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 including a full semester clinical immersion, prepare them to enter a wide range of professional athletic training settings. Graduates of our program are able to pursue their ambitions as a healthcare professional by choosing the specific athletic training practice setting that meets their career goals.
The professional athletic training program (MSAT) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
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’ professional 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:
- National Athletic Trainers Association
- Board of Certification, Inc.
- NATA Executive Committee for Education
- National Athletic Trainers Research and Education Foundation
- National Strength & Conditioning Association
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Southeast Athletic Trainers Association
- Georgia Athletic Trainers Association
- Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers
- Journal of Athletic Training
- Athletic Training Education Journal
Student BOC Pass Rate
Programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam.
|Number of students graduating from program||21||19||15||18||52|
|Number of students graduating from program who took examination||21||18||15||18||51|
|Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt||19||16||13||17||46|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt||90||89||87||94||90|
|Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts||21||18||14||17||49|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts||100||100||93||94||96|
Student Graduation Rate
|2015-2016||2016-2017||2017-2018||2018-2019||3 YR Aggregate|
|Number of students graduating from program.||21||19||15||18||52|
|Student Graduation Rate (%)||100||100||100||86||95|
Student Employment/Placement 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).
|Number of students Employed as AT||16||14||10||16||40|
|Student Employment Rate as AT (%)||76||74||67||89||77|
|Number of students employed as other||2||2||4||0||6|
|Student Employment Rate as other (%)||10||11||27||0||12|
|Number of students not employed||3||3||1||0||4|
|Student Not Employed rate (%)||14||16||7||0||8|
Progression within Athletic Training by Student Level Cohort (First Year to Second Year)*
* Due to the approved and accredited degree change to the Master of Science in Athletic Training, as of March 2018, Georgia College did not accept applications to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training for Fall 2018. Fall 2019 data will be added after year one of the MSAT.
|Fall 2015||Fall 2016||Fall 2017||3 Year
|Cohort Entrance Number||19||15||21||55|
|First Year to Second Year Retention Number within AT||19||15||19||53|
|First Year to Second Year Rate Percentage||100%||100%||90.47%||96.3%|
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!
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 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.
ATrack Student Subscription
All AT Students will be required to obtain a subscription to ATrack. ATrack is a cloud-based, management tool. With ATrack, students have easy access to their clinical competency scores and notes on their performance so they can chart their progress through their program. Students can also record their clinical experience hours and patient contacts, helping preceptors and faculty to keep track of all aspects of their students' athletic training experience. Students access ATrack with either an annual subscription of $45 or a lifetime subscription of $80!
PreCheck Background Investigation
All AT students are required to complete a background check prior to the first day of classes and renew the background investigation for Year II. The School of Health and Human Performance currently uses PreCheck for this at a price of $49.50 as of June 2019. Please note that clinical sites may require additional background and/or drug screenings that students will be required to pay. The cost for these can vary, but students should plan accordingly.
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.
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)
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
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.
As of January 2020, Georgia College has discontinued the use of the ATCAS system. Please see below for updated admissions processes and email Sarah McCook if you have any questions.
- Completion of a 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.
Georgia College Application Process
A. Georgia College MSAT Application and attach the following in either Word or PDF format:
- Cover Letter indicating your interest in Georgia College and why you would be an asset to our study body.
- Personal Statement indicating your interest in Athletic Training, as well as your career goals and why you would be an asset to the discipline.
- Professional Resume including education; honors, achievements, and awards; observation and/or internship experiences; volunteer experience; professional memberships; certifications; and work history
- References: Provide the names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, one of whom must be academic (either faculty or advisor).
- Transcripts: Official transcripts for each institution ever attended for credit (including, but not limited to, traditional enrollment, dual enrollment, transient, transfer, vocational, graduate studies, and post-baccalaureate credit)
- E-transcripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hard copies of transcripts should be sent to
Graduate Admissions Office
Milledgeville, GA 31061
- Legal Presence Verification: Submission of the legal presence verification
- Application Fee: Georgia College’ s application fee is $35 and payable at time of application submission through the online portal.
- International Applicants: Please see the International Education Center at Georgia College for information and additional requirements. If you have any questions concerning applying to Georgia College as an international student, please email International Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.
B. Interview Stage
Once all application requirements are met, and all application materials are reviewed, applicants may be invited to interview.
- Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
- Being invited for an interview does not guarantee admission to the program.
- Interviews will be held either in person or via WebEx (online).
C. Program Admission
Once an offer of admission is made, applicants will be responsible for the following, information for which will be provided. All must be maintained for the duration of the program:
- Satisfactorily complete a Criminal Background Check
- Possess Student Liability Insurance
- CPR certification (completed as part of coursework)
- ATrack Membership
- Additional professional course costs
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.
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 Student 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 measureable 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:
- Apply evidence-based practice when making clinical decisions.
- Critique athletic training related literature and disseminate its findings to a variety of audiences including professionals, peers, and patients.
- 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 Master of Science in Athletic Training program was fully accredited by the CAATE in 2018, with 10 years of Continuing Education. Graduates in Athletic Training are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification exam.
What are the prerequisite courses for the program?
