conferences or in professional publications.
    8. Adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the MSAT Policies and Procedures Manual.
    9. Adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics, BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and national, state, and institutional policies that govern the practice of athletic training.

    Degree Conferral and Certification

    Those students entering the program as undergraduates will be awarded the BS in Exercise Science upon successful completion of the exercise science curriculum through fall semester of year four. Students successfully completing the master’s degree curriculum will be awarded the MSAT degree at the end of their 5th year. Students entering the program who have already earned a baccalaureate degree will be awarded the MSAT degree at the end of their 2nd year. Graduates of the MSAT program are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination. Once a candidate passes the BOC exam they are eligible to work as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

    Academic Grievances 

Five-Year Bachelor's to Master's Program

    Overview: Five-Year Program

    The BS/MS program is designed for incoming freshmen who are interested in an accelerated path towards the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree. In this option, students complete the required coursework to earn a BS in Exercise Science and enter the professional phase of the MSAT program in the summer of their third year. At the conclusion of fall semester of their fourth year, students will receive their BS in Exercise Science, followed by the MSAT degree at the completion of their 5th year. Students must earn the BS in Exercise Science degree at the conclusion of their fourth year, or they will not be able to continue in the MSAT program.

    Students who wish to progress into the professional phase of the MSAT program will be required to meet requirements set forth below. Students who successfully meet all of the pre-requisite admissions criteria will be guaranteed admission into the MSAT program.

    All requests for transfer/change of major into the BS/MS program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Athletic Training Program Director. Successful completion of pre-requisite coursework by students not accepted into the BS/MS track as freshmen does not guarantee acceptance into the MSAT.

    Admissions Requirements: Five-Year Program

    1. Acceptance into Marywood University as a freshman.
    2. A notification of intent to enter into the MSAT must be completed during the fall semester of the student’s third year in the BS/MS program.
    3. Marywood University graduate admissions application submitted no later than March 15th of the student’s third year.
    4. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all pre-requisite coursework listed here:
      1. BIOL 121 & 121L - Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab
      2. BIOL 122 & 122L - Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
      3. CHEM 121 & 121L - Principles of Chemistry and Lab
      4. BIOL 110 & 110L -Principles of Biology and Lab
      5. PHYS 303 & 303L - General Physics and Lab
      6. ATES 225 & 225L - Physiology of Exercise and Lab
      7. ATES 221- Kinesiology
      8. ATES 236 -Research Methods in Athletic Training & Exercise Science
      9. ATES 324 - Motor Learning
      10. ATES 360 -Exercise Testing & Prescription and Lab
      11. ND 112 - Nutrition I
      12. ND 213 - Nutrition II
      13. MATH 155 - Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences
      14. PSYCH 211 - General Psychology
    5. Overall QPA of 3.00 or better
    6. Personal Statement
    7. 2 letters of recommendation
      1. 1 must be from a college or university faculty member
      2. 1 must be from a Certified Athletic Trainer
    8. Current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) from one of the following approved providers:
      Provider Name Course Title
      American Heart Association ACLS
      American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider
      American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
      American Safety & Health Institute BLS
      Emergency Care & Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
      National Safety Council BLS for Health Care & Professional Rescuers
    1. 100 hours of clinical observation with a Certified Athletic Trainer
    2. Signed Technical Standards Form

    Curriculum: Five-Year Program

    Year One

    Fall

    BIOL 121              Anatomy & Physiology I  

    BIOL 121L           Anatomy & Physiology I Lab          

    CHEM 121           Principles of Chemistry     

    CHEM 121L         Principles of Chemistry Lab            

    ENGL 160            Composition & Rhetoric   

    Language              Language I

     

    Spring

    BIOL 122              Anatomy & Physiology II

    BIOL 122L           Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

    ATES 150             Intro to Ex Science Careers & Content

    ATES 204             Teaching Group Exercise

    MATH 155           Statistics- Behav./Soc. Sci.

    RST 112                Modern Belief

    Language              Language II

     

    Year Two

    Fall

    BIOL 110              Principles of Biology

    BIOL 110L           Principles of Biology Lab

    PHYS 303             General Physics I

    PHYS 303L          General Physics I Lab

    ATES  221            Kinesiology

    ATES 201             Team Sports

    ATES 115             Aquatics

    ATES 111R          Weight Lifting

     

    Spring

    ATES 225             Physiology of Exercise

    ATES 225L          Physiology of Exercise Lab

    ATES 324             Motor Learning

    PHIL 113              Intro to Philosophy

    ENGL 180            Intro to World Lit.

