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Complete a Master’s in Athletic Training at Bridgewater College

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Announcing…
Bridgewater College’s new graduate program!

 
  • 95% of our undergraduate athletic training students have passed their national certification exam on the first attempt (since 2010).
  • 82% have been employed or in graduate school within three months of graduation (since 2008).

Develop your skills in athletic training, and see what rigorous preparation can do for your career. Through the Bridgewater College MSAT program, you’ll delve deeply into the profession, gaining real-world experience on campus and at a variety of clinical sites. You’ll graduate from the program as a confident and proficient healthcare professional.

The first classes begin in summer 2017. After two years, you’ll have a Master of Science in Athletic Training. BC already has one of the best undergraduate athletic training programs in the country.

You’ll have close working relationships with your professors. Complete your clinicals in places such as area secondary schools, rehabilitation clinics and the state-of-the-art Sentara RMH Medical Center. You’ll experience the benefits of using the athletic training facilities in the recently renovated Nininger Hall and working with some of BC’s 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

Take it to the next level with Bridgewater College. Apply today by filling out our online application.

Note: While the undergraduate athletic training program is fully accredited by CAATE, the master of science in athletic training is currently pending approval by CAATE.

Curriculum

The Bridgewater College MSAT program focuses on preparing the athletic trainer of the future.

As a graduate, you will:

  • Benefit from the BC liberal arts tradition, with objectives including positive discourse, civic responsibility, impact of global healthcare, ethics and communications
  • Develop clinical decision-making skills based on review of research and various in-depth clinical placements
  • Understand the role of the athletic trainer in the healthcare team by focusing on inter-professional education
  • Achieve remarkable outcomes in credentialing examinations and job placement

MSAT YEAR ONE

SUMMER 1 (9 Credits)
AT-501: Anatomy for Healthcare Professionals I (3)
AT-502: Anatomy for Healthcare Professionals II (3)
AT-510: Athletic Training Foundations (1)
AT-511: Athletic Training Applications I (1)
AT-550: Clinical Experience I (1)

FALL (16 Credits)
ES-456: Management Concepts in Healthcare (3)
ES-467: Health & Exercise Psychology (3)
AT-520: Patient Examination & Care I (3.5)
AT-530: Therapeutic Interventions I (3.5)
AT-540: Professional Knowledge & Assessment I (1)
AT-551: Clinical Experience II (2)

SPRING (12 Credits)
AT-560: Athletic Training Seminar I (3)
AT-521: Patient Examination & Care II (3.5)
AT-531: Therapeutic Interventions II (3.5)
AT-541: Professional Knowledge & Assessment II (1)
AT-552: Clinical Experience III (1)

MSAT YEAR TWO

SUMMER II (8 Credits)
AT-601: Emergency Care (3)
AT-610: Athletic Training Applications II (1)
AT-620: General Medical Conditions (2)
AT-640: Professional Knowledge Assessment III (1)
AT-650: Clinical Experience IV (1)

FALL (9 Credits)
AT-630: Health Promotion (3)
AT-641: Professional Knowledge Assessment IV (1)
AT-651: Clinical Immersion I (5)

SPRING (9 Credits)
AT-642: Professional Knowledge Assessment V (1)
AT-652: Clinical Immersion II (5)
AT-660: Athletic Training Seminar II (3)

Apply today by filling out our online application.

MSAT Degree Completion Criteria

The MSAT program requires completion of 63 credit hours from the following classes for degree completion:

