2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, MS

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The Master of Science in Athletic Training program empowers students to live their purpose as allied health professionals in a nurturing, faith-based environment. Graduates will provide whole person care by developing their clinical expertise and skill, using evidence-based curriculum with high academic standards and high quality clinical experiences.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program at California Baptist University is the first professional master’s degree program in California to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Individuals wanting to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from a CAATE accredited athletic training program and must pass a national examination administered by the Board of Certification.

All students in the Master of Science in Athletic Training will complete a common set of core courses. The cumulative total for all Athletic Training Clinical Education courses must be at least 900 hours. Graduates of this program will complete eight (8) clinical rotations while in the program providing exposure to different professional athletic training settings including high schools, community colleges, universities, clinics, physician offices, and professional sport environments.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the Admissions section of the University Catalog. Specific admission requirements for the graduate program in Athletic Training are:

  1. Grade Point Average
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA for unconditional acceptance
    • Applicants with a GPA lower than 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)
  2. Prerequisites (completed with a “C” or better in the past eight years) *
    • Biomechanics
    • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries with Lab
    • General Psychology
    • Health OR Nutrition
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (2 semesters)
    • Exercise Physiology

      Additional preferred prerequisites:
      • Medical Terminology
      • Research Methods
      • Statistics
  3. Three Recommendations, completed on forms provided, from sources who can address your potential for success. Family members and friends may not complete recommendations
  4. 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 California Baptist University
  5. Current Resume documenting all related professional and extracurricular experiences
  6. CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, demonstrated by coursework or certification *
  7. Clinical Observation*
    • Verification of 150 hours from two (2) or more athletic training settings supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer
  8. Successful Interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee *
    • Admission to the Athletic Training Program is both competitive and selective, therefore satisfactory completion of all program admission requirements and prerequisites does not guarantee program acceptance. The Athletic Training Admissions Committee will review all applicants for formal acceptance

* Not required for admission to the pre-athletic training curriculum, must be complete prior to consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Post-Admission Requirements

The following documentation and certifications must be current and on file with the Athletic Training Program Director prior to beginning clinical rotations:

  1. Evidence of current liability insurance coverage
  2. Evidence of current first aid and professional rescuer CPR certification
  3. Completed health evaluation form
  4. Signed declaration of understanding and liability to meet the Technical Standards for Admissions and Retention
  5. Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all Program Policies and Procedures Handbook
  6. Evidence of completed immunizations and annual TB screening
  7. Evidence of completed background check

Pre-Athletic Training Curriculum

The following athletic training prerequisites are offered at California Baptist University

Pre-Athletic Training Courses

  • BIO 143 - Principles of Biology OR BIO 146 - General Biology I
  • BIO 153 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 153L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BIO 163 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 163L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • CHE 102 - Fundamentals of Chemistry OR CHE 115 - General Chemistry I and CHE 115L - General Chemistry I Lab
  • KIN 274 - Applied Movement Anatomy
  • KIN 300 - Nutrition Science
  • KIN 304 - Introduction to Athletic Training
  • KIN 312 - Emergencies in Sports Medicine *
  • KIN 383 - Exercise Physiology
  • PHY 115 - Physics for Architects with Lab OR PHY 214 - Physics I and PHY 214L - Physics I Lab
  • PSY 213 - General Psychology

* Course not required for admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, but if completed as a prerequisite the course will satisfy the program course requirement ATR 512 - Acute Care in Athletic Training I  

Program Requirements (62-65 units)

Core Requirements

* Requirement may be satisfied with documentation of Emergency Medical Technician certification or completion of KIN 312.

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