    FA                          Fine Arts

    HIST                      History (global)

     

     

    Year Three

    Fall

    ND 112 Nutrition I

    ATES 215             Intro to Sports Med

    ATES 380             Ex Chronic Disease

    ATES 236             Research Methods in ATES

    RST                        Upper level Religion

    PSYC 211             General Psychology

     

    Spring

    ATES 340             Clinical Assessment

    ATES 360             Exercise Test. & Prescription

    ATES 360L          Ex. Test. & Prescription Lab

    ND 213 Nutrition II

    ATES 495             Senior Seminar in Ex Science

    PHIL                      Upper level philosophy

    ENGL                    Upper level English

     

    Summer

    ATES 510             Concepts in Athletic Training

    ATES 520             Emergency Care in Athletic Training

    ATES 560             Clinical Education I

     

    Year Four

    Fall

    ATES 570             Evaluation and Assessment I

    ATES 580             Therapeutic Interventions I

    ATES 561             Clinical Education II

    ND 331 Sports Nutrition

    HIST      History elective

    Elective

     

     BS in Exercise Science awarded at conclusion of Fall in Year Four.

     

    Spring

    ATES 571             Evaluation and Assessment II

    ATES 581             Therapeutic Interventions II

    ATES 530             Research Experience in Athletic Training

    ATES 562             Clinical Education III

     

    Summer

    ATES 572             Evaluation and Assessment III

    ATES 540             General Medicine and Pharmacology in AT

    ATES 563             Clinical Education IV

    Year Five

    Fall

    ATES 550             Clinical Analysis and Prescription

    ATES 585             Organization and Administration in AT

    ATES 564             Clinical Education V

     

    Spring

    ATES 590             Capstone in Athletic Training

    ATES 565             Clinical Education VI

     

    MSAT in Athletic Training awarded.

Two-Year Program

    Overview: Two-Year Program

    The two-year MSAT program is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree or all pre-requisite coursework at the time you apply, you will be able to submit final verification later. Students must have an earned bachelor’s degree and complete all pre-requisite coursework by the end of the first summer session or they will not be able to continue in the program.

    Applications will be accepted through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) or through Marywood University’s graduate admissions office. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with early action decisions occurring for all applications received by January 1st. After January 1st, applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full.

    Admissions Requirements: Two-Year Program

    1. Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
    2. Completed application through Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).
    3. Official transcript verification the following undergraduate coursework was completed with a grade of “C” or better:
      1. Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits)
      2. Biology (4 credits)
      3. Chemistry (4 credits)
      4. Physics (4 credits)
      5. Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
      6. Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits)
      7. Nutrition (3 credits)
      8. Statistics (3 credits)
      9. General Psychology (3 credits)
    4. Personal statement
    5. 3 letters of recommendation
      1. 1 must be from a college or university faculty member
      2. 1 must be from a Certified Athletic Trainer
    6. Current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) from one of the following approved providers:
      Provider Name Course Title
      American Heart Association ACLS
      American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider
      American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
      American Safety & Health Institute BLS
      Emergency Care & Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
      National Safety Council BLS for Health Care & Professional Rescuers
    7. 100 hours of clinical observation with a Certified Athletic Trainer
    8. Signed Technical Standards Form
    9. Interview with program faculty
    10. GRE scores - there is no required minimum score. Use Designated Institution (DI) code 4511 in ATCAS

                           If English is not the native language of the applicant:

                           Minimum TOEFL iBT (internet) score of 90 from within the past 2 years must be submitted

                           or

                           Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 from within the past 2 years must be submitted

    Curriculum: Two-Year Program

    Year One

    Summer

    ATES 510             Concepts in Athletic Training

    ATES 520             Emergency Care in Athletic Training

    ATES 560             Clinical Education I

     

    Fall

    ATES 570             Evaluation and Assessment I

    ATES 580             Therapeutic Interventions I

    ATES 561             Clinical Education II

     

    Spring

    ATES 571             Evaluation and Assessment II

    ATES 581             Therapeutic Interventions II

    ATES 530             Research Experience in Athletic Training

    ATES 562             Clinical Education III

     

    Year Two

    Summer

    ATES 572             Evaluation and Assessment III

    ATES 540             General Medicine and Pharmacology in AT

    ATES 563             Clinical Education IV

     

    Fall

    ATES 550             Clinical Analysis and Prescription

    ATES 585             Organization and Administration in AT

    ATES 564             Clinical Education V

     

    Spring

    ATES 590             Capstone in Athletic Training

    ATES 565             Clinical Education VI

     

    MSAT in Athletic Training awarded.