AT-501: Anatomy for Healthcare Professionals I (3)
AT-502: Anatomy for Healthcare Professionals II (3)
AT-510: Athletic Training Foundations (1)
AT-511: Athletic Training Applications I (1)
AT-520: Patient Examination & Care I (3.5)
AT-521: Patient Examination & Care II (3.5)
AT-530: Therapeutic Interventions I (3.5)
AT-531: Therapeutic Interventions II (3.5)
AT-540: Professional Knowledge Assessment I (1)
AT-541: Professional Knowledge Assessment II (1)
AT-550: Clinical Experience I (1)
AT-551: Clinical Experience II (2)
AT-552: Clinical Experience III (1)
AT-560: Athletic Training Seminar I (3)
AT-601: Emergency Care (3)
AT-610: Athletic Training Applications II (1)
AT-620: General Medical Conditions (2)
AT-630: Health Promotion (3)
AT-640: Professional Knowledge Assessment III (1)
AT-641: Professional Knowledge Assessment IV (1)
AT-642: Professional Knowledge Assessment V (1)
AT-650: Clinical Experience IV (1)
AT-651: Clinical Immersion I (5)
AT-652: Clinical Immersion II (5)
AT-660: Athletic Training Seminar II (3)
ES-456: Management Concepts in Healthcare (3)
ES-467: Health & Exercise Psychology (3)

Additionally, institutional requirements for degree completion must be completed as follows:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level. Individual graduate programs may require more credit hours for completion.  See specific details in each program section.
  • Complete all course requirements for the specific graduate program.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in courses required for the graduate program.
  • Complete a minimum of 90% of all credit hours from graduate courses in residence at Bridgewater College.  Some programs may require that all graduate courses are taken in residence at Bridgewater College.  See specific details in each program section.  Students may not transfer credits into the program in the final semester or term of the program.
  • Complete a capstone experience (or combination of experiences).  The nature of this experience will be left to the discretion of individual graduate program. Experiences may include some combination of (a) comprehensive written or oral examination, (b) thesis or research paper, (c) portfolio, (d) creative work, and/or (e) clinical immersion experience.
  • Filing of an application for graduation and the final plan of study with registrars’ office by the end of the first week of classes in the term/semester prior to which the degree will be granted.
  • Payment of all accounts owed the College. Transcripts of students owing money to the College will be held until the account is cleared.
  • All the above requirements must be met by the deadlines stated in the academic calendar. Some graduate programs may have additional requirements not listed above but explained in materials supplied by the program.

MSAT Specific Admissions Requirements

  • Successful academic performance resulting in a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • Minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite coursework
  • Complete 50 observation hours under the supervision of a certified/licensed athletic trainer
  • Complete the BC Health Questionnaire/Physical form
  • Complete all required immunizations
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification
  • Complete Technical Standards Form
  • Professional statement & goals essay
  • Applicant interview
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (1 AT, 1 Faculty, & 1 Other)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 Years (Not required of BS/MS accelerated students)
  • 8 credits in Anatomy/Physiology
  • 3 Credits in Communications
  • 4 credits in General or Inorganic Chemistry with Lab
  • 3 Credits in English Composition (not literature)
  • 3 Credits in Nutrition
  • 3 Credits in Kinesiology or Biomechanics
  • 3 credits in Exercise Physiology
  • 3 credits in Statistics or Research Methods
  • 4 credits Physics with Lab
  • 3 Credits in General Psychology

General Graduate Student Admission Information

MSAT Graduate Expenses

Fast Facts and Accreditation

Bridgewater College

  • Has been consistently named a “Best College in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review
  • Is home to nearly 1,900 full-time students from 29 states and 12 countries
  • Has 22 NCAA Division III sports teams participating in Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Nearly 30% of undergraduates are student-athletes.

Accreditation*

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)—level III accreditation
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)—undergraduate program, currently seeking graduate program accreditation
  • While the undergraduate athletic training program is fully accredited by CAATE, the master of science in athletic training is currently pending approval by both CAATE

*Bridgewater College has offered a very successful CAATE-accredited athletic training bachelor of science program since 2003. The College sought a level change with SACSCOC and was granted the ability to offer the MSAT beginning June 2017.  BC will submit substantive change documents to CAATE on or before December 1, 2016. Bridgewater College will stop admitting undergraduate athletic training students after the 2016-17 academic year, instead admitting students to either the highly anticipated 3+2 or post-baccalaureate master of science program. While past favorable experiences with CAATE is not an indication of future success, the College is confident its past successes in the bachelor of science program and its commitment to providing resources and expertise to students will result in an accomplished and fully accredited master of science in athletic training program.

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Charles W. Hale
Associate Professor, Health & Human Sciences; Director, Athletic Training Program
540-828-5763
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