During the spring of 2019, the AT program submitted to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) a substantive change to move the accreditation status from the undergraduate program to the graduate program. After submitting a "mini self-study" outlining how the graduate AT program meets national standards for accredited programs, the CAATE found "no weaknesses" in the graduate AT program. On July 10th, the AT program was notified that the substantive change was approved by the CAATE. This allows any incoming graduate student to have 100% confidence that they will be eligible to attempt the BOC certification examination upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Athletic Training. The next review of the program's accreditation will occur during the 2026-27 academic year.
California State University, Fullerton is the first Cal State school to offer a professional graduate degree in Athletic Training for those seeking to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
Our first cohort of graduate students began July 1, 2019 in the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree. After 5 intensive weeks of courses, they will begin their first clinical rotation working with preceptors in early August, 2019 by delivering quality health care services to the patients of Orange County.