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Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Admission to the ATP Program is highly competitive and not guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of all application and pre-requisite requirements. The CBU ATP Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant based on many factors.  Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision in writing. Those who are offered admission will receive an admission packet and must respond in writing confirming acceptance of the admission offer and show evidence of completion of all Post Admission Requirements. Applicants who are not offered admission may re-apply the following year. Admission decisions may be appealed to the ATP Program Director within two weeks after official notification.

A limited number of students are admitted to the CBU ATP once a year for a June (summer semester) start. To be considered for admission all application materials must be received by January 10. After January 10 files are reviewed and interview invitations sent. Only complete applications are reviewed. Not all applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews are conducted the second week in February.

We are now accepting applications for summer 2016. Early application is recommended to allow time to address possible application and/or prerequisite deficiencies.

To learn more about the program please join us at our next Information Session.

Application requirements for the Athletic Training Program (ATP) are:

1.  An application for admission with a non-refundable graduate application fee

2.  Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the evaluated equivalency), with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission with the presentation of a minimum combined score of 300 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

3.  Official sealed transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Admissions

4.  Three recommendations from sources who can address your potential for success.  Family members and friends may not complete recommendations. 

5.  A comprehensive essay of at least 500 words that includes the following:
    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Background and/or experiences in sports, athletic training, physical education or related areas
    • Short and long-term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at CBU

6. Current resume documenting all related professional and extracurricular experiences

7.  Prerequisite coursework completed with a "C" or better within the past 8 years:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (2 semesters)
    • General Psychology
    • Biomechanics
    • Health and Wellness or Nutrition
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries with Lab
     Additional recommended courses:
     Statistics, Research Methods, Medical Terminology, Health
Applicants must submit a Prerequisite Self Evaluation Form that includes a plan for how prerequisites will be completed prior to starting the program. Prerequisite courses can be taken at CBU through the  Pre-Athletic Curriculum. Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

8.  CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, demonstrated by coursework or certificate

9.  Clinical Observation
    • Verification of 150 hours in an athletic training setting supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer in at least two different athletic training settings.
Please submit a completed ATP Observation Hours Form. You may use more than one form.

10.  A successful interview with the ATP Admissions Committee. Interviews take place in mid-February. Not all applicants are offered an interview.

11. An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting a recent test score from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score required to display English language proficiency for graduate programs is 80 IBT.