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Athletic Training

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

Program Description

Commencing with the 2016 Summer cohort, the graduate-level program in athletic training is voluntarily withdrawing from CAATE accreditation. Students enrolled in courses beginning May 2016 will NOT be enrolled in a CAATE accredited post-professional program. Course content and graduate assistantship packages will remain the same.

Graduate students enrolled in the program may receive a graduate assistantship as part of their advanced clinical experience, but are not obligated to accept it. 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.

Delivery Mode

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

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


ATE 700  Gross Anatomy of the Extremities w/Lab
ATE 701 Technology in Athletic Training
ATE 745 Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
ATE 770 Athletic Training Practicum
ATE 775 Athletic Healthcare for Special Populations
ATE 800 Methods of Research in the Allied Health Professions
EDP 600 Statistical Methods
PRF 710 Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity
PRF 750 Performance Enhancement in Program Design
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development
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 stipend.


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 ( or fax (724-938-5712) 

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

For Additional Information

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:
Phone: 724-938-5831

Program Faculty

Michael Meyer, Ph.D., ATC (Indiana University of Pennsylvania); Assistant Professor
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