Athletic Training (MS)

Graduate Program (MS)

Athletic Training is about more than a person's injury. It's about the person as a whole. Learn Athletic Training in our personalized program from Certified Athletic Trainers.

Admission

Our admissions committee begins reviewing applications in January. If you would like to be considered for priority review, we suggest you submit your complete application early in January. Students may apply after January and throughout the Spring, and we will review applications on a rolling basis as space permits in the cohort.

Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply; however, they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites prior to the start of the program. A student with deficiencies may be considered for conditional admission to the program, however, all requirements must be met prior to the start of the program.

Note: If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability, you may submit an application. If you have encountered challenges while attending school (personal, medical, financial, etc.) and would like to explain any inconsistencies in your academic performance, please do so. Applicants with a GPA below the minimum requirement may be required to earn a competitive score on the GRE for 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:
Pre-requisite Courses:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology + Lab (total of 8 credits)
    • Or Human Anatomy + Lab (total of 4 credits) + Human Physiology + Lab (total of 4 credits)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Chemistry + Lab
  • Physics + Lab
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • English Composition (Writing course)
  • Biology (if any of the other pre-requisite courses were taken in a biology department, they may fulfill this requirement).
  • Completion of 40 hours of Professional exploration: a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations.

*Please note that if all pre-requisite requirements are met, the GRE is not required for admission.

Prospective students will be asked to submit the following along with an online application form.

  • 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.
  • Answers to 5 short questions about your observation experiences, career goals, and personality.
  • Two letters from professional and/or academic references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program.
  • Technical Standards Verification.

** 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).

5 year option

Conditional Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Prospective students in the Xavier University 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 and Physiology (BIOL 140-143) *Students changing their major from Biology can petition to use BIOL 160-161
    • Exercise Physiology (EXSC 225)
    • Chemistry + Lab (CHEM 150 and 151 or CHEM 160 and 161)
    • Physics + Lab (PHYS 140 and 141 or PHYS 160 and 161)
    • Nutrition (EXSC 330)
    • Psychology (PSYC 101)
    • 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. 

*Please note that if all pre-requisite requirements are met, the GRE is not required for admission.

Prospective students will be asked to submit the following along with an online application form.

  • 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
  • Answers to 5 short questions about your observation experiences, career goals, and personality.
  • Two letters from professional and/or academic references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program
  • Technical Standards verification. 

** 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).

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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 $670
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 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

Orientation for the next incoming class starts on July 12th, 2020. Classes begin on July 13th, 2020.

For questions or additional program details, please contact Tina Davlin-Pater, ATC, EMT.

Brandon Henry

ATC for Red Sox Baseball
Class of 2004

"Xavier University laid the foundation for me as an Athletic Trainer, and to be honest I probably wouldn't be with the Red Sox today had I not attended XU. My first experience with MLB came because of Xavier's clinical rotation with the Cincinnati Reds."

Nicole Jones

ATC for Connor High School
Class of 2011

"The Xavier AT program contributed to my success as an Athletic Trainer. I was given the attention and the confidence necessary for me to excel not only as a student, but also as a professional post graduation. I especially liked the small class sizes, which allowed my professors to get to know me, that in turn, helped me both in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Davlin placed me in clinical sites that fit my needs and allowed me to learn at a comfortable pace as well as challenge me. If it wasn't for the Xavier AT program, I would not be where I am right now professionally."

Adam Reel

AT working with the Chinese national fencing team
Class of 2013

"As I reflect back on my experience in Xavier's AT program, I realize that many of the treatment techniques and theories that I currently utilize within my clinical practice were first introduced to me by the preceptors associated with Xavier. While my knowledge has continued to expand after Xavier, without this strong foundation, I would not be in the same position I am currently in."

Vince Del Valle

Athletic Trainer at Michigan State University
Class of 2014

"The athletic training program at Xavier prepared me extremely well for my next step as an athletic trainer working in the collegiate setting. The knowledge I learned in the classroom, combined with the practical hands on experience I got in my clinical rotations, set me up for success immediately after leaving the program."

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.

Practice Makes Perfect

Sport Studies Prepare X Students for Real World.

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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