Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

MS in Athletic Training

Coordinator: Dominique Ross

Assistant Professors: Madden, Ross; Lecturer: Neptune 

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Master of Science in Athletic Training prepares students to become athletic trainers (ATs) in a growing health care field. ATs are qualified health care providers educated in prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and non-orthopedic conditions. They are employed in a variety of settings including athletics, physician practices, hospitals, performing arts, work-place care, military, and public safety. The AT program at USM values hands-on experience and has designed the second year to combine online courses with immersive clinical education. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification exam.

 

Required Courses: 

ATH 500 Athletic Training Professional Practice (1 cr)
ATH 501 Foundations of Patient Safety (1 cr)
ATH 502/503 Acute Care of Injury and Illness (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 504 Human Anatomy (2 cr)
ATH 510/511 Examination, Diagnosis and Care I (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 512/513 Examination, Diagnosis and Care II (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 514/515 Examination and Management of Non-Orthopedic Conditions (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 520/521 Health and Human Performance (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 522/523 Therapeutic Interventions I (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 524/525 Therapeutic Interventions II (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 571 Clinical 1 (1 cr)
ATH 572 Clinical 2 (1 cr)
ATH 573 Clinical 3 (2 cr)
ATH 626/627 Therapeutic Interventions III (Lecture/Lab) (4 cr)
ATH 640 Health Care Administration (3 cr)
ATH 641 Health Promotion (3 cr)
ATH 643 BOC Preparation (1 cr)
ATH 650 Research Design (3 cr)
ATH 651 Capstone I (3 cr)
ATH 652 Capstone II (1 cr)
ATH 673 Clinical Education (1 cr)
ATH 674 Clinical 4 (2 cr)
ATH 675 Clinical 5 (2 cr)
ATH 676 Clinical 6 (3 cr)

Academic Policies

Students admitted to the master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program complete 65 credits over 6 semesters, including traditional, online and clinical experiences. Students must earn a grade of B- or higher to successfully complete a course and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 to earn the MSAT degree.

The University of Southern Maine Athletic Training Program is accredited and in good standing with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. After passing the BOC exam, students will earn the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) credential. To practice athletic training, students will need to comply with state regulations (including but not limited to gaining licensure, registration) or separate exam requirements.

Clinical Education Policies

Personal health insurance is required for all students in this program. Students may select the university insurance coverage or a private company as long as the coverage meets that of the University policy.

Clinical experiences will provide a progression of increasingly complex and autonomous patient-care. Students will have three clinical experiences and three additional immersive clinical experiences with a variety of patient populations and health conditions.

Prior to beginning clinical experiences, students will be required to complete an annual criminal background check and fingerprinting. If a student has been convicted of a felony and is uncertain if their conviction may jeopardize potential board certification, he or she should request a predetermination of eligibility at any time by submitting their documentation to the Board of Certification (BOC) via email, fax, or mail prior to submitting their application. The Professional Practice and Discipline Committee reviews all convictions. Students should review the Professional Practice and Disciplinary Guidelines and Procedures for details. Candidates who are granted eligibility to sit for the BOC exam should review their state’s practice act prior to sitting for the BOC exam. Their conviction(s) could affect their ability to obtain licensure in that state.

Students are required to become members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for the duration of the MSAT Program.

In addition to the general policies described in Academic Policies, specific policies of this program are as follows.

Time Limit

The MSAT program is designed to be completed in 6 consecutive semesters. In the event that a student must repeat a course or take a leave of absence from the program, they must work with the MSAT Program Director to ensure all requirements are met. All courses for the MSAT degree must be completed within five years from the date of first matriculation.

Grade Policy

All courses in the athletic training curriculum must be completed with a minimum grade of B- (2.67) to carry graduate credit. If a student receives a grade below B-, the student must repeat the course in the next semester that it is offered. Because athletic training courses are not offered every semester, it may be necessary for the student to take a leave of absence from the program until the required course is offered again. A student is only permitted to repeat a course once.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 in each semester in order to progress in the program. A student whose grade point average falls below 2.67 in any semester will be placed on academic probation and will have the subsequent 12 credit hours of coursework to bring the grade point average up to at least 2.67. Students who fail to do this will be dismissed from the program. A student may not be placed on academic probation more than once.

Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.67 in their final semester will be dismissed from the program and will not be permitted to graduate.

Transfer Policy

The MSAT program abides by the University of Southern Maine transfer policy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog. In addition, all transfer courses must be evaluated by the MSAT Program Director to determine whether they meet CAATE standards associated with the USM MSAT course. Only those courses that meet the standards will be accepted for transfer.

Applicant Qualifications

Application Deadline: The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework. Completed applications must be received by April 1 for matriculation beginning in July.

  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA is preferred
  • GRE scores are not required
  • Prerequisite course work must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Prerequisite course work must be passed with a grade of B- or higher
    • Equivalency exams may be taken in place of certain courses if a grade of B- was not achieved. Please see the Office of Prior Learning Assessment’s webpage for more information on specific course offerings
  • Prerequisite course work:
    • Biology – one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
    • Chemistry - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Physics - one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
    • Psychology - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1&2- 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs or 1 semester of human anatomy with lab and 1 semester of human physiology with a lab (minimum 6 credits)
    • Statistics- 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Biomechanics, pathomechanics or kinesiology – 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology – 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Nutrition - 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application Deadline: The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework. Completed applications must be received by April 1 for matriculation beginning in July.
  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
  • Personal Statement: Explain how your experiences have prepared you for a graduate-level athletic training education and how this program will help you achieve your career goals. (750-1,250 words)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
     

Where to send transcripts and application materials

If applying through the USM Graduate Application, official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to: 

Application Processing Center
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.