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Graduate Assistant Positions

The Athletics Department at Azusa Pacific University offers four graduate assistant positions within the sports medicine staff each year. All graduate assistants are assigned positions as part of the intercollegiate sports medicine program and rotate as necessary. Graduate assistants should be enrolled in an APU graduate program that fits within the time requirement of the graduate assistant position and must meet application requirements. The two (2) most common programs are the M.S. in Physical Education in the Department of Teacher Education, and the M.A. in Leadership in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. To view a list of graduate programs available, use the program finder.

The graduate assistants will be assigned to the following sports:

GA 1: Football, Track and Field
GA 2: Football; Acrobatics and Tumbling, Swimming and Diving
GA 3: Volleyball, Baseball
GA 4: Men’s Soccer, Tennis (Men’s and Women’s), Water Polo

Job Description/Responsibilities

Graduate assistants are responsible for the daily medical coverage, travel, and health care of assigned APU intercollegiate athletic teams. Specific assignments will be determined. They will also assist with the drug testing programs, educational programs, and in supervision, instruction, and evaluation of athletic training students. They are responsible for medical documentation of all evaluations, treatments, rehabilitations, and referrals. Graduate assistants will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Sports Medicine facilities.

View the full Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Job Description (PDF).


Graduate assistants will receive an average salary of $13,500 over the 10-month period beginning August 1 and lasting through May 31. This will be paid as an hourly wage of $9/hour. Payment will be issued bi-weekly with applicable taxes withheld. Additionally, graduate assistants will receive a full-tuition waiver.

To obtain the tuition discount for summer school, special arrangements must be made. For teaching, adjunct pay is possible. For more information, see the teaching section below.


Teaching is not required for any graduate assistant; however, you can receive adjunct pay for teaching First Aid and CPR. Applicants must have their First Aid/CPR Instructor and Professional Rescuer CPR credentials.

Arrival Date

You should arrive in the Azusa area and settle into housing prior to the August 1 contract start day for graduate assistants.

Summer School

Summer school courses are available and are recommended to stay on track for course sequencing as well as keeping course loads manageable during sport seasons.

Student Health Insurance and Fees

Health insurance is available through Blue Cross and allows the insured to be evaluated and treated at the APU Student Health Center at no cost. Off-campus medical services are also covered. On-campus graduate residents and international students must carry this insurance. For more information, please visit the Student Health Center website.

Graduate Programs, Tuition, and Financial Aid

For more information about graduate programs at APU, summer school courses and dates, and graduate tuition and financial aid, please visit the Graduate and Professional Center website.