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Master of Athletic Training (MATC)

Tona Hetzler, Program Director
Professional Building, room 160
Phone:  417-836-8553
Tonahetzler@missouristate.edu

Program description

The Master of Athletic Training program is a professional degree designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers and function as health care providers within an evolving health care delivery system.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education  (CAATE).

Admission requirements

Applicants will be reviewed as received with early admission decisions announced by January 1st for study beginning in June.  Applications will continue to be reviewed in the order received until all programs spots are filled.  To be considered for admission to the Master of Athletic Training program, a prospective student must apply to the program via the Athletic Training Centralized Application Services (ATCAS). Applicants who are accepted into the Master of Athletic Training program will follow the Graduate College’s procedures to activate their MSU student records.

Selection for an interview and final admission decisions will be based on the following:

  1. Submission of an application to ATCAS that must include a personal statement not to exceed three pages; documented evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of observation of athletic trainers in at least two different areas of practice; two letters of recommendation (one letter from an academic source and one from an athletic trainer that supervised the observation hours);
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  3. Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years prior to application with a preferred minimum score of 153 in Verbal Reasoning, 150 in Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing;
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English and do not have a U.S. degree are required to have a score on the TOEFL of 79 or higher (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher. The requirement for a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following: (i) are native English speakers or (ii) have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  5. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. The undergraduate major may be in any field, but students must complete the following prerequisites – examples of Missouri State University courses listed below in parentheses - prior to entering the program in the summer:
    • Care and Prevention or Introduction to Sports Medicine: 2-3 hrs. (ATC 220 or 222)
    • English: 6 hrs. (ENG 110 and ENG 201, 221, 310 or 321)
    • College Algebra or higher: 3 hrs. (MTH 135 or higher)
    • Statistics: 3 hrs. (MTH 340, MTH 545, ECO 308, QBA 237, PSY 200, SOC 302 or BIO 550)
    • Physics with lab: 3-4 hrs. (PHY 123);
    • Introductory Chemistry with lab: 4-5 hrs. (CHM 160 and CHM 161)
    • Introductory Psychology: 3 hrs. (PSY 121);
    • General Biology/Biomedical Sciences with lab: 4-5 hrs. (BIO 121 or BMS 110 and 111)
    • Human Anatomy with lab: 4 hrs. (BMS 307)**
    • Human Physiology with lab: 4 hrs. (BMS 308)**

      **If students take a combined course, it must be taken across two semesters for a total of at least 8 credit hours to meet admission criteria; a single combined anatomy and physiology course WILL NOT be accepted.
    • Medical Terminology: 1-3 hrs. (LLT 102)
    • Exercise Physiology: 3-4 hrs. (BMS 567)
    • Biomechanics/Kinesiology: 3-4 hrs. (BMS 450)
    • Nutrition: 3 hrs. (BMS 240)
    • Provide evidence of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification at the Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer level or beyond.

Once accepted to the program, all students must:

  1. Follow the Graduate College’s procedures to activate their MSU student records.
  2. Provide evidence of current physical examination including a PPD skin test or chest X-ray for tuberculosis. Evidence of appropriate follow up from an individual testing positive for TB must be provided. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, a complete Hepatitis B series, and any other vaccinations required by clinical sites).
  3. Provide signed technical standard form that documents capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  4. Initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screening required by clinical agencies, professional memberships and licensure, as well as any other cost associated with their program of study. Students must submit drug screening test and a criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an Athletic Trainer.

    *Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the Master of Athletic Training Program Selection Committee. This may result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Provide proof of liability insurance – group rates will be available.
  6. Adhere to the SMAT Code of Honor and the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations Code of Ethics; students will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  7. Enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class.

Probationary Admission to the Program

Probationary admission may be granted to an applicant that does not meet one or more of the above program admission requirements.

  1. During the probationary period, the student must work with their advisor and the program director to complete the missing requirement(s) by the end of the first summer session.

Progression and Retention Requirements

After admission into the Master of Athletic Training program, a student must achieve the following for progression in the program:

  1. Remain in compliance with all Master of Athletic Training, CHHS and Graduate College policies.
  2. Receive no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B-", no course with a grade "C-" or below may be applied towards the Master of Athletic Training. Furthermore, a graduate student becomes ineligible for graduate study if more than 9 semester hours of "C+" or lower are earned in graduate courses taken in the degree program.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of health care professionals.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge during didactic and clinical experiences.
  5. Maintain current NATA, MAATA, and MoATA membership.
  6. Maintain current liability insurance.
  7. Maintain current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification at the Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer level or beyond.

