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Master of Science in Athletic Training

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The MSAT program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in health and physical education or a related field. Students will be introduced to not only foundational knowledge in athletic training related material, but also advanced knowledge in the areas of evaluation, rehabilitation, acute care, and other related material. Students will have an opportunity to be exposed to clinical experiences at various locations, including colleges/universities, high schools. rehabilitation clinics, orthopedic clinics, general medical clinics, and other various healthcare settings.

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Overview

Upon decision by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance for all Athletic Training Programs to transition to the Master’s level, the University of North Georgia has subsequently decided to transition our Athletic Training Program to the graduate level. Both University and Board of Regents (BOR) approvals have been acquired, acknowledgement of degree level change by the Southern Accreditation for Colleges and Schools has been granted, and the program is currently undergoing its substantive change process from the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Athletic Training Program at UNG has a long-standing history of success as an undergraduate program (initial accreditation in 2002) and is excited to embark on a new journey as a graduate level program. The Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) at UNG is designed as a traditional graduate program, where students will acquire an undergraduate degree from an accredited Institution and, upon completion of all pre-requisite coursework, apply to the program as a traditional graduate student. The MSAT program is a cohorted program consisting of six semesters of coursework and 60 credit hours of courses.

The program will begin in the summer with foundational coursework that will prepare students to take part in their initial clinical rotation in the fall. Students will take part in five semesters of clinical rotations, culminating in a semester-long immersive clinical rotation. More information regarding clinical rotations can be found under the clinical rotations tab above.

The mission of the Athletic Training program at UNG is to provide quality academic and clinical preparation for individuals pursuing any career in the field of athletic training. Through a program that reflects intellectual engagement, advocacy and service, and evidence based practice, students will become well rounded allied healthcare professionals. The program strives to develop an atmosphere conducive to learning where students are able to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Please take a look at our program and feel free to reach out to any of the faculty should you have any questions.

Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training program at UNG is to provide quality academic and clinical preparation for individuals pursuing any career in the field of athletic training. Through a program that reflects intellectual engagement, advocacy and service, and evidence based practice, students will become well rounded allied healthcare professionals. The program strives to develop an atmosphere conducive to learning where students are able to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Please take a look at our program and feel free to reach out to any of the faculty should you have any questions.

Goals

  1. Students will understand, demonstrate, and access skills and techniques to prevent injury and illness and promote wellness.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to examine, assess, and diagnose orthopedic and general medical conditions.
  3. Students will be able to implement immediate and emergency care for optimal outcomes.
  4. Students will be able to assess and implement appropriate therapeutic interventions for a variety of different pathological conditions.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding and apply the knowledge to healthcare administration and professional responsibility.
  6. Students will participate in a broad array of high-quality clinical experiences with skilled preceptors.

 

Complete list of goals and objectives 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the program can be found on the Graduate Admissions page. The following are requirements for admission:

  • Pre-Requisite Courses – You must make a “C” or better in the following courses
    • Required 
      • General Biology Equivalent
      • General Chemistry Equivalent
      • General Physics Equivalent
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
      • General Psychology + 1 Additional Psychology course (Growth & Development and/or Abnormal Psychology preferred)
      • Nutrition
      • Medical Terminology
      • Structural Kinesiology
      • Statistics
      • Research Course
    • Recommended
      • Epidemiology
      • Biomechanics
      • Public Health
      • Exercise Physiology
    • Regardless of early, regular, or provisional admission, ALL students must submit the following application materials:
      • Letter of intent detailing why you wish to gain admission to the MSAT program at UNG
      • Current Resume
      • 2 letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer
      • Proof of 50 (minimum) observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
      • If accepted, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial semester. Students who have not submitted all of the following prior to the first day of the semester will not be allowed to attend.
      • Proof of CPR
      • Background check through castlebranch.com
      • UNG physical form filled out by a physician
      • UNG and AT immunization forms
      • Technical Standards form signed by a physician
      • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C.
    • Students may apply to the program as “early decision” or regular admission as follows:
        • Early Admission Requirements
          • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
          • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)score as follows:
            • Earn a combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) taken on or after August 1, 2011, with a minimum score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.
        • Regular Admission Requirements
          • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.

      • Provisional Admission Requirements
        • If not all spots have been filled for the cohort of the coming year, students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.8 or above, as long as he or she maintains a GPA of 3.0 or above in his or her first 3 semesters of the MSAT program.
        • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
        • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)score as follows:
          • Earn a combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) taken on or after August 1, 2011, with a minimum score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing section. Only those scores less than six years old will be considered.

Curriculum & Course Sequencing

The MSAT program at University of North Georgia is considered a traditional master’s program, in that anyone who has an undergraduate degree and meets the admission requirements, may apply to the program. Our program is a cohorted program, meaning that students are admitted once a year and move through the program as a unit.

Students will progress in a sequential and progressively rigorous program, culminating in an immersive clinical experience during the student's final semester in the program. The course planning guide and plan of study can be found at the above links.

Clinical Experiences

UNG’s athletic training program is pleased to offer students a wide variety of clinical experience throughout their time in the program. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in clinical experiences in the following settings:

  • College/University Setting (UNG and Young Harris College)
  • High School (various locations)
  • Semi-professional Athletics (Atlanta Gladiators Hockey)
  • Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Orthopedic Clinic
  • Various Interprofessional Education Experiences

The program constantly strives to add new, exciting, and clinically challenging experiences. Students’ clinical experience will culminate in a fully-immersive clinical rotation that may take place off campus at locations all over the United States.

Retention & Degree Requirements

Upon admission to the MSAT program, students must maintain the following retention criteria:

  • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or greater to remain in the program
    • Student who fall below a GPA of 2.75 while in the program will be put on probation the following semester. If the student has above a 2.75 at the end of the semester he/she may be removed from probation. If the student’s GPA remains below a 2.75, he/she will be removed from the program.
  • Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses of the MSAT program
    • Failure to do so will result in removal from the program. A student may reapply in the next application cycle and enter the pool for that application period

In order for a student to graduate from the MSAT program, he/she must maintain the above retention standards and complete all coursework within the Fall 2018-Summer 2019 Course Catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Due to its unique clinical experiences and program of study, students will accrue the following fees throughout their time in the Athletic Training Program:

  • Uniform & Associated Fees 
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association membership dues (optional)
  • Travel Expenses – Will vary by clinical rotation

ATP Statistics and Accreditation

Bachelors Student BOC Pass Rate

Number of students graduating from program
Fields 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 3 Yr AGGREGATE
Number of students graduating from program. 7 8 8 16 24 19 62
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 8 8 16 23 17 57
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 7 7 8 11 18 14 44
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 88 100 69 78 82 77
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 8 8 16 21 15 52
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100 100 91 88 91

Student Graduation Rate

Fields 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 Yr AGGREGATE
Number of students graduating from program. 7 8 8 16 24 19 62
Student Graduation Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100 95 95 97

Student Employee Rate

Fields 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 Yr AGGREGATE
Number of students employed as AT 1 2 4 13 12 11 10 33
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 100 100 100 87 50 58 53 53
Number of students employed as other 0 0 0 1 3 2 7 12
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 0 0 0 7 12 11 37 19
Number of students not employed 0 0 0 0 5 5 2 12
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 0 0 0 0 21 26 11 19

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