For the MS in Athletic Training (beginning Summer 2018)
- Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab): Equivalent of HSCS 2813 or BIOL 2160
- Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab): Equivalent of HSCS 2823 or BIOL 2170
- Nutrition: Equivalent of KINS 2323
- Physiology of Exercise: Equivalent of KINS 3203
- General Biology (with lab): Equivalent of BIOL 1100 or higher
- General Chemistry (with lab): Equivalent of CHEM 1211 or higher
- General Physics (with lab): Equivalent of PHYS 1111 or higher
- Psychology: Equivalent of PSYC 1101 or higher
- Statistics: Equivalent of MATH 2600 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. Additionally, the overall prerequisite GPA must be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. International applicants may contact us for equivalencies.
When do you begin accepting applications for the program?
The deadline for completed applications (all documents received) is February 1. Depending on the number of applications, an early admissions process may be utilized to consider applications submitted prior to December 1.
When will I find out if I’ve been invited to interview or accepted to the program?
Interviews will be held from the end of February to the middle of March with decisions made by the end of March.
Do you require observation hours?
No, the Georgia College MSAT program does not require observation hours. However, they are recommended to give applicants exposure and experience in Athletic Training and an understanding on the role of ATs.
Does the Georgia College MSAT require the GRE?
No. GRE scores may be sent, but they are not part of the admissions process. No advantage is given to students reporting scores.
What is the difference between the ATCAS and Georgia College applications?
The ATCAS application transmits applicants’ personal statements, references, technical standard agreement, and provides the opportunity to apply to multiple programs; however, the Georgia College application is the formal application to our institution. No applicant can be considered for graduate studies at Georgia College & State University until the Georgia College application is received in full.
Do I really have to do both applications?
Yes. They are both required, and applicants cannot be considered until both have been received.
What if there is a financial barrier to application through both ATCAS and Georgia College?
Georgia College School of Health & Human Performance is committed to diversity and accessibility of higher education. Applicants with true financial hardship or barriers to applying through both systems should contact the Program Director, Dr. Mandy Jarriel, immediately to discuss options. Please note the application fee to Georgia College is non-negotiable, but the fee is waived for anyone who has applied to, or enrolled in, Georgia College within the past six years. This includes if you have applied for admission to previous cohorts within six years.
I am from a minority group or first generation college student background. Is this program for me? What resources does Georgia College provide students like me?
Georgia College School of Health & Human Performance is committed to diversity and accessibility of higher education. We believe all students deserve respect and assistance in finding resources available to them. The Georgia College Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the HUB work hard to make Georgia College an inviting place for students of all backgrounds. Once on campus, students have access to student groups that include Pride Alliance, Black Student Alliance, Latino Student Association, Veterans Support Groups, Diversity Peer Educators, International Club, and many more.
Are Graduate Assistantships available for MSAT students?
While Georgia College has many graduate assistantships available, students in the MSAT program have significant clinical commitments and responsibilities. Any graduate assistantship must be flexible enough to allow students to attend their clinical sites and classes. As most graduate assistantships require twenty hours of work per week, there are very few that allow MSAT students. Graduate Assistantships also do not cover summer semesters, which are required for the MSAT program. If you have a financial situation that requires a graduate assistantship, please discuss this with Dr. Jarriel so that you can be advised individually. Graduate Assistantships are listed via the Georgia College Jobsite.
Can I transfer credit into the MSAT?
Only coursework that is not clinical-based or Athletic Training specific can be transferred. Georgia College allows a maximum of nine hours transfer credit, which is entirely at the discretion of the Program Director and Graduate Coordinator. The only coursework considered for transfer credit is Research Methods in Kinesiology I and II, Sports Nutrition, and Administration of Health & Human Services. Any course requests for transfer credit must show graduate level and equivalent coursework with a grade of “B” or higher (3.0 on 4.0 scale) from a regionally-accredited university. No transfer credit will be accepted if a student is not in good academic standing.
I was dismissed from a graduate program on academic grounds. Can I apply to your program?
Cases of academic dismissal from a graduate program are normally non-admissible to Georgia College; however, if you are serious about a career in Athletic Training, you may contact Dr. Jarriel for the steps to petition for consideration. Please note that the Graduate Coordinator’s and Program Director’s decisions are final.
I am active duty military or in the Reserve or National Guard. Will this program be suitable for me?
Our MSAT has substantial class and clinical commitments. Courses are several hours long and in the mornings, and clinical immersion is in the afternoon and may not be local. It is not recommended for active duty military, but Reserves or National Guard students should be able to complete the program with appropriate work-life balance. Please contact Dr. Mandy Jarriel to discuss any situation concerning military service during the MSAT. We are supportive of veterans joining the MSAT program.
I am an international student, can I apply to the MSAT program?
Yes, and we welcome international applicants. All international applicants must work with the Georgia College International Education Center to determine eligibility. Please contact the Center as soon as you establish interest in our program, as the international admissions process is substantially longer and requires several additional documents than the domestic graduate admissions process. Please note that the MSAT program is a 60 credit hour, 6 semester (two full year, June Year I – August Year II) program.
Who can I contact if I have other questions?
Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Program Director
336 Health Sciences Building
Ms. Brittney Hardin, Clinical Education Coordinator
336 Health Sciences Building
Dr. Mandy Jarriel, Program Director
336 Health Sciences Building
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
School of Health and Human Performance
336 Health Sciences Building | Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4072
Fax: (478) 445-4074