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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.

Delivery Mode

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-certification) in athletic training.

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • 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

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

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


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


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


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

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

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