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-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.
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.
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
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
|ATE 800 Methods of Research in the Allied Health Professions||3|
|EDP 600 Statistical Methods||3|
|ATE 700 Gross Anatomy of the Extremities w/Lab||4|
|ATE 701 Technology in Athletic Training||3|
|ATE 770 Athletic Training Practicum||3|
|ATE 780 Research Applications in Athletic Training||3|
|PRF 710 Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity||3|
|ATE 745 Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training||3|
|PRF 750 Performance Enhancement Program Design||3|
|PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development||3|
|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.
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
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
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