Athletic Training (MS)

Program Features

Xavier's Athletic Training program focuses on real-world learning to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers.

Students spend 4 semesters gaining hands on clinical experience working with certified athletic trainers in a variety of settings including Xavier University Division I athletics, local high schools, rehabilitation clinics, professional sport teams, hospitals, and more.

Admission

Our admissions committee begins reviewing applications in November. If you would like to be considered for priority review, we suggest you submit your complete application early in November. Students may apply after November, 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(s)  (totaling of 8 credit hours)
    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 142)
    • 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

Summer

  • ATTR 500: Care and Prevention............ 3cr.
  • ATTR 501: Athletic Training Skills............ 3cr.
  • ATTR 510: Anatomical Kinesiology............ 3cr.

Fall

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

Spring

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

Fall

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

Spring

  • ATTR 650: Contemporary Issues in AT............ 3cr.
  • ATTR 664: Clinical Experience IV............ 6cr.

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. Topics include prevention of injuries, mechanisms of injury, environmental conditions, and more.

ATTR 501 - Athletic Training Skills: Students in this course will gain foundational clinical athletic training skills. Students will learn how to handle acute injuries, and gain skills in taping, bracing, and applying immobilization devices.

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 and Fees

Outcome

Graduates of Xavier University's athletic training education program are eligible to sit for the BOC exam. Employment settings include universities, high schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industrial, and collegiate and professional sports.

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

  • FC Cincinnati
  • Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Michigan State University
  • Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Bradford High School (Starke, FL)
  • Cairn University (Langhorne, PA)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
  • Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton
  • Wyoming High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Muir Orthopaedic Speacialists (Walnut Creek, CA)

More outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Clinical Experience

Students will spend four semesters gaining hands-on experience. Students will get the opportunity to learn from certified athletic trainers and other health care professionals in a variety of settings.


Labs and Facilities

The athletic training classroom, located in the newly constructed Health United Building (HUB), is utilized for teaching and hands-on experiences. The classroom is equipped with anatomical models, taping tables, treatment tables, and a variety of modalities for instructional purposes.


HUB Details

BOC Success

Xavier graduates are well prepared for the BOC exam. The Class of 2020 had a 100% pass rate.


Athletic Training (MS) Program at Xavier University

The Xavier University Athletic Training Program (XU-ATP) functions to prepare students, in the Jesuit tradition, to serve others through competent and compassionate healthcare. The XU-ATP provides a positive learning environment that fosters ethical decision-making, and collaboration with emphasis on instilling the values of continuous improvement and life-long learning. The XU-ATP merges rigorous course work with a variety of applied clinical experiences to build a strong foundation for a career in the field of athletic training.

The Xavier University Athletic Training Program fulfills the curricular guidelines established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). Completing a degree in our Master of Science in Athletic Training program fulfills the eligibility requirements of the BOC certification exam. Graduates of Xavier University's Athletic Training Program receive a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Athletic Training and are eligible to sit for the BOC exam.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."