Master in Athletic Training
“The mission of our program is to provide high quality educational opportunities for our students to develop intellectual, personal and professional growth as an Athletic Trainer to serve the healthcare needs of Indiana and beyond.”
- Dr. Nate Foster
The Masters of Science in Athletic Training - Post Professional degree is a 33-hour, Post Professional athletic training degree which provides graduate students with the knowledge, values, skills and clinical education to enhance their practice as certified athletic trainers. The program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards.
For students of this Master's program who are interested in athletic training graduate programs, the mission of the Post-Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training is to provide high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities for students to achieve intellectual, professional and personal growth in the field of athletic training to service the health care needs of Indiana and beyond.
Upon degree completion, the mission of IWU's Post-Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training is to provide:
- A Christ-centered learning culture that promotes and assists in developing professional behaviors of athletic trainers that incorporate the values and attitudes of excellence, caring, honesty and respect that are consistent with the Code of Ethics by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and Standards of Professional Practice from the Board of Certification Inc.
- A student-centered curriculum that critically studies the scope and practice of athletic training and builds upon the students' post-professional athletic training foundational knowledge, increases their understanding of issues related to athletic health care through an evidence-based curriculum, and prepares them to better engage and serve a diverse patient population.
- Didactic, laboratory and online experiences that provide exposure to a broad range of traditional and emerging health care and human service delivery models.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|MS Athletic Training||33 Total||$485 / credit hour|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for each term is due by August 15th for Fall and by December 15th for Spring. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.
The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the required core program. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. For further information, feel free to contact us.
SUMMER II (July Term - two weeks onsite)
FALL (First 7 weeks online)
FALL (Second 8 weeks online)
SPRING (First 8 weeks online)
SPRING (Second 8 weeks online)
MAY TERM (online)
Total 33 credit hours
Below are the lists of requirements for the MS in Athletic Training program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.
Applicants are required to meet the following criteria for consideration for admission:
- Applicants to the Post Professional Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training (MS AT) program must have a baccalaureate degree in Athletic Training from a CAATE regionally accredited college or university. The minimum overall grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- A GRE Examination will be required of all students regardless of grade point average (GPA).
- Application Form: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form.
- Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences are to be included.
- Criminal History: A company certified criminal history background check will be conducted at the applicant’s expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
- References: Using the attached recommendation form, have three references submitted. At least one of the references must be from an athletic training practitioner and a previous faculty member who can speak to your capacity to do graduate level work.
- Writing Sample: In a double-spaced typed essay of 500 to 750 words, explain your interest in the program, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
- BOC: Individuals who have completed the NATA BOC exam must provide proof of completion. Individuals will be permitted to begin the program in July but must have successfully completed the NATA BOC Exam by September 1st.
- Curriculum Vitae: Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a curriculum vitae in determining admissibility. Generally admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Athletic Training.
- Deadline for Application: We have an early decision deadline of November 1st for all application materials, as well as a final deadline of March 1st. Eligible candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the faculty, which can be accomplished in person, by Skype/Facetime, or by telephone. Decisions regarding the acceptability of applicants for the Post Professional Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training program will be made by the admissions committee after evaluation of all pertinent application materials. Applications cannot be accurately reviewed until all application materials are received and requirements have been met. New applications are required for those who defer a year or miss the cutoff date for admissions.
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Payment of tuition and fees to receive a diploma.
Students may have graduate courses from a regionally accredited college or university considered for transfer into the MS AT provided. No more than 6 credits may be accepted as transfer credit. The MS AT Program Director will make the final decision as to the compatibility of the course to meet curricular standards. The following are minimal standards for review:
- The course is clearly comparable to one of the MS AT course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
- The course is at the 500 or higher numbering system.
- The course has been completed within the past five years.
- The course reflects current knowledge-base and best practice.
- The course reflects higher order thinking, study, assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.
General Information Regarding Admission
- An interview will be requested of the applicant to the program.
- The number of applicants admitted to the MS in AT program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
- Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser for Pearson LearningStudio.
- In order to complete assignments, students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent versions of Microsoft Office, as only the two most recent versions are supported by IWU technology. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures.
Complete the Online Application
This is your first step toward making your dreams come true for your future. Whether it's to advance your current career, start a new career path, or simply continue that lifelong love of learning, Indiana Wesleyan University is the place for you.
Additional Steps to Apply
College: Official transcripts are required from all universities and/or colleges attended which must show the baccalaureate degree conferred and any graduate coursework completed. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped "student copy," "issued to student," or "unofficial" cannot be accepted as official.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a "Course-by-Course Report" from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to us at the address below. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
2. Test Scores
A GRE examination will be required if a student has a GPA below 3.0. A GRE score on the new revised GRE of 146 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative sections is recommended. GRE exams taken prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections, with a verbal score of at least 400 and quantitative score of at least is recommended.
3. Recommendation Forms
Two professional recommendations are required. At least one of the references must be from an athletic training practitioner and a previous faculty member who can speak to your capacity to successfully complete graduate level work. You must use the forms that are provided.
4. Writing Sample
Please provide a 500 to 750 word double-spaced, typewritten document explaining your interest in the profession, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a resume. Generally admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Athletic Training.
6. TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your TOEFL scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, visit www.toefl.org or a copy of your ELTS score.
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Why Indiana Wesleyan University?
- Christ-Centered Education
- State of the art School of Health Sciences facility
- Emphasis in Inter-professional EducationWide variety of clinical placements
- On-line learning flexibility
- Two week on-site Clinical (cadaver) anatomy and Emergency Medicine courses
Definition of Athletic Training
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and other health care providers to optimize the activity and participation of patients across age and care continuum. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes athletic training as a health care profession. Athletic Trainers work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
The Athletic Trainer's professional preparation is based on the development of current knowledge and skills in the following content areas:
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
- Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
- Healthcare Administration
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Professional Development and Responsibility