Prospective Student

In May 2015, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master's level. Baccalaureate programs will not be allowed to admit, enroll, or matriculate students after the fall 2022. In light of this decision, CMU is committed to remaining a leader in athletic training education and has transitioned from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program to an entry level Master of Science in Athletic Training program. The program includes a five year (3+2) accelerated option and leads to a completion of an Exercise Science bachelor's degree as well as master's degree in Athletic Training.

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is a professional graduate program designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification examination (BOC) and to prepare students for an entry level career in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Prospective students for the MSAT program have two points of entry:

Admissions Requirements

Admission into the MSAT Program is highly competitive. Application does not guarantee acceptance.

Option 1: Five-year BS in Exercise Science/MSAT Program. This option allows the student to complete a baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science and Master’s Degree in Athletic Training in five years.

  • Suggested: ACT composite of 21 or higher or SAT equivalent.
  • Students matriculating to the MSAT program must have a residential and science GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Students will start their 1st year in the professional program in the summer term at the end of their 3rd year and will take graduate courses.
  • Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, in their 4th year the student will be awarded a BS in Exercise Science (Pre-AT track).
  • Upon successful completion of the fifth-year requirements the student will be awarded the MSAT.
  • This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student athletes, transfer students, or students who change majors early who want to pursue an athletic training degree at CMU.
  • Students on this 3+2 track are given priority admission.
  • Students who are not accepted into the MSAT program may continue with a course of study in a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science provided they meet the requirements.
  • Additional requirements listed below.

Transfer admission criteria for BS in Exercise Science/MSAT

  • Students may transfer into the Exercise Science/Pre-AT track at any point (years 1, 2 or 3).
  • Additional requirements listed below.

Option 2: Two-year Professional Program (MSAT).

  • This program is only for those students who want to pursue athletic training as a career, have completed a bachelor’s degree in any major, and have met the admissions requirements.
  • This is a two-year program including summers.
  • BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Additional requirements listed below.

Additional Admissions Requirements for Option 1 and Option 2

  • Completion of a minimum of 75 hours of athletic training observation documented under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer. See website for hours documentation form.
  • atcas-msat.pngCompletion of all application materials. Materials can be found on ATCAS here.

Athletic Training essay

Submission of official transcripts

Observation hours (see website for form)

Submit three references (see website for form)

Technical standards verification (see website for form)

Copy of immunization records (incl. TB, Hep B, Hep C)

Physical examination

Criminal background check (occurs upon acceptance)

Drug test (occurs upon acceptance)

Proof of emergency cardiac care certification. Please see link for acceptable cards: http://www.bocatc.org/athletic-trainers#maintain-certification

  • Completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better (no more than 2 repeats total)

                        General Biology I w/Lab (e.g. CMU BI101)

                        Human Physiology (e.g. CMU BI205)

                        Exercise Physiology (e.g. CMU EX327)

                        General Chemistry I (e.g. CMU CH111)

                        General Physics I (e.g. CMU PH111)

                        Statistics (e.g. CMU MA105)

                        Kinesiology (e.g. CMU AH324)

                        Psychology (e.g. CMU PY301 and/or PY223)

                        Ethics (e.g. CMU PL306 and/or PL105) - Highly Recommended

  • A grade of “B” or better is required in all Athletic Training (AT) courses and including:

Anatomy (e.g. CMU BI107)

Medical Terminology (e.g. CMU AH211)

  • Upon submission of application materials, an on-site interview with MSAT Admissions Team will be required.

Retention Policy

  • Preceptors will assess the student's performance each semester. Each student must earn a 75% in order to matriculate. Students who fail to earn 75% will be placed on a one-semester remediation plan. Failure to adequately satisfy remediation criteria will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 to matriculate and graduate.
  • Graduation requires completion of a minimum of 60 hours of coursework with a GPA of 3.25/4.0.
  • Students can only earn a maximum of two course grades of C. Should a student receive a third C, the student will be dismissed from the program.
  • Students are required to follow the curriculum sequence for the MSAT. Courses are only offered in specific semesters/terms. Students are not allowed to progress to the next semester/term course sequence until they have passed all courses in the current semester.
  • Withdrawal from any AT course other than for medical reasons will result in automatic withdrawal from the program. If withdrawing, students may reapply during the next admission cycle.

Additional Fees

In addition to tuition, housing, books / supplies, and transportation costs (see Student Expenses for a breakdown of tuition and fees), students in the Athletic Training Program will incur additional expenses. The following is a breakdown of the most common costs:

  1. Portfolio fee - $120
  2. Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Fee - $75 per semester (ACES workshop).
  3. Travel to and from clinical sites - varies
  4. Liability Insurance for clinical rotations - $40 (yearly)
  5. CMU Student AT Association Fee /Professional Memberships - $30/$90.
  6. Course Fee: $50.00 per credit hour (clothing, supplies).
  7. Cost of drug test and criminal background check
  8. $250 non-refundable acceptance fee
  9. Please see university web-site for most current university tuition and fees.

NOTE: Fees are subject to change.

Application deadline: Priority deadline is March 15th; All students applying after March 15th will be considered for entry on a rolling basis.

Health requirements. Immunization Policy of CMU requires students enrolled at Central Methodist University for the first time to have documented proof of measles immunity, a recent tetanus/diphtheria booster, and complete a questionnaire screening for tuberculosis. This documentation is required prior to class attendance.

Student’s applying to the Athletic Training program must provide vaccination records for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, and submit proof of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C vaccination. Students failing to show proof of MMR, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B and C vaccinations may be admitted to the ATP but will not be allowed to start clinical rotations until proof is confirmed. Immunizations for Hepatitis A, Meningococcal, and an annual flu vaccine is highly recommended for all ATP students. It is possible that a particular facility may require additional screening requirements before being allowed to begin a clinical observation/rotation. Students must be aware that exemptions for any reason may affect clinical rotation placement. The situation could occur where the student would be unable to complete the clinical course and thus be unable to complete the requirements of the AT program. Students must provide proof of a physical examination to ensure that they are physically capable of handling the duties required to complete the competencies for athletic training knowledge and skill acquisition.

Athletic Training Program Non-Discriminatory Policy

It is the Athletic Training program policy that all decisions regarding recruitment and admissions shall be made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, disability, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other individual characteristics other than qualifications for the program, quality of performance, and conduct related to the program in accord with the university's policies, rules and applicable. 

For additional information, contact:

athletictraining@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6217