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MSAT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROGRAM

When will the MSAT be offered at CSUF?

Our proposal is currently under review at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. We are anticipating our first MSAT cohort to start in Summer 2019; however, enrollment in the MSAT and the anticipated start date is contingent upon final approval by the CSU Chancellor. We have not been assured of an anticipated approval date.

What is the Mission of the AT Program (ATP) at Cal State Fullerton?

The California State University, Fullerton Athletic Training Program mentors students to become exceptional evidence-based healthcare professionals and distinguished athletic trainers.

What are the Goals and Objectives of the AT Program?

Goal 1- Instructional Quality: Recruit, enlist, and support diverse faculty and preceptors who, through their clinical experiences and educational training, provide quality instruction and mentorship.

Objectives:

  • Integrate current evidence and high-impact practices into the ATP instruction.
  • Incorporate assorted instructional methods across the ATP curriculum.
  • Promote ATP instruction within faculty specialty or interest areas.

Goal 2 – Student Learning: Demonstrate AT student proficiency by emphasizing the use of problem-solving skills necessary to translate didactic knowledge to contemporary patient-centered clinical practice.

Objective: Demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and temperament for success as autonomous athletic trainers.

Goal 3 – Program Effectiveness: Produce athletic trainers for healthcare careers, who make valuable professional and/or community contributions.

Objective: Recruit, educate, mentor, and graduate individuals prepared for careers as healthcare professionals and exceptional athletic trainers.

What is CSUF’s accreditation status?

Currently, we are in the 2nd year of the 10-year accreditation that we received for our undergraduate BSAT program. Once the MSAT degree is officially approved by the CSU Chancellor’s office, we will begin CAATE substantive change process. Once approved, our existing accreditation will “transfer” to our MSAT program.

How long is the program?

In order to maximize time for clinical education experiences, students will be enrolled in courses for 2 full years (Year 1: Summer, Fall, Spring; Year 2: Summer, Fall, Spring).

What courses are included in the MSAT program?

This full-time program requires 58 units, taken over 2 full academic years (Summer, Fall, Spring) and includes a clinical rotation during each semester and summer. Courses are only offered once per year, in a pre-determined schedule.

MSAT Curriculum

Where are your clinical sites?

Currently, we utilize a variety of clinical sites including: university (Division I), community college, high school, and physician settings. We are constantly interested in adding high quality clinical sites and preceptors in a variety of settings who consistently provide current and high-quality athletic training care to patient populations.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Do I have to have a specific undergraduate major to apply to the MSAT?

Students must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university prior to beginning the MSAT program. However, no specific major is required as long as all pre-requisite coursework has been completed.

I am a Cal State Fullerton Kinesiology student. Which concentration would best prepare me for the MSAT?

While you don’t have to formally declare any particular concentration, Clinical Movement Science would be the most advantageous since many of the MSAT pre-requisite courses would count towards the Clinical Movement Science concentration requirements. Get in touch with the KNES Academic Advising office for more specific information. 

What are the pre-requisite courses to apply to the MSAT program?

Students must complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. For reference, we have included the exemplar course at CSUF (see University Catalog for course descriptions). The courses at your institution may have different titles but should have similar content.

MSAT pre-requisite courses

How do I know if the course I took will satisfy a pre-requisite?

Read the course description for the CSUF equivalent courses in the University Catalog. Type the department prefix (e.g. “KNES”) in the search bar and scroll down to the particular course to read its description.  

What if I’m still not sure if the course at my school is similar enough to the CSUF equivalent?

Please email Program Director, Dr. Jason Bennett (jabennett@fullerton.edu) and provide a course description and/or course syllabus for each course in question.

Is there a time limit for accepting a pre-requisite course?

Yes, we will accept pre-requisites taken within the past 7 years. If it has been more than 7 years since you took a course, you will need to retake it.

 

Can pre-requisite courses be “in progress” at time of application?

Yes, but all pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the MSAT program.

Can I take pre-requisites at a community college?

Yes. Many lower-division courses are offered at the community-college level.  Some of the upper-division pre-requisite courses (e.g. Exercise Physiology) may only be offered at a 4-year undergraduate institution.

Do I need to complete clinical observation hours prior to applying?

Yes, students must have 150 hours of observation under the supervision of a certified AT. You should contact athletic trainers in your geographic region to complete these hours. We encourage all prospective students to seek out a variety of experiences (e.g., high school, community college, university). Only those hours that are directly supervised by a certified athletic trainer will count. Hours completed should be signed by the supervising AT. You should make sure that the individual that you wish to shadow is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc. Check the Board of Certification, Inc. status.

