Graduate Program (MS)

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers collaborate with doctors, physical therapists, registered dietitians, and more to provide care for the entire person—not just the injury. Learn Athletic Training from Certified Athletic Trainers working in the field, in our personalized program.

Admission

2-Year Option

Prospective students with a bachelors degree interested in pursuing the Masters of Science in Athletic Training degree program must meet the pre-requisites listed below.

Pre-requisites:

  • A bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Overall 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each pre-requisite courses (C- is not acceptable)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all pre-requisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
        Or Human Anatomy + Lab
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
      • Or Human Physiology + Lab
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Chemistry + Lab
    • Physics + Lab
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • English Composition (Writing course)
  • Completion of 40 hours of Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations.

Our admissions committee begins reviewing complete and verified applications on  February 18th, 2019. Students may apply after the deadline, and we will review applications on a rolling basis as space permits in the cohort. 

  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university to the Office of the Graduate School, of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. Transcripts must demonstrate that the GPA, and pre-requisite course requirements have been met.
  • Documentation of 40 hours of Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations
  • A one-page statement of your career goals and how Xavier's Athletic Training Program fits with your goals.
  • Two letters from certified athletic trainers and/or University professors who are able to assess your potential for success in this program

Qualified students will complete an Interview with an Athletic Training Faculty member (in person or over the phone).

5-Year Option (Xavier BS + MS)

Prospective students in the XU-Exercise Science major, interested in pursuing the Masters of Science in Athletic Training degree program must meet the pre-requisites listed below.

Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of Xavier University's core and Exercise Science degree requirements
  • Completion of a minimum of 97 credits
  • Overall 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each pre-requisite course (C- is not acceptable)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all pre-requisite courses
    • Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140-143)
      • Students changing their major from Biology can petition to use BIOL 160-163
    • Exercise Physiology (EXSC 225)
    • Chemistry + Lab (CHEM 150 & 151)
    • Physics + Lab (PHYS 140 & 141)
    • Nutrition (EXSC 330)
    • Statistics (MATH 116 or 156)
    • English Composition (ENGL 101) or Rhetoric (ENGL 115)
  • Completion of 40 hours of  Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations.

Prospective students will be asked to submit the following along with an online application form by the Admission Deadline (February 15th for the following summer semester). Applications will be accepted after the deadline if room in the cohort permits.

  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university to the Office of the Graduate School, of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. Transcripts must demonstrate that the GPA, and pre-requisite course requirements have been met.
  • Documentation of 40 hours of Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations
  • A one-page statement of your career goals and how Xavier's Athletic Training Program fits with your goals.
  • Two letters from certified athletic trainers and/or University professors who are able to assess your potential for success in this program

Once all pre-requisites have been meet, qualified students will complete an Interview with an Athletic Training Faculty member (in person or over the phone).

Observation Hours

Professional Exploration / Observational Requirements

Purpose: Provide an opportunity for prospective students to gain realistic information about the profession of athletic training to aid the student in making an informed career choice.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Observe at least 2 Certified Athletic Trainers who work in different practice settings.
  • Observation experiences must total a minimum of 40 hours.

Examples of Practice Settings:

Certified Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings including: High Schools, College and Universities, Professional Sports, Sports Medicine Clinics or Rehabilitation Facilities, Industrial Settings, Performing Arts, and the Military.

Documentation:

Documentation of completed observation hours is required and must be in the form of a verification letter.

The verification letter must include:

  • The name and credentials of the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) you observed.
  • Contact information for the certified athletic trainer you observed. Please include an email address and phone number.
  • The specific clinical setting (e.g. Norwood High School, Beacon Orthopedics, Cincinnati Ballet, etc.).
  • The total number of hours observed.
  • The signature of the Certified Athletic Trainer with the date.
    • If multiple Athletic Trainers were observed at the same setting, please include the contact information for each Athletic Trainer, but only one signature is required.
    • You must complete a separate verification letter for each practice setting.
    • Please note that hours obtained under the supervision of a physical therapist do NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as with both ATC and PT.

Additional Information:

Professional attire: In most athletic training settings, khaki pants, polo shirts, and closed toed shoes are acceptable. Please ask the Athletic Trainer you plan to observe what would be appropriate in their specific setting.