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the Master of Athletic Training program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the program, based on the judgment of the majority of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department graduate faculty.

Students on clinical probation must receive a rating of "satisfactory" or higher on all remaining AT clinical evaluations. Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the Master of Athletic Training program. Students have the right to follow the University's appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.

Students should refer to the Missouri State University Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Handbook for Professional Athletic Training Students for additional policies and procedures of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department.

Degree requirements (minimum of 61 hours)

  1. Academic Advisor. Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. If desired, the student may select a different advisor once fully matriculated into the program. This occurs most often when a research topic is chosen and it is appropriate for a different faculty member to direct that project. The role of the graduate advisor is to:
  • Assist the student in the selection of course work for his/her graduate program;
  • Advise and assist the student in completion of all Missouri State University and departmental requirements for degree.

It is extremely important that students have early contact with their advisor and gain advisor approval before registering for classes. The advisor is a key person in helping individuals plan their graduate program, ensuring that classes fit the program, planning an appropriate class sequence, and providing other input that ensures a student is successful in their graduate program. All degree-seeking students must have the advisor complete an electronic release prior to registering.

Core Course (61 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ATC 601 Foundations of Athletic Training 1 hr
ATC 602 Orthopedic Review 2 hrs
ATC 604 Clinical Skills in AT 3 hrs
ATC 622 AT Practicum I 2 hrs
ATC 623 Patient Evaluation I 3 hrs
ATC 631 AT Integrated Lab I 1 hr
ATC 633 Therapeutic Interventions I 3 hrs
ATC 640 Evidence Based Practice 2 hrs
ATC 653 Patient Evaluation II 3 hrs
ATC 663 Therapeutic Interventions II 3 hrs
ATC 671 AT Integrated Lab II 1 hr
ATC 682 AT Practicum II 2 hrs
ATC 711 Problem Based Practice (1 hr each) 3 hrs
ATC 713 AT Practicum III 3 hrs
ATC 724 AT Practicum IV 4 hrs
ATC 732 Applied Research Methods in Health Care 3 hrs
ATC 734 Prof Dev and Leadership 4 hrs
ATC 741 Therapeutic Interventions III 1 hr
ATC 753 Pharmacology/General Medical Concepts 3 hrs
ATC 773 Athletic Training Seminar 3 hrs
ATC 784 AT Practicum V 4 hrs
ATC 791 AT Research Project 1 hr
ATC 797 Non-thesis Project  3 hrs
PSY 627 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs

Research Requirement

Completion of a non-thesis project approved by the non-thesis committee.

Non-thesis Project. Three (3) credit hours in ATC 797 Non-Thesis Project will count toward a degree. IRB proposal, data collection, formal presentation, and related manuscript must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee before the degree is granted.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination administered during the student's final year of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

The Master of Athletic Training Program faculty will retain the right to consider mitigating circumstances relative to all program requirements (admissions, retention, course prerequisites, etc.) and may alter one or more of these requirements for admission and program progression. Should a student's academic sequence be interrupted for any reason, that individual must meet with the Master of Athletic Training Program faculty to determine the course of action. This decision will be on an individual basis, taking the situation and circumstances into consideration.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Tona Hetzler, Program Director
Professional Building, room 160
Phone:  417-836-8553
Tonahetzler@missouristate.edu

Program description

The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree is designed to prepare certified athletic trainers to function in advanced athletic training roles within an evolving health care delivery system.  Students will explore topics directly related to the program's point of distinctiveness: Advanced Clinical Skills in Rehabilitation and Athletic Training Leadership.

Admission requirements

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 1st for admission the following fall, and will continue until the class is filled. An individual wishing to become a candidate for the MSAT degree must complete an online Graduate Application. In addition, candidates must submit the following materials:

  1. a resume,
  2. a cover letter,
  3. a one page essay addressing applicant's professional career goals and how the MSAT program will help accomplish these goals,
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores,
  5. BOC certification number or test date).

The Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training will review students with complete application materials for full admission. Admission of students for the MSAT program is selective and competitive due to limited resources. Student not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline. See admission processes and requirements in Graduate College section of the Graduate Catalog.