What should I be doing during my observation experiences?

The goal of the observation experiences is to gain an understanding of what an AT “does”. We encourage you to observe and ask the athletic trainer questions to learn about the care that they provide, how they make decisions, and to understand various employment opportunities within Athletic Training. We want you to do enough observation that you understand the profession and are committed to it.

Do you help coordinate observation hours for prospective students?

No, it is your responsibility to contact and obtain the necessary clearance to complete clinical observation hours. Keep in mind that different sites have different requirements (e.g. paperwork or training) that must be completed prior to starting, so we encourage all prospective students to plan ahead and communicate with the athletic trainer regarding these requirements. Any fees (e.g. fingerprints, background checks, parking passes, etc.) related to this experience is also the responsibility of the student and will not be reimbursed by CSUF.

What is the deadline for submitting my graduate AT application? Is there an interview?

We will have a rolling deadline for our inaugural 2019 cohort since we received CSU Chancellor’s Office approval in October. For this year, we will have two deadlines:

1. Priority Review deadline: November 21, 2018 (with interviews of top applicants in early December)

2. Regular admission deadline: January 15, 2019 (with interviews of top applicants in in late January)

 

PROGRAM FEES AND FINANCIAL AID

How much does the program cost?

CSU Fullerton is listed by Forbes magazine as one of the “Best Value Colleges” in the country. We are committed to this value model by providing high quality athletic training education at a financially-accessible price. As such, the cost of the program is in alignment with CSUF’s tuition and fees for all graduate students.* We do assess a $100 program fee per semester in order to cover lab supplies and other miscellaneous program-related costs.

Tuition and Fees

Non-resident tuition

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website for current information about eligibility and applying. It is important to note that the financial aid “year” starts at the beginning of the Fall semester and ends with the conclusion of Summer sessions. Therefore, if you would like to be considered for financial aid for the first summer of the MSAT program, you would need to apply for Financial Aid during the academic year BEFORE you apply.

For example: if you were to start the MSAT program in Summer of 2019, you would have to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year, which is due in February of 2017.

Are there any other costs?

In addition to other typical costs of being in school (e.g. books, school supplies, etc.), students will have additional costs:

  • NATA student membership (~$100 annually)
  • Transportation:  Students must provide their own reliable transportation in order to travel to their off-campus clinical sites.
  • Clothing: While many of our clinical sites provide a uniform (e.g. a shirt with a school logo), students are responsible for furnishing their own professional wardrobe that is appropriate for a clinic setting. This generally includes long pants, close-toed shoes, and a collared shirt.
  • Background checks: Some clinical sites may require background checks (e.g. fingerprints, LiveScan, etc.). The student is responsible for any potential cost.
  • TB tests: Students must complete a TB test each year. Students may have the test done at the Student Health Center for a nominal fee (~$20) or by their own medical provider.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we have various scholarships and awards for ATP students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of academics, clinical skill, leadership, service, and scholarly activities during their first year in the MSAT program. Information about each funding opportunity is distributed to students once enrolled in the program.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS

Can I work while enrolled in the MSAT program?

While we do not prohibit students from working while in the program, we highly advise that you place yourself in a position to dedicate yourself to the program. We have designed the program to include a rigorous curriculum with ample opportunities for clinical experiences. Other responsibilities will likely diminish the valuable experiences available to students who have more flexibility and availability.

Do students get to choose their clinical sites or preceptors?

Student input is highly valued in our program. However, we believe it is important that students gain experience in a variety of settings to better prepare them for clinical practice. The AT faculty determines clinical placements that we feel will provide the most personalized fit for you as far as clinical site, preceptor, patient care opportunities, and your individual needs.

Do I need to pass a background check in order to enroll in the MSAT?

No, the program does not require a background check. However, our clinical sites have individual requirements for background checks. If a student cannot obtain authorization to be at their assigned clinical site, it may interfere with their ability to meet rotation and program objectives.

Who do I contact if I have further questions about the MSAT program?

Please email the Program Director, Dr. Jason Bennett (jabennett@fullerton.edu), and he will be glad to assist you with your questions.

 

Athletic Training Program

800 N. State College Blvd, KHS-121,
Fullerton, California 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3430
Fax: (657) 278-5317
Email: ATProgram@fullerton.edu

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