Questions about the Program
What is CSUF’s accreditation status?
Currently, we are in the 3rd year of a 10-year accreditation cycle from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) as a graduate professional program. 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.
What are your outcomes on the BOC certification examination?
Over the past 5 years, 100% of our graduates have passed the BOC certification exam on their first attempt.
What courses are included in the MSAT program?
This program requires 57 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. Please see the MSAT Curriculum page on our website for specific course sequencing.
Where are your clinical sites?
Currently, we utilize a variety of clinical sites including: university (NCAA Division I & III), community college, high school, professional sports (Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL) and physician settings. We are always 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.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS
What is the application deadline?
Please see our web page MSAT Application Procedures for information about deadlines.
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. However, no specific major is required as long as all prerequisite coursework will be completed prior to starting the MSAT program. The most common undergraduate degree for prospective students is Kinesiology or Exercise Science.
What are the prerequisite courses to apply to the MSAT program?
Please see the MSAT Prerequisites page on our website.
How do I know if the course I took will satisfy a prerequisite?
Please email Program Director, Dr. Jason Bennett (email@example.com), and provide a course description and/or course syllabus for each course in question. Dr. Bennett will provide you feedback and help answer all your questions.
Can prerequisite courses be “in progress” at time of application?
Yes, but all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the MSAT program.
Can I take prerequisites at a community college?
Yes. Many lower-division courses are offered at the community-college level. Some of the upper-division prerequisite courses (e.g., exercise physiology) may only be offered at a 4-year undergraduate institution.
Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required?
Yes, the GRE is required. While we prefer applicants to score at least a 150 on both the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE, we do not require a minimum score. Our ATCAS GRE Code for Cal State Fullerton is: 4588
Do I need to have CPR/AED Certification prior to applying?
Yes, we require CPR/AED Certification for the Professional Rescuer as part of the application process. We recommend earning this certification either through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
How many observation hours must I earn to be eligible for this program? Do these hours need to be in multiple settings (e.g., college and high school, etc.)?
We require applicants to have completed 120 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. While it is recommended to gain hours in different employment settings of athletic trainers, this may not be feasible for all prospective applicants, so it is NOT required to earn hours in multiple athletic training employment settings.
What if I have "most" of my hours done by application, can I finish the remaining hours during the spring semester prior to the start of the program?
No, students must have completed all 120 hours by the time of application. The purpose of these hours is to ensure that students understand the profession of athletic training and are certain that a career in athletic training is the right fit for them.
If I accrue significantly higher number of clinical hours than 120, am I considered a stronger applicant?
Not necessarily. While clinical hours can be an exciting component of a prospective applicants experience, it is critical for prospective students to have a balance of clinical hours and excellent grades. We do not utilize a rubric where an applicant is considered a stronger applicant based on the number of observation hours they have completed.
What are you looking for in your evaluation of applicants?
A PDF of our evaluation rubric is available online. We value a holistic review of each applicant and utilize an applicant's academic record (50%), interview (25%), quality of ATCAS application (15%), and letters of recommendation (10%) as the basis of our decision-making process. All candidates are evaluated by the MSAT Admission Committee which include core faculty, and may include preceptors and/or current MSAT students.
When does the program begin each year?
The program begins in the last week of June each year. Dates are announced once the university determines the specific summer schedule. The first summer semester is an intensive 6-week long time while students are enrolled in 4 classes.
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 students dedicate themselves 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 must ensure that students are meeting accreditation requirements for required clinical experiences. We also 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 the student as far as clinical site, preceptor, patient care opportunities, and the student’s individual needs.