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Athletic Training

Master of Science –Credits: 34-35 (program code: 0330)

Program Description

The post-professional graduate athletic training education program has been preparing students for careers in athletic training for more than 20 years and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) as an advanced degree (post-certification) program. Students entering this program will be pursuing a Master of Science in Athletic Training and can expect to complete the requirements in one calendar year starting in June. Graduates from the program will be eligible to receive national certification as Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Students will learn how to use the same Optimum Performance Training model used by the NASM for training Olympic and professional athletes.

Graduate students have an opportunity to apply for a graduate assistantship, which will defray the cost of tuition and provide a stipend. This clinical experience is not required to enroll in the program. Graduate assistantships occur from mid-August to approximately the end of May the following year. Clinical experiences take place at area high schools, local colleges and California University of Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery, with some online/distance elements)

Accreditation

The athletic training  program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) as an advanced degree (post-certification) in athletic training.

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Must have passed the Board of Certification (BOC) examination or have completed the requirements to take the certification examination.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below a 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under a 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Applicants who are currently BOC certified athletic trainers with a 2.50 GPA or higher will be given strong consideration
  • Unofficial transcripts

Program Requirements

  • Reliable transportation for travel to affiliated clinical sites as needed
  • Submit the Graduate Athletic Training Program (GATP) Application Form:
         o   Must be BOC certified or have completed exam requirements
         o   Must be Eligible for Athletic Training licensure from PA State Board of Medicine
         o   Must have current emergency cardiac care certification before starting an assistantship
         o   Must have liability insurance before starting an assistantship
         o   Must have appropriate clearances before starting an assistantship
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Cover letter and Resume
  • Submit ALL Program Requirements to:

                  Shelly Fetchen DiCesaro, PhD, LAT, ATC
                  Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program
                  dicesaro@calu.edu

Curriculum

Course
Credits
ATE 700  Gross Anatomy of the Extremities w/Lab
    4
ATE 701 Technology in Athletic Training
    3
ATE 745 Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
    3
ATE 770 Athletic Training Practicum
    3
ATE 775 Athletic Healthcare for Special Populations
    3
ATE 800 Methods of Research in the Allied Health Professions
    3
EDP 600 Statistical Methods
    3
PRF 710 Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity
    3
PRF 750 Performance Enhancement in Program Design
    3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development
    3
ATE 820 Athletic Training Research Project OR
RES 849 Master's Thesis
 3 or 4

Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available and will be assigned based on qualifications and experience.

Advisement

Students in the athletic training  program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application Deadline – January 31
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712) 

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187
Email: gradschool@calu.edu

For Additional Information

Email: gradschool@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4187

Program Coordinator

Shelly Fetchen DiCesaro, Ph.D., LAT, ATC (University of Pittsburgh), Health and Physical Activity-Exercise Physiology; M.S. (The George Washington University), Clinical Exercise Physiology; B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Athletic Training Education
Web Page: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Shelly-DiCesaro.aspx
E-mail: dicesaro@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5831

Program Faculty

Bruce D. Barnhart, Ed.D., ATC (West Virginia University); Professor
Carol M. Biddington, Ed.D. (West Virginia University); Assistant Professor
William B. Biddington, Ed.D., ATC (West Virginia University); Professor
Marc S. Federico, DPT, MPT (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania); Assistant Professor
Rebecca A. Hess, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh); Professor
Barry E. McGlumphy, Ed.D., ATC (University of Pittsburgh); Associate Professor
Michael Meyer, Ph.D., ATC (Indiana University of Pennsylvania); Assistant Professor
Linda Platt Meyer, Ed.D., ATC (Duquesne University); Associate Professor
Jamie Weary, DPT, ATC (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania); Assistant Professor
Ellen J. West, Ed.D., ATC (West Virginia University); Associate Professor
Thomas F. West, Ph.D., ATC (Pennsylvania State University); Professor
Ed Zuchelkowski,
Ph.D. (West Virginia University); Professor