The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has mandated that all professional preparation Athletic Training programs must be at the master's level by 2022. The FGCU B.S.A.T. program is in the process of transitioning to the master's level. FGCU will welcome the first class of Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) students in Summer 2020.
The Master of Science (M.S.A.T.) in Athletic Training Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate, advise, and treat athletes of any type and of all ages. Students learn how to help athletes prevent injury, recover and return to pre-injury status. During the program, students complete a series of clinical experiences. These experiences may be associated with FGCU intercollegiate athletic programs, professional athletic programs, local sports medicine clinics, and local high school athletic programs. Graduates of the FGCU M.S.A.T. program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become a certified athletic trainer.
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AccreditationToggle More Info
Information on FGCU institutional accreditation is available at http://www.fgcu.edu/Provost/accreditation.html
The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, Texas 78664; telephone number 512-733-9700). (http://www.caate.net)
Board of Certification
Qualifications necessary for earning certification can be found at the Board of Certification Inc. website: (http://www.bocatc.org/).
In addition to typical FGCU student cost, the Athletic Training students can anticipate additional costs related to the following:
- Liability Insurance
- Membership Dues for professional organizations
- Laboratory and Clinical Uniforms
- Level II Background Checks
- CPR/AED, First Aid
For additional information, please visit www2.fgcu.edu/mariebcollege/rs/ATMS/fees.asp
The M.S. in Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, Texas 78664; telephone number 512-733-9700). (http://www.caate.net)
The M.S. in Athletic Training Program at Florida Gulf Coast University has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education through the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
*This data is taken from the BSAT Program
View/Print PDF Version of BOC Pass Rate ChartTable data from: https://caate.net/program-outcomes/
Admissions InformationToggle More Info
Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.
Program Admission Requirements
Students are admitted to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program in the summer of each year. For priority consideration, all application materials must be received by Feb 1st. Application materials received after Feb 1st will be considered on a space available basis. All applications to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program must be submitted through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (http://atcas.liaisoncas.org/).
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences conducts a competitive admissions process. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the entry-level athletic training program. (Please note that meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program.) All applicants must have:
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants may complete a baccalaureate degree in any field. The following undergraduate majors at FGCU may be the most congruent with the required athletic training prerequisite courses: BS in Exercise Science; BS in Health Science.
- Achieved a GPA calculated for all prerequisite courses (for courses completed at the time of application) of at least 3.00 (on a 0 to 4 scale).
- Achieved a GPA for all upper division coursework (for courses completed at the time of application) of at least 3.00 (on a 0 to 4 scale).
- Submitted all program specific application materials using ATCAS (http://atcas.liaisoncas.org/).
- Completed the following prerequisite courses or the equivalent with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or less is not acceptable).
1. BSC 2010C General Biology I w/Lab (4)
2. BSC 1085C Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (4) or BSC 2011C General Biology II w/Lab (4)
3. BSC 1086C Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (4) or PCB 2XXX Human Physiology (3)
4. PHY 2053C College Physics I w/Lab (4)
5. PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)
6. CHM 1045C General Chemistry w/Lab I (4)
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences/Athletic Training Program has a mandatory orientation that occurs usually the two days prior to the start of the entering semester for classes. Information is sent out with acceptance letters. Students that do not attend the mandatory orientation will not be accepted into the program.
Criminal Background Check
All students admitted to the M.S.A.T. Program must complete a criminal background check. A student may encounter potential problems with clinical education placement and/or licensure as an athletic trainer if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. If a student has a criminal record, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire with the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure as an athletic trainer or practice in certain settings.
Admissions Decision Appeals
A student may appeal admissions decisions by contacting the Office of the Dean in The Marieb College of Health & Human Services at 239-590-7451. Through the Dean's Office, the student brings an appeal to the MCHHS Student Appeals Committee. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, he or she may bring the appeal to the University Ombudsman (www.fgcu.edu/ombudsman).
Program RequirementsToggle More Info
Program Requirements for the 2019-2020 Catalog Year
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
- Comply with University graduate policies and regulations.
- Satisfy the University’s graduate degree requirements.
- Complete the appropriate Plan of Study.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all coursework in the program.
- Satisfy all degree requirements within seven (7) years from the time of admission to the program.
- Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the University Calendar.
- Follow the guidelines for submission of thesis materials through ProQuest. Refer to Office of Research and Graduate Studies website.
Required Courses (58 credits)
Minimum grade of B in each course.
