Master of Science –Credits: 34-35 (program code: 0330)
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-professional) 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 enrolled in the program also receive a graduate assistantship as part of their advanced clinical experience. Advanced clinical experiences 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. The graduate assistantship includes a full tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend.
Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery, with some online/distance elements)
The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) as an advanced degree (post-professional) in athletic training.
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
- Reliable transportation for travel to affiliated clinical sites as needed
- Submit the Graduate Athletic Training Program (GATP)
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:
Fetchen DiCesaro, PhD, LAT, ATC
Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program
|Course ||Credits |
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|
Graduate students enrolled in the program also receive a graduate
assistantship as part of their advanced clinical experience. The
graduate assistantship includes a full tuition waiver and a $10,000
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
- School of Graduate Studies and Research
- Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (724-938-5712)
For Additional Information
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
Linda Platt Meyer, Ed.D., ATC (Duquesne University); Associate Professor
Melissa Sovak, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Pittsburgh), M.S. (Duquesne University), B.S. (Carlow University)
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