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 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.

Accreditation

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:

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.

  2015-
2016
2016-
2017
2017-
2018
  2018-
  2019 
 

 
3 Year
Aggregate
             
Number of students graduating from program 21 19 15 18   52
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 21 18 15 15   48
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 19 16 13 15   44
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 90 89 87 100   92
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 21 18 14 15   47
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 100 100 93 100   98

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).

    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).

  2015-
2016
2016-
2017
2017-
2018
2018-2019 3 YR
Aggregate
 
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
Aggregate
           
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!

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

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.

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 completed application must include:

  • Completed ATCAS Application (please see application process below): 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, 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 (please see application process below)The completed application will include the application form, submission of transcripts (see below), submission of Legal Presence Verification, international student requirements (if applicable), and application fee. 
  • Submission of Official Transcripts (and TOEFL scores for international applicants): These must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, CBX 107, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (USA) or e-delivered to grad-admit@gcsu.edu from their originating institutions. Photocopied, scanned, or faxed transcripts cannot and will not be accepted. Please contact the International Education Center for information concerning requirements for international applicants. 
  • 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. 

Application Process


ATCAS Application

  1. Personal Statement indicating your interest in Athletic Training, as well as your career goals and why you would be an asset to the discipline.
  2. Cover Letter indicating your interest in Georgia College and how you would be an asset to both our student body and our program. Include why you have chosen to apply to our program specifically and how your background and experiences have prepared you for our liberal arts education. This should be a formal letter addressed to the Program Director and should be no more than a page in length.
  3. Professional Resume: including education; honors, achievements, and awards; observation and/or internship experiences; volunteer experience; professional memberships; certifications; and work history.
  4. References: Provide the names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, one of whom must be an academic reference. Referees will receive an email to upload an evaluation and reference letter, so applicants should notify references of the requirement and the timeline immediately. 
  5. Transcripts: Applicants are required to provide full, official academic transcripts to ATCAS. Official transcripts from each institution ever attended for credit (including, but not limited to, traditional enrollment, dual enrollment, transient, transfer, vocational, graduate studies, and post-baccalaureate credit) must be provided. The ATCAS application contains the instructions for this process, including the cover sheet that institutions must send with them. Please note that applicants must also enter transcript information into the application either manually through the self-entry option or through ATCAS's paid service. The prerequisite screen will give you the opportunity to indicate which courses you intend to count for which prerequisite requirements.
  6. Application Fee: ATCAS charges an application fee in addition to any optional services an applicant may request.


Georgia College Application 

A completed Georgia College MSAT application (select College of Health Sciences) for Summer 2020 must include: 

  1. Transcripts: Applicants are required to provide full, official academic transcripts to Georgia College & State University. Official transcripts from each institution ever attended for credit (including, but not limited to, traditional enrollment, dual enrollment, transient, transfer, vocational, graduate studies, and post-baccalaureate credit) must be provided through one of the following methods:
    • Electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) should be sent to grad-admit@gcsu.edu.
    • Hard copies of transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions Office, CBX 107, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061 
  2. Legal Presence Verification form.
  3. Application fee: Georgia College's application fee is currently $35 payable through the online application portal.

International Applicants

International Applicants must apply through ATCAS along with domestic applicants. For the Georgia College application, 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 the International Admissions Counselor, susie.ramage@gcsu.edu, as soon as possible.

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 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
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