A group of SRU athletic trainers posing in front of the waterfall on campus

Become an Athletic Trainer

Collaborate with other medical professionals to optimize the physical activity and wellness of athletes, patients, and clients in sport, work, and life.

Athletic Training (Master of Science)

Offered by: Athletic Training

Slippery Rock University's Master of Science in Athletic Training (AT) program prepares graduate students to deliver patient-centered healthcare utilizing clinical decision-making and problem solving processes necessary for quality health care delivery.  Graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully work and collaborate with other medical professionals to optimize the activity and wellness of patients and clients in sport, work, and life.

SRU's AT Graduate Program is unique because it has an established history and tradition of excellence in athletic training education with the undergraduate program that was founded in 1974.

  • For the last decade, the SRU BOC Pass Rate (first time) has averaged 9.94% above the national rate
  • Forty-three scholarships awarded to students by the National Athletic Trainers' Association since 1991

Why complete a master’s degree in Athletic Training at SRU?

We prepare athletic trainers with the professional skills employers want. The AT Graduate Program at Slippery Rock University is a combination of rigorous academic instruction and authentic clinical experience. Students are fully engaged in the science of athletic training focused on patient-centered injury and illness prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Specifically, the SRU AT Graduate Program emphasizes a distinct concentration on advanced therapeutic rehabilitation interventions.

We prepare athletic trainers with the professional qualities employers want. The AT Graduate Program is guided by the athletic training professional standards and core program values of professionalism, respect, compassion, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice and student-centered learning. Students develop communication, organization, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making skills necessary for proficient practice with a diverse population.

We prepare athletic trainers to pass the BOC examination. Students successfully completing the AT Graduate Program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Graduates who pass the BOC examination are qualified to deliver quality healthcare in various employment settings, such as high schools, colleges, professional sports, industrial, military and performing arts. Graduates are also prepared to contribute to the global medical community by reducing healthcare costs, improving healthcare accessibility, preventing and managing diseases, and promoting wellness.

What will you learn?

The SRU AT Graduate Program is structured to provide students with real-world learning experiences and clinical reasoning. For example, the knowledge and skills related to evaluation and rehabilitation were traditionally taught in separate courses. However, at SRU, essential professional knowledge and skills are integrated together into combined courses.

  • The coursework emphasizes content in advanced therapeutic rehabilitation interventions. 
  • The graduate program is committed to providing diverse, authentic, and immersive clinical experiences.
  • Essential opportunities are provided for intentional collaboration of learning and clinical practice with students in other healthcare programs at SRU.

REQUIREMENTS

Beginning July 1, 2019, all applicants should complete an Online Application. Applications will be accepted until all cohort seats are full.

For summer 2020, SRU's Athletic Training graduate program is offering a $300 textbook scholarship for the first 10 students enrolled in the program in July 2020.

Early admission decisions will occur for all applications received by January 15.  All applications completed by November 15 will receive priority consideration for admission to the program.  Applications will be accepted until the cohort seats are full.

Admissions requirements include the following:

  1. Official Transcripts (Undergraduate/Graduate) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. (Students with a GPA below 3.0 may apply for conditional admission).

  2. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree (4+2) or completion of the first three years of the University's 3+2 Pre-Athletic Training Concentration AND the following prerequisites (taken within the past 5 years) earning "C" or better:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (3-4 credits)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (3-4 credits)
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3-4 credits)
    • Physics I with lab (3-4 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3-4 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits)
    • Psychology (3 credits; introductory, developmental or abnormal)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • Medical Terminology (at least 1 credit)
    • Chemistry (3 credits)
  3. Two Electronic Reference Forms:
  4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  5. Evidence of 50 hours of clinical observation/shadowing (AT Clinical Observation Form) with an athletic trainer.

Please note:

  • Individuals holding the BOC credential or those eligible to take the BOC certification examination are not candidates for the SRU AT Graduate Program.
  • Students will need to possess select pre-requisite knowledge, emergency care certification, and health and criminal clearances before beginning the program. 

For more information on the Athletic Training graduate program, please visit SRU Athletic Training's About the Graduate Program page.

Careers in Athletic Training

Athletic training graduates can work in more than just sports. Graduates also find careers as athletic trainers in schools, businesses, medical facilities, and the performing arts. This industry typically pays well, especially for those with graduate degrees. The state of Pennsylvania features one of the highest employment rates for athletic trainers in the country.

Graduates have gone on to work with organizations such as Boeing and the Atlanta Falcons. There are also many high-level internships both locally and across the country.

ACCREDITATION

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2021-2022 academic year.

professional certification and licensure

All students successfully completing the AT program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC), Inc. examination.  Additionally, athletic trainers must hold licensure credentials in the state they practice.  As regulations vary by state, please check the proper state regulatory credentials.

Dr. Bonnie Siple, with students Trevor Lotz and Brianna Spencer, talk about transitioning the Athletic Training Education Program from undergraduate to graduate level education. The first Masters Degree cohort class will begin in the summer of 2018. In the AT program at SRU, students learn with hands on experience in a variety of labs, internships, and events at the university.