Athletic Training M.S.

The Athletic Training Program at Georgia College provides a unique educational environment because it uses an evidenced-based learning approach in which functional application skills are presented in addition to foundational didactic components. Students acquire critical thinking skills which, when combined with clinical experiences, prepare them to enter a wide range of professional athletic training settings. Graduates of our programs are able to pursue their ambitions as a healthcare professional by choosing the specific athletic training practice setting that meets their career goals.

Accreditation

The professional athletic training program (MSAT) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2019.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to their education and state practice act. Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of people – not just athletes participating in sports – and do not train people as personal or fitness trainers do. In other countries, athletic therapist and physiotherapist are similar titles. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.  To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state.  Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination. Soon all Professional Athletic Training Programs will only result in the Masters Degree.

Currently, Georgia College offers a M.S. in Athletic Training. Students receive formal instruction in areas including evidenced-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injuries and illnesses, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, sports nutrition, and interprofessional education.  The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training following the medical model allows students to acquire critical thinking skills which, when combined with clinical experiences (including a semester long clinical immersion), prepare them to enter a wide range of professional athletic training settings. Professional training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Graduates of our programs are able to pursue their ambitions as a healthcare professional by choosing the specific athletic training practice setting that meets their career goals.

How do I become an Athletic Trainer?

1. Apply and be accepted into a CAATE-accredited program
2. Graduate from a CAATE-accredited program
3. Sit for and pass the BOC certification examination
4. Graduates from the MS in Athletic Training program are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification exam. Opportunities exist for employment as certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) in high schools, colleges/universities, sports medicine clinics and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, wellness/fitness centers, corporate/industrial, or other emerging practice settings. To learn more about a career in athletic training, visit these resources:

Professional Associations  

Student BOC Pass Rate
Programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam.

  2014-
2015 
2015-
2016
2016-
2017
2017-
2018
 
 
3 Year
Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 25 21 19 15     55
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 25 21 18 13     52
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 21 19 16 12     47
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 84 90 89 92     90
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 25 21 18 13     52
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100 100 100 100     100

Student Graduation Rate
Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excludes students with a deceased or Leave of Absence (medical) status).

    2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 YR Aggregate
                   
Number of students graduating from program.       16 16 14 25 21 19 15 55  
Student Graduation Rate (%)       100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100  


Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

Employment rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

  2014-
2015
2015-
2016
2016-
2017
2017-
2018
3 YR
Aggregate
 
Number of students Employed as AT      21      16 14 10 40  
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 84 76 74 67 73  
Number of students employed as other 2 2 2 4 8  
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 8 10 11 27 15  
Number of students not employed 2 3 3 1 7  
Student Not Employed rate (%) 8 14 16 7 13  

In accordance with the CAATE Standards for Accreditation the following additional fees are disclosed.

Athletic Training Program Costs

In addition to customary university fees, students majoring in athletic training are responsible for supplementary costs related to the Athletic Training Program (ATP). This may include the cost of certifications, transportation to assigned clinical field experience sites and/or observations, liability insurance, as well as the purchase of professional attire, copying/printing, and AT supplies.

*All Program Fees are listed below are subject to change!

Tuition

Full -Time Students tuition varies based on In-State Tuition vs. Out of State Tuition. On-campus housing and meal plans vary in cost depending on your selection and needs.

Physical Examination and Immunizations

All full-time students are required to submit a completed proof of immunization form prior to matriculating.  For most students, proof of adequate immunization against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and varicella (chickenpox) along with completion of the following:

Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment

Cost: Varies depending on your immunization needs

ATP Vaccinations Requirements

Influenza Vaccination is strongly recommended annually for students involved in pre-clinical field observations and professional program clinical field experience.

Cost:  Free for students on campus

PPD

PPD Vaccination is required annually for students involved in the professional program clinical field experiences for surgery.

Cost: $5.00 at GC’s Student Health Service

Student Liability Insurance

Students in the program are required to purchase student liability insurance prior to beginning clinical experiences in the program.  Policies are purchased through HPSO.

Cost: $38.00/year

CPR Professional Rescuer

Current CPR and First Aid certification is required for students in the Athletic Training Program.

Examples of courses that provide the above requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer through the American Red Cross
  • BLS Healthcare Provider through the American Red Cross
  • BLS Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association

Cost: Approximately $35.00 CPR/FA Card (2-year certification)

Membership to Professional Organizations

Students are required to join NATA as a student member by their final year in the curriculum.

Cost: $60/year

Transportation to Clinical Experiences

The Program attempts to keep students local for at least one semester each year, however costs are incurred for transportation for additional semesters.

Cost: Variable - but can be significant (Approx $500/year)

Board of Certification (BOC ®) Fees

Cost:  $35 (if NATA member) Exam Fee - $300 (last semester only)

Professional Attire

Each athletic training student will be required to invest in professional attire in order to meet the standards of professional practice in clinical education field experiences.