Full Admission to the MSAT Program

Full admission to the MSAT program will be based on:

  1. Eligible for acceptance into the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. A cumulative GPA of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of college course work attempted. Consideration may also be given to an applicant whose GPA falls below the minimum if a strong GRE score has been earned or if other evidences of potential for academic success in graduate education can be presented. Graduate work will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. BOC certification, eligible for the BOC or an equivalent athletic training credential (e.g., Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist).
  4. Licensure as an Athletic Trainer in good standing in Missouri or eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  5. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university - including a Statistical Methods course (PSY 200 or equivalent).
  6. Evidence of current physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series).
  7. Provide evidence of current certification with emergency cardiac care as defined by the BOC.
  8. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an athletic trainer.
  9. Provide evidence of NATA, MAATA, and MoATA memberships.
  10. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has a Professional Code of Ethical Conduct. All MSAT students will adhere to this Code and respect the rights and dignity of all individuals. Additionally, the SMAT Department has an honor code and pledge. All SMAT students are required to adhere to theis Honor Code.
Probational Admission to the Program

Probational admission may be granted to an applicant that does not meet one or more of the above program admission requirements.

  1. During the probationary period, the student shall receive no course grade lower than a B for the first nine hours of graduate course work attempted.
  2. Students admitted that have not passed the BOC examination and earned the ATC credentials are considered a probational admission candidate and have one semester to earn the ATC credentials. Students that are not successful on the BOC examination within the first semester of the program will be dismissed. Students not BOC certified will NOT be eligible for a graduate assistant position or any other employment opportunities that require BOC certification.

Retention requirements

After admission into the MSAT program, a student must achieve the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B", and no hours of graduate work below a "C".
  2. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge.
  3. Remain compliant with the NATA Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and SMAT Honor Code.
  4. Maintain current NATA, MAATA, and MoATA membership and remain in good standing with the BOC.
  5. Maintain current AT license and be in good standing with the Missouri Board of Health Arts.
  6. Maintain current certification with emergency cardiac care as defined by the BOC.
  7. Maintain evidence of good physical health and up-to-date immunizations (MRR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series).

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the MSAT program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the program, based on the judgment of the majority of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department graduate faculty.  Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the MSAT program.  Students have the right to follow the University's appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.
  3. Students should refer to the Missouri State University Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Handbook for Graduate Athletic Training Students for additional policies and procedures of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hours)

  1. Academic Advisor. Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. If desired, the student may select a different advisor once fully matriculated into the program. This occurs most often when a research topic is chosen and it is appropriate for a different faculty member to direct that project. The role of the graduate advisor is to:
  • Assist the student in the selection of course work for his/her graduate program;
  • Evaluate transfer credits as acceptable for meeting requirements;
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of all graduate course work toward the program of study as shown in the student's degree audit; and
  • Advise and assist the student in completion of all Missouri State University and departmental requirements for degree.

It is extremely important that students have early contact with their advisor and gain advisor approval before registering for classes. The advisor is a key person in helping individuals plan their graduate program, ensuring that classes fit the program, planning an appropriate class sequence, and providing other input that ensures a student is successful in their graduate program. All degree-seeking students must have the advisor complete an electronic release prior to registering via the web, in person, or by fax or mail registration.

  1. Core Course (33-36 hours)
     
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
    ATC 610 Leadership Theory and Issues in Athletic Training 2 hrs
    ATC 612 Human Movement 2 hrs
    ATC 620 Leadership Concepts in Athletic Training 3 hrs
    ATC 630 Leadership Practicum 1 hr
    ATC 632 Manual Therapy Techniques 3 hrs
    ATC 640 Evidence Based Practice 2 hrs
    ATC 710 Seminar in Athletic Training (3 courses) 2 hrs
    ATC 723 Movement Pattern Assessment 3 hrs
    ATC 732 Applied Research Methods in Health Care 3 hrs
    ATC 733 Corrective Exercise Techniques/Movement Pattern Interventions 3 hrs
    ATC 743 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions 3 hrs
    ATC 797 Non-thesis Project   OR 3 hrs
    ATC 799 Thesis 6 hrs
    PSY 627 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs
  2. Elective Courses. Students must work directly with their advisor and committee to determine which elective courses should be completed to strengthen their plan of study and compliment their thesis or non-thesis project. Courses must be approved by the student's committee to be counted toward the degree completion.
  3. Research Requirement. Completion of a thesis or a non-thesis project approved by the advisor or thesis committee.

    Thesis Option. Six (6) credit hours in ATC 799 Thesis will count toward the degree. Requirements include: proposal defense, IRB approval, data collection, traditional 5 chapter thesis, oral presentation and defense of thesis, submission of an abstract and poster presentation (minimally at an on-campus event). The thesis must be approved by the student's Thesis/Advisory Committee and the Graduate College before the degree is granted..

    Non-thesis Project. Three (3) credit hours in ATC 797 Non-Thesis Project will count toward a degree. A formal oral presentation of the project is required. The seminar paper must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee before the degree is granted.
  4. Comprehensive Examination. A comprehensive examination administered during the student's final semester of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.