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 courses are included in the MSAT program?
This 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. 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 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.
What are the costs of the program?
Please see our webpage on MSAT Costs & Scholarships. Graduate tuition can be viewed on the catalog website at https://catalog.fullerton.edu/
When comparing CSUF’s MSAT program to other programs in California, our program demonstrates a great value for the price as total tuition is significantly reduced for CA residents. Even for out-of-state residents, our tuition is comparable to other high-quality accredited athletic training programs. As part of the program, students will be expected to become and maintain NATA membership ($105/year) and may incur costs related to background checks required by various clinical sites. These are professional expectations of every student and these costs are the responsibility of the student.
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?
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 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.