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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, M.S.

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The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program prepares individuals for a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The services provided are preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a full-time, cohortmodel program.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is open to all college graduates who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate sufficient preparation, potential for professional education and ability to perform the essential functions needed to practice as an athletic trainer as determined by athletic training faculty review of admission documents.


The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100 Austin, TX 78731-3184; P: 512-733-9700, TOLL FREE: 844-GO-CAATE (844-462-2283).

The CSULB Athletic Training Program CAATE accreditation is for the undergraduate program for academic years 2011-2021. The Athletic Training Program is in the process of applying to transition the undergraduate program to the Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). It is projected that MSAT will begin in Fall 2020. The next CAATE comprehensive accreditation review will occur in academic year 2021-2022.

Please see the Athletic Training Program website for current degree information related to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and the transition process to the Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)  - (http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/kin/athletic-training/).

Program Admission Prerequisite Courses

  1. Hold, or be eligible to hold, an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by an appropriate campus authority, by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.

  2. Have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00),

  3. Have been in good academic, professional, and clinical standing at the last institution and if applicable in the last entry-level athletic training educational program attended,

  4. Have successfully completed the following courses with a minimum of “C” and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. No course may be repeated more than once and no more than 3 prerequisite courses may be repeated. CR/NC grades, correspondence courses, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. It is recommended that no more than two (2) classes may be in progress for consideration for early admission.

Natural Sciences:

Take all of the following courses:

Biological Sciences:

Take all of the following courses:

Behavioral Sciences:

Take the following course:

Nutrition and Dietetics

Take the following course:

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a three-step process:

  1. Submit a completed ATCAS application,
  2. Interview, and
  3. Complete Cal State Apply.

Admission shall be granted on a competitive basis; meeting the admission requirements qualifies an individual for, but does not guarantee admission to the program. The MSAT degree program is a four-semester cohort model with instruction beginning in the Fall term.

Steps to Completing MSAT Application

  • 1. Applicants will complete and submit the online application to the program through ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) (http://atcas.liaisoncas.org/).

  • 2. The ATCAS application requests the below information:

    • Official transcripts of all academic work attempted.

    • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the potential for success as an athletic trainer and/or the scholarly potential of the applicant;

      • One letter must be from a BOC (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer) certified athletic trainer with whom the applicant had a professional association.

      • One from a professor for a prerequisite course which the applicant completed.

      • Documentation of knowledge of athletic training through a minimum of 150 documented hours of volunteer experience under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.

      • Written statement of purpose reflecting the applicant’s commitment to athletic training.

      • Prerequisite requirements. All courses (prerequisite and overall) must be taken from an accredited institution.

  • 3. There are two deadlines for the MSAT program application. Regardles of the admission deadline, incomplete applications will not be reviewed until finalized. All applicants must complete the ATCAS application by:

    • Priority Review Deadline

      • These applicants will be given priority consideration and interviews may be offered by the MSAT Admissions Committee in December or January.

    • Regular Admission Deadline

      • If there is room available in the incoming cohort, applicants who apply during this cycle may be offered an interview. We recommend that interested students apply as early as possible. The program reserves the right to extend the deadline to accept and review of ATCAS applications after the regular deadline if space in the cohort exists.

  • 4. The MSAT Program Admission Committee will conduct applicant interviews to assist in their application reviews and admissions decisions via video conference or face to face. Highly regarded applicants will be invited for the interview in December, January, or February.

  • 5. Applicants that are offered informal admission after the interview will need to complete the Cal State Apply application (CSU requirement) by April 15th to accept the offer of admission.

  • 6. Only applicants deemed eligible to be admitted to the University for Graduate Programs will be officially admitted for admission into the MSAT program.

  • 7. (International Students Only) - Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution are required to satisfy English language requirements. The following test results are accepted by CSULB: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, Eiken, or ALI information.

Graduate Student Admission to the University

  1. Applicants must meet the University (CSULB) admission requirements for Graduate Programs (http://web.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/graduate_programs.html). Applications for graduate admission are accepted October 1 to April 15. Each applicant must apply online to the University (CSULB) as a graduate student through Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply).

  2. Upon receipt of all necessary documents, CSULB Enrollment Services - Admissions for Graduate Programs will review eligibility based on the minimum University admission requirements for Graduate Programs.

  3. If the applicant is deemed eligible for university admission under the admission categories of Graduate Classified or Graduate Conditionally Classified, the graduate student application will be forwarded to MSAT program faculty for approval. The applicant will receive official notification via email of the MSAT admission status from Enrollment Services.

Post-Admission Program Requirements

After admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program, the following documentation must be submitted to the AT Program prior to the beginning of program instruction.

Health insurance, titers and immunizations (HBV series, MMR, Tdap, chicken pox, and meningococcal, and any others required), Negative TB Test (within past 2 months), and BOC (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer) identification number, valid CPR card (as outlined by BOC), and Federal Criminal Background Check. Signed Documentation: Ability to meet Technical Standards with or without accommodations, Statement of Confidentiality, and Communicable Disease Policy.

Adhering to the Athletic Training Programs Technical Standards and academic performance standards functions are required for clinical coursework.


  1. Maintain a 3.00 or better grade point average in all graduate work completed at CSULB.

  2. Make continuous satisfactory progress toward the degree objective.

  3. Each major course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than a “C” is received must be repeated and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any other course for which it is a prerequisite or progression in the program. The program is cohort course sequenced, to repeat a course means the student will be placed on administrative-academic probation and must take an educational leave until the course is offered again in the program sequence. The student will rejoin the program sequence with the next cohort to retake the course. A course can be repeated only once. Failing to meet the course grade standard on the second attempt will result in administrative-academic disqualification from the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Attainment of classified status as a student in a graduate program at CSULB.

  2. Meet the University requirements for advancement to candidacy.

  3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for Graduate Students (http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/gwar/students/).

  4. Complete a minimum of one semester (fall session) of graduate level coursework in the program.

  5. Be enrolled during the term in which advancement to candidacy takes place.

  6. Obtain approval for one’s individual program plan from the Graduate Advisor and then from the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program is a 52 unit, two years, cohort program that includes clinical education.

Comprehensive Exam

Pass written and oral portions of the Comprehensive Exam.

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