Cost: Approximately $150 for year

Lab Fees

As a component to tuition, certain courses require athletic training students to pay lab fees. Each athletic training student will incur a clinical laboratory fee of approximately $100 during the course of the program. These fees are used to pay for the cost of teaching aids and expendable supplies.

The Athletic Training Program in the School of Health and Human Performance is now a graduate program that utilizes the ATCAS application system in addition to a separate application to Georgia College.  

Note: 

  • Application to ATCAS does not constitute application to Georgia College. These are two separate processes
  • Completion of the B.S. in Athletic Training degree invalidates application to the MS in Athletic Training degree as both are entry-level degrees leading to certification. If you have already completed a BS in Athletic Training degree and are a Certified Athletic Trainer, then this program is not suitable for your graduate education. The School of Health and Human Performance offers an MS in Health and Human Performance or MAT- Kinesiology/Physical Education which may be more suitable (www.gcsu.edu/shhp).
  • This is a two-year, six-semester program. It requires summer courses for both years of enrollment.

Your complete application must include:

  • Completed ATCAS Application: The completed application will include all components of the application, including professional resume, letters of recommendation, proof of current certification in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and First Aid, Acknowledgement of Technical Standards, submission of transcripts and GRE test scores, TOEFL scores (if international student), and ATCAS fee. CPR and First Aid can be completed through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
  • Completed Georgia College MSAT Application: The completed application will include all components of the application, including upload of professional resume, proof of current certification in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and First Aid, submission of transcripts and GRE test scores (see below), TOEFL scores (if international student), and application fee. CPR and First Aid can be completed through the American Red Cross or the American Heart.
  • Submission of Official Transcripts and GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international applicants): These must be sent to Sarah McCook, Administrative Assistant for the School of Health and Human Performance, CBX 112, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (USA) or e-delivered to sarah.mccook@gcsu.edu from their originating institutions. Photocopied, scanned, or faxed transcripts cannot and will not be accepted. The GRE ETS Institutional Code for Georgia College is 5252. 
  • Interview: Applicants are required to complete an interview with the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator. Application to the program does not guarantee an interview. A successful interview does not guarantee admission.
  • Criminal Background Check: Successful applicants will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal background check prior to final acceptance for admission. Instructions for this stage will be provided to the email address given in the applicant’s Georgia College application.
  • Proof of Student Liability Insurance: Successful applicants will be required to submit proof of student liability insurance through HPSO prior to final acceptance for admission. Instructions for this stage will be provided to the email address given in the applicant’s Georgia College application.
  • Georgia College Certification of Immunization: This must be completed and returned to the Georgia College Registrar’s Office. No enrollments are permitted without this form on file in the Registrar’s Office.

 All application materials, with the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, must be submitted electronically. Please print and retain a hard copy of all application materials, in the incident of a transmission error. 

The Georgia College Athletic Training Student Organization (GCATSO) is a student organization committed to advancing athletic training students in the study of the athletic training profession. This includes focusing on the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment, and/or rehabilitation/reconditioning of musculoskeletal and general medical pathologies. GCATSO facilitates and supports the advancement of relationships between students and the Georgia Athletic Trainer's Association (GATA) and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA). GCATSO also provides an avenue for pre-athletic training majors to connect with students who are currently in the athletic training program. The GCATSO holds regular meetings to encourage professional relationships and fundraises throughout the year as an organization to further advance professional development opportunities within the profession.

Mission

The mission of the Professional Athletic Training Program at Georgia College is to cultivate quality athletic training health care professionals who exhibit the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism. With a foundation built on evidence-based, progressive didactic and clinical education, GC athletic training graduates are prepared to become successful contributors to the advancement of the profession through intellectual, professional, and civic skills and dispositions that enable students to thrive in a diverse global society. 

Professional Athletic Training Program Outcomes and Learning Outcomes are as follows:

Goal 1:  Athletic training students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in injury prevention and wellness education.  

Students will be able to:

Create evidence-based designs to mitigate the risk for injury/illness;
Apply evidence-based practices to mitigate the risk for injury/illness.

Goal 2:  Athletic training students will utilize a holistic approach to clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injuries, illnesses, and pathologies.

Students will be able to:

Assess an athletic injury/illness based on relevant pathology;
Recognize appropriate holistic diagnoses of athletic injuries/illnesses;
Refer patients to the appropriate medical professional based on individual need.

Goal 3:  Athletic training students will be skilled in making decisions regarding the management of acute athletic injuries/illnesses.

Students will be able to:

Exhibit appropriate immediate and emergency medical care within the scope of athletic training practice relevant to current standards.

Goal 4:  Athletic training students will create and implement therapeutic/educational interventions for measurable patient outcomes (competence or performance).