ATR 6105C Intro to Athletic Training (4)
ATR 6136 Kinesiology and Pathomechanics (3)
ATR 6136L Kinesiology and Patho Lab (2)
ATR 6217C Athletic Training Practice I (4)
ATR 6218C Athletic Training Practice II (4)
ATR 6303C Therapeutic Interventions (4)
ATR 6320 Bioenergetics (3)
ATR 6345C Prevention and Wellness (3)
ATR 6435C General Medical Conditions (3)
ATR 6450 Psychosocial Strategies (3)
ATR 6501 Leadership Athletic Training (3)
ATR 6516 Management Strategies (3)
ATR 6612 Evidence Based Medicine (3)
ATR 6617 Research Methods (2)
ATR 6618 Independent Research I (3)
ATR 6619 Independent Research II (2)
ATR 6815 Clinical Practice I (1)
ATR 6825 Clinical Practice II (1)
ATR 6835 Clinical Practice III (1)
ATR 6845 Clinical Practice IV (3)
ATR 6855 Clinical Practice V (3)
Total Credits Required: 58 HRS
Curriculum MapToggle More Info
M.S. Athletic Training Course Track Map
The Athletic Training Program utilizes a cohort model. All students will follow the same course model.
Course DescriptionsToggle More Info
Official Course Descriptions
Search for official course descriptions by using the Course Description Search utility.
Go to the Course Descriptions Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select a course prefix from one of the SUBJECT dropdowns (required)
- Enter search words in the TEXT field (optional, but will narrow the search results)
- Press Search
Course ScheduleToggle More Info
Getting started with the Course Schedule Search
Search for program courses by using the Course Schedule Search utility.
Go to the Course Schedule Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select one or more of the search options to narrow your results (for example, CAMPUS, COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT, LEVEL, PREFIX*, COURSE ATTRIBUTE**). For virtual or web courses, select VIRTUAL in the CAMPUS field.
- Press Search.
*A course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline (for example, ACG for Accounting , BSC for Biological Science, ENC for English Composition). See the Degree Requirements page for a list of courses (with prefix and number) that can be used to fulfill degree requirements.
**A course attribute identifies specific characteristics of courses that can be used in a Degree Evaluation to satisfy a degree requirement. (Course attribute examples are Humanities courses - GEHM and Social Science courses - GESO.)
Learning OutcomesToggle More Info
Academic Learning CompactConsistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate proper injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis required of an athletic trainer.
2. Demonstrate proper immediate, emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation required of an athletic trainer.
3. Identify important concepts related to administration used in professional athletic training practice.
4. Model professional behaviors that are consistent with professional practice in athletic training.
5. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills compatible with being an effective athletic trainer.
6. Appropriately use and modify written and oral communication used in athletic training practice.
Graduates will be able to:
- Employ the conventions of standard written English.
- Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
- Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to:
- Select and organize information.
- Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
- Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
- Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
- Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial AssistanceToggle More Info
Tuition and Fees
Information on Tuition, Fees and estimated total Cost of Attendance is available on the Office of the Bursar web site.
Financial Aid Opportunities
Visit FGCU's Financial Aid Web site for information about grants, additional scholarships, loans, and student employment.
In addition to typical FGCU student cost, the Athletic Training students can anticipate additional costs (estimated) related to the following:
Liability Insurance ($30-$50)
Membership Dues for professional organizations ($70-$90)
Laboratory and Clinical Uniforms ($50-$100)
CPR/AED ($35-$45), First Aid ($15-$20)
Criminal Record Background Checks ($100-$150)
---Some clinical sites may require additional background checks completed
Travel to Clinical Sites
To apply for any of the below scholarships, obtain further information on the below scholarships, or to locate additional opportunities please visit: https://www.fgcu.edu/admissionsandaid/financialaid/undergraduate/typesofaid/scholarships.aspx
Clinical SitesToggle More InfoThe Athletic Training Program has a variety of clinical education sites for the ATS to complete his or her clinical education. FGCU has affiliations with intercollegiate athletics, local high schools, professional sports, outpatient rehabilitation settings, and with other college athletic programs.
The AT Program works with several facilities outside the State of Florida. Individual sites may have requirements and/or resources for students placed at clinical facilities in those states. Links are provided below for requirements and/or resources by individual states outside of Florida.
Some Highlights Include:
- FGCU Division I Athletics
- Florida Southwestern State College
- Boston Red Sox
- Minnesota Twins
- Florida Everblades (Hockey)
- Cleveland Clinic - Weston, Florida
- United States Military Academy - West Point
- United States Military Academy Preparatory School - West Point
- Air Force Academy Preparatory School
- University of the South
- Lee County High Schools
- Collier County High Schools