Prospective candidates must submit an application by March 1 of each year to be considered for enrollment. Admission into Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Science in Athletic Training is competitive and requires a selective process for program acceptance.
Undergraduate students may declare the Pre-Athletic Training and Allied Health major upon admission, but each student must formally apply and be admitted to the MSAT program before entering into the clinical phase of the cohort curriculum. Candidates must meet all criteria for acceptance in the program. Undergrad students who successfully meet all admissions standards are guaranteed to be accepted and fast-tracked in the MSAT curriculum as they enter their senior year.
All applicants will be ranked in accordance with their performance in the following categories:
- Overall GPA (current official transcript)
- GPA in prerequisite coursework (transcripts and syllabi)
- Three references (ATCAS or independent review)
- A formal interview with the MSAT Selection Committee.
Candidates will be evaluated on intellectual, social and technical skills relative to the athletic training profession. All components of the application process are individually weighted and scored. Individual scores are incorporated into a cumulative score that determines the candidate's rank. Final admission into the program rests with the decision of the MSAT Selection Committee. All student candidates will receive the admission decision in writing by April 1.
The 3+2 track allows the MSAT program to share 15 credits of instruction with the traditional undergraduate enrollment. The program requirements for the 3+2 track are listed below:
- The student must be declared an athletic training major
- The student must complete all prerequisite coursework with a B or better
- The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 for the duration of their undergraduate enrollment
- The student must complete and document 25 hours of observation in an assigned clinical environment
- The student must meet complete all prerequisites in the planned 3 year period of undergraduate coursework
Upon completion of the MSAT program Concordia University Irvine will confer the Bachelor of Science in Pre-Athletic Training and Allied Health and the Master of Science in Athletic Training. All students who complete the MSAT curriculum will be endorsed to take the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
All applicants must complete or be currently enrolled in the following prerequisite coursework as listed below.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 hours with lab)
- CPR/First Aid (1 unit)
- Medical Terminology (3 units)
- Nutritional Sciences (3 units)
- Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3 units)
- Exercise Physiology (3 units)
- Biomechanics (4 units) or Structural Kinesiology (4 units)
- Introduction to Psychology (3 units)