Students will be able to:

Utilize evidence-based interventions when administering and implementing therapeutic interventions;
Recognize need for psychosocial intervention.

Goal 5:  Athletic training students will construct and apply professional leadership and organizational paradigms.

Students will be able to: 

Develop policies and procedures in the administration of athletic training and healthcare facilities;
Critique athletic training management models;
Utilize appropriate medical documentation and communication.  

Goal 6: Athletic training students will critically examine athletic training data and apply it to clinical practice.

Students will be able to:

1. Apply evidence-based practice when making clinical decisions.

2. Critique athletic training related literature and disseminate its findings to a variety of audiences including professionals, peers, and patients.

3. Articulate the role of research in clinical practice.

What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.

Is an athletic trainer the same thing as a personal trainer?
Athletic training is often confused with personal training. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer.

An athletic trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. ATs meet qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc., and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board. ATs practice under the direction of a physician and are members of a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association.

A personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual’s specific exercise program in a fitness or sports setting; some personal trainers also make nutrition recommendations. Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies and can work as fitness trainers without formal instruction or certification.

Is the Georgia College Athletic Training program accredited?

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in March 2018. Graduates in Athletic Training are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification exam. The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is fully accredited by the CAATE.

What are the prerequisite courses for the program?

For the BS in Athletic Training (in teach out)

  • BIOL 2160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2170 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • PSYC 2102 The Developing Individual
  • KINS 2323 Nutrition
  • KINS 2331 Medical Terminology
  • KINS 2103 Prevention & Care of Musc. Injuries

For the MS in Athletic Training (beginning Summer 2018)

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Equivalent of GC HSCS 2813 and HSCS 2823 or GC BIOL 2160 and 2170) or 2 semester sequence or separate anatomy and physiology courses each with lab
  • General Biology with lab (Equivalent of GC BIOL 1100, 1120, 1107, 1108 or higher)
  • General Physics with lab (Equivalent of GC PHYS 1111, 2212 or higher)
  • General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent of GC CHEM 1211, 1311, 1151 or higher)
  • Medical Terminology (Equivalent of GC KINS 2331)
  • Nutrition (Equivalent of GC KINS 2323)
  • Structural Kinesiology (Equivalent to KINS 3103)
  • Physiology of Exercise (Equivalent of KINS 3203)
  • General Psychology (Equivalent of GC PSYC 1101, 2103, or higher)

 

Do I have to have all my pre-requisites completed at the time I apply?

All pre-requisites must be completed or in progress and completed prior to the program start date. You must receive a “C” (2.0 on 4.0 scale) or better to be considered as an applicant. International applicants may contact us for equivalencies.

When do you begin accepting applications for the program?

 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from the Fall semester prior to the summer start date. For Summer 2019 start date only, applications are open immediately and will be accepted until February 1, 2019.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

On average, we accept 25 students each year, but that number is flexible depending on the number of applicants.

When does the program start?

A new cohort begins the program each summer semester. The program takes two years to complete.

What additional expenses might I anticipate to incur (not related to class fees or tuition) while in the program?

Students should expect to incur approximately $500/year in additional costs for the program. These costs include: travel to clinical sites (i.e., gas) copying/printing, apparel/personal items, AT supplies, and personal liability insurance.

Once I apply to the program, when will I get an interview?

You are not guaranteed an interview. Once all application requirements are met, and all application materials are reviewed, you may be given an interview.

If I apply this year and don’t get accepted to the program, can I reapply next year?

Yes, but all application materials must be re-submitted.

Are observation hours required to apply?

No. Our program does not require observation hours; however, they are heavily recommended to ensure you wish to commit to the MSAT program.

Who should I ask to complete my three professional recommendations?

Your 3 professional recommendations must be completed using the ATCAS application system. We strongly encourage that at least one of your references be completed by someone with whom you completed observation hours, shadowing, clinical hours, or other clinical education experience.  Your references should be completed by someone who can attest to your character, personality, and your ability to succeed as an athletic training student.

What can I do with an athletic training degree?

Athletic trainers provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services. Athletic trainers treat a breadth of patients, including but not limited to: professional, college, secondary school and youth athletes, dancers, musicians and military personnel. Athletic trainers can work in a variety of locations including schools, physician clinics, hospitals and manufacturing plants.

Who can I contact if I have other questions?

Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Program Director
mandy.jarriel@gcsu.edu
(478) 445-2136
336 Health Sciences Building

Ms. Brittney Hardin, Clinical Education Coordinator
brittney.hardin@gcsu.edu
(478) 445-8626
336 Health Sciences Building

 

Contact Information

Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Program Director
336 Health Sciences Building
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061 
Phone 478-445-2136
Fax 478-445-4074
mandy.jarriel@gcsu.edu

School of Health and Human Performance
336 Health Sciences Building  |  Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4072
Fax: (478) 445-4074