At a Glance
Average completion time
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The MSAT program operates on a rolling admissions basis and applications are accepted year-round. However, to ensure consideration for the July start date, completed applications should be submitted early in the admission cycle.
- Priority Deadline: January 31
- Standard Deadline: May 1
Prerequisite courses must be similar in value to courses offered by an accredited four-year college or university. Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university. Grades of C or better are required. Courses that must have laboratories are indicated in the list below. No prerequisite coursework may be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Online science courses that are hybrid courses with online lectures and in-person labs may be acceptable. All prerequisite coursework more than seven years old is not accepted.
The following prerequisite courses and certifications must be completed before entry:
Acute Care and Emergency Management
- Current and valid CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications (See Board of Certification for a list of acceptable providers)
- Human Anatomy with lab (one semester)
- Human Physiology with lab (one semester)
- General Psychology (one semester)
- Exercise Physiology with lab (one semester)
- Health/Wellness (one semester)
Recommended, but not required
- General Physics
- Research Methods
University graduate and program admission requirements must be met before an application for the athletic training degree is complete (see Graduate Admission to the University in the online Graduate Catalog).
- Application for Graduate Admission (Apply Online | Download PDF).
- Nonrefundable $45 application fee.
- Officially posted bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time he or she matriculates to APU. This is verified through official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s baccalaureate degree. (To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from the Office of the Registrar of the school attended to the Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions at Azusa Pacific University. Students’ sealed copies will not be considered official.)
- Cumulative baccalaureate degree GPA of 3.0. An applicant with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered on a conditional basis.
- A writing sample demonstrating knowledge and interest in the field of athletic training as evidenced by the following:
- A written essay (3-5 double-spaced typed pages maximum, 12 point font) that provides:
- A detailed description of the profession of athletic training
- A chronological description of the history of the profession of athletic training and key leaders of the profession
- An explanation of the roles and responsibilities of a certified athletic trainer (AT).
- Use APA style, including a list of references, to cite any references used.
- A professional cover letter (2 double-spaced typed pages maximum, 12 point font) detailing:
- Why the applicant is motivated to become a certified athletic trainer (AT)
- A description of the applicant’s personal and professional strengths/characteristics
- A description of the area(s) that present(s) the greatest challenge to the applicant;
- A discussion of any circumstances or situations that may affect the applicant’s ability to complete the program (especially clinical experiences).
- Three recommendation letters from people well-suited to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study. These may be provided by professionals in athletic training or a related health care profession, or by faculty familiar with academic work in athletic training or areas closely related to athletic training.
- At least one MSAT faculty member may contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements for a phone interview.
What to expect
After a student submits the required application materials, the student’s application packet will be reviewed by Graduate Admissions and MSAT faculty. When applicants meet the minimum requirements, an MSAT faculty member may set up a phone interview. A second phone interview may be requested.
Accepted students will receive an official acceptance letter. Once admitted into the MSAT program, students must provide a nonrefundable $500 deposit within 21 days of receipt of the acceptance letter. The $500 is applied to the first term’s fee.
Students will receive a checklist to complete by sending the following items:
- Documentation of the following up-to-date immunizations: HBV series, MMR, Tdap, chicken pox, and meningococcal
- Documentation of a recent (within last 12 months) negative TB test
- Documentation of ability to meet MSAT Technical Standards (PDF) with or without reasonable accommodations
- Copies (front and back) of current, valid certification cards for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid
- Signed copy of the MSAT Oath of Confidentiality (PDF)
- Signed copy of the MSAT Communicable Disease Policy (PDF)
Students can apply for financial aid through FAFSA beginning in February for the upcoming school year. Students can register for summer term courses beginning in March. If students have not yet visited campus, they may choose to attend a spring semester campus and program visit day.
Students should locate housing and plan to move near campus in early July. New students are required to attend new student orientation, which begins on a Friday morning, includes the weekend, and concludes with the start of classes Monday morning. The orientation will include a one-stop-style session Friday morning with individuals from vital offices and departments on campus including, but not limited to, the Graduate Registrar, IMT, Campus Safety, One Card, Graduate Student Financial Services, and the Writing Center.