For more information regarding observation hours for the application to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at Xavier University please contact Dr. Tina Davlin-Pater, Program Director, at (513) 745-3430.

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Curriculum

First Year

Summer Semester

Course Sem. Hrs.
ATTR 500 Care and Prevention 3
ATTR 501 Athletic Training Skills 3
ATTR 510 Anatomical Kinesiology 3

Fall Semester

Course Sem. Hrs.
ATTR 521: Lower Extremity Injuries 3
ATTR 531: Therapeutic Intervention I 3
ATTR 540: Evidence-Based Practice 3
ATTR 561: Clinical Experience I 2

Spring Semester

Course Sem. Hrs.
ATTR 522: Upper Extremity Injuries 3
ATTR 523: Head, Spine & Thorax Injuries 3
ATTR 532: Therapeutic Intervention II 3
ATTR 541: Research I 1
ATTR 550: Interprofessional Collaboration 1
ATTR 562: Clinical Experience II 2

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Sem. Hrs.
ATTR 600: Medical Issues in AT 3
ATTR 610: Administrative Concepts in AT 3
ATTR 633: Therapeutic Intervention III 3
ATTR 642: Research II 1
ATTR 663: Clinical Experience III 2

Spring Semester

Course Sem. Hrs.
ATTR 650: Contemporary Issues in AT 3
ATTR 664: Clinical Experience IV 6

Sample Courses

ATTR 500 - Care and Prevention: - In this class students will learn some of the most widely used techniques they will use when they start their clinical rotations in their first fall. They will learn how to screen for pre-existing injury/illness, determine environmental safety, and bodily response to injury.

ATTR 501 - Athletic Training Skills: - During the skills class students will practice skills they can immediately use when they start their clinical rotations. They will learn how to apply skills in taping, bracing, and functional aids to assist patients after injury.

ATTR 521 - Lower Extremity Injuries: - Students will learn how to prevent, assess, evaluate, and recognize common lower extremity injuries.

ATTR 531 - Therapeutic Interventions 1: - Learn how to provide comprehensive treatment for common injuries.

ATTR 562 - Clinical Experience 2: - Students will immerse themselves in their clinical rotations, working directly with patients in various settings under the supervision of a preceptor. They will also meet regularly with faculty to review and practice clinical skills they are using in their clinical rotations.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
College of Professional Sciences - MS in Athletic Training $650
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

Orientation starts on July 8th, 2018. Classes begin on July 9th, 2018.

100% All Athletic Training students work outside the classroom with certified Athletic Trainers.

100%

All Athletic Training students work outside the classroom with certified Athletic Trainers.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

clinical experience
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Get clinical experience in high schools, colleges, and professional sports, as well as more contemporary settings like ballet studios.

labs and facilities
LABS AND FACILITIES

Gain knowledge and skills in our athletic training lab, which provides tables for injury evaluation and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment.

personal attention
PERSONAL ATTENTION

At Xavier, our small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn.

Program Features

  • Spend 4 semesters gaining hands-on clinical experience.
  • Gain experience working with Xavier University Division I athletes.
  • Gain experience in a variety of settings: local high schools and rehabilitation clinics, professional sports teams, hospitals, and more.
  • Focus on professional development both in the classroom and with real-world experiences.
  • Personal guidance from instructors and preceptors.

Xavier by the numbers

21%

PROJECTED INDUSTRY GROWTH FOR ATHLETIC TRAINERS

UNDER 10

AVERAGE ATHLETIC TRAINING CLASS SIZE

18

DIVISION I SPORTS TEAMS AT XAVIER

ALL

STUDENTS WORK WITH CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINERS

AFTER GRADUATION

Xavier graduates are working as Certified Athletic Trainers for the following organizations and many more:

  • Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY)
  • Holy Name High School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Drayer Physical Therapy Institute (Cincinnati, OH)
  • San Diego State University
  • Turpin High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Affiliate)
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
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CAATE

The Athletic Training Program at Xavier University was granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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BOC Exam

Xavier graduates are well prepared for the BOC Exam. The Class of 2018 had a 100% pass rate!

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