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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 in athletic training. 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. Students graduating 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.

In addition, students perform original research through the creation of a thesis, complete a cadaver anatomy course and take courses that enhance leadership skills.

This program is a post-professional graduate athletic training education program and the student must have passed the Board of Certification (BOC) examination or have completed the requirements to take the certification examination. The graduate athletic training student can expect to complete the academic coursework in one calendar year, which starts in June of each year and ends in the following May.

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.

Program Objectives

It is the mission of the graduate athletic training education program to build the characters and careers of entry-level athletic trainers. To realize this mission, the program’s goals and objectives are to educate entry-level athletic trainers to:

· Advance their understanding of the anatomical structure of the human body

· Become consumers and producers of research

· Utilize the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training Model in their daily practice

· Conduct themselves in a professional manner

· Appreciate the need for continued professional development and a lifetime of learning

· Apply technology effectively in their professional practice

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.

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum 3.00  GPA in a baccalaureate verified with official transcripts  from an accredited institution (Students who are currently Board of Certification certified athletic trainers will be given strong consideration if they have attained a minimum of a 2.50 GPA)
  •  Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable fee

    · Submit the following to: Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Health Science, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave, California, PA 15419:

    · Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Application Form

    · Two letters of recommendation. References should to speak to your clinical and academic abilities.

    · A cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae

  • Additional program requirements:

  •  BOC certified or have completed exam requirements. BOC certification is essential for an assistantship

  •  Eligible for Athletic Training Licensure from Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine

    Current emergency cardiac care certification prior to start of assistantship

    Liability insurance prior to start of assistantship

    Appropriate clearances prior to start of assistantship

Admission decisions for the program begin in January after thorough evaluation by the graduate athletic training applicant screening committee and continues until all positions are filled. Based on previous years, it is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible in the spring semester or by April 1 at the latest. After that time, applications will be accepted and reviewed until all positions are filled. Applications will not be evaluated until all pertinent materials have been received according to the guidelines listed above.

Curriculum

Summer 1 - 10 Weeks
Course NameCredits
ATE 800 Methods of Research in the Allied Health Professions3
EDP 600 Statistical Methods3

Summer 2 – Second Five Weeks
Course NameCredits
ATE 700 Gross Anatomy of the Extremities w/Lab4

Fall Semester
Course NameCredits
ATE 701 Technology in Athletic Training3
ATE 770 Athletic Training Practicum3
ATE 780 Research Applications in Athletic Training3
PRF 710 Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity3

Spring Semester
Course NameCredits
ATE 745 Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training3
PRF 750 Performance Enhancement Program Design3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development3
ATE 820 Athletic Training Research Project OR
RES 849 Master’s Thesis
3
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.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4187
http://www.calu.edu/prospective/graduate/contact-graduate-admissions/index.htm

gradschool@calu.edu

Program Coordinator

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

Graduate 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