FAQs

+What is athletic training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Learn more at National Athletic Trainers' Association

+Where do athletic trainers work?

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) provide services to secondary schools, colleges/universities, and professional sports. They can also serve sports medicine clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals, physician offices, military, performing arts and a variety of occupational settings. The most recent NATA Salary Survey had ATC respondents who represented 42 different settings.

+How do you become credentialed as an athletic trainer?

To become a BOC-certified athletic trainer (ATC), you must earn a degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).

+What is the difference between a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)? Why do I need both?

Licensure is a state specific credential. In the state of Texas, individuals with a LAT credential can only practice in the state of Texas. However, those with an ATC credential, through the Board of Certification, can apply for licensure in any state that regulates athletic training and practice in that state. They are not limited to practicing athletic training in only one state.

+What is a professional (entry-level) master's program in athletic training?

A professional level master's program in athletic training is a graduate program for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field but wish to pursue BOC credentials as an athletic trainer.

+Is the athletic training program at Texas A&M accredited?

Yes, the MSAT received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in July 2013. This allows our graduating students to sit for the BOC examination.

+What undergraduate degree is required for application to the MSAT program?

No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.

+Where can a prospective student get the required 50 hours of observation under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer?

Observation hours can be acquired at any site or multiple sites that a BOC certified athletic trainer or Texas licensed athletic trainer is employed. If a prospective applicant is a Texas A&M student, they can complete the observational phase of the undergraduate student athletic trainer internship through Aggie Athletics.

+How many students do you admit into the MSAT program each year?

Admission into the the MSAT program is very competitive. We accept 16 students each year.

+Where am I allowed take the prerequisite courses for program application?

The applicant may take the required courses at any university as long as they are equivalent courses to what Texas A&M offers. Students are required to submit course descriptions and syllabi when they apply to the program to ensure that the courses do fulfill the program requirements. However, if unsure of the equivalency, applicants may email the course descriptions and syllabi to the program director in advance.

+What bachelor’s degree is required for application to the MSAT program?

No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required prerequisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.

+How do I know if a class I’ve taken fulfills a prerequisite course requirement?

Equivalent courses will be determined by the program director. Description of prerequisite courses offered at Texas A&M can be found in the Texas A&M undergraduate catalog. Course equivalencies within Texas can be found here. Upon program application, students submit course descriptions to ensure courses fulfill program requirements. Prospective students may email the course descriptions and/or syllabi to the program director in advance of their application to receive a determination.

+Can prerequisite courses be taken at a community college or online?

Yes, community college and online courses from accredited institutions are acceptable. Only courses that do not include a lab component may be taken online.

+Can I submit my application even though I am still completing my prerequisite courses?

You may have prerequisite courses still in progress by the application deadline, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program.

+How old can the prerequisite courses be?

Prerequisite courses must generally be taken within 7 years of application. Although individual cases will be reviewed.

+Will Texas A&M accept courses that I took at another institution?

Students may be allowed to transfer a maximum of 6 hours of graduate coursework. With the exception of statistics and research methods, all other courses in the MSAT program must be taken at Texas A&M.

+How are applicants evaluated for admission into the MSAT program?

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a 4-5 member MSAT admission committee. A weighted rubric design is utilized where each area of the application (prerequisite course grades, GPA, GRE, essays, recommendations, observation hours) is assigned a score and a weight (30%, 25%, 20%, 10%, 10%, 5%). The 16 applicants with the highest point total will be offered placement in the program and those who have met minimum requirements but have not initially been offered placement will be placed on a wait list.

+Is an interview required?

An interview is not required. We encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus to learn more about the program. Please contact the PD to schedule a visit.

+Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score required?

Yes, applicants must submit a GRE score to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 150 verbal, 145 quantitative and 3.5 writing is required (a lower GRE may be considered and weighted according to GPA, grades in major coursework, experience, undergraduate program, etc.).

+Is the TOEFL exam required?

Foreign students whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Refer to International Graduate Admissions for further information regarding requirements.

+When does the program start?

The program begins approximately July 1 or the last Monday of June.

+When do programs take the BOC exam?

Students are eligible to sit for the BOC examination within the last semester prior to graduation. Most students sit for the March/April examination which is offered on the TAMU campus.

+Can I attend the program part-time or via distance education?

No. The program is a full-time residential program with specifically sequenced courses.

+Where are clinical sites located?

The majority of clinical sites are in Bryan/College Station either at Texas A&M University or within 20 miles of campus.

+Do you have any graduate assistant positions or scholarships available to help with program costs?

Because the MSAT program is a full time program with academic and clinical obligations, students are not awarded graduate assistant positions. There are scholarships available through the department, college and professional associations. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the financial aid webpage at https://financialaid.tamu.edu for specifics regarding cost of graduate attendance as well as sources of financial support. Students can view more specific program expense information at http://hlknweb.tamu.edu/sites/hlknweb.tamu.edu/files/MSAT%20Program%20Ex....

+Where do students live?

Although TAMU does have graduate student housing, the majority of MSAT students live off campus on a Aggie Spirit bus route. There are a variety of ways to search for student housing in Bryan/College Station. AggieSearch (https://aggiesearch.tamu.edu/) is an online resource for students searching for housing and/or roommates in the community. Once accepted into the program, students will be provided contact information for other incoming students in order to pursue shared housing. The program will send out a housing recommendation list compiled by current and former students.

+Will I need a car?

Although the Aggie Spirit Line is very convenient for students seeking transportation from their apartments to campus, a car is recommended to travel to off campus clinical sites.