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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Division of Professional Studies

 

  • 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.

Become part of the tradition. After two years, you’ll have a Master of Science in Athletic Training. BC has one of the best 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 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

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

Once you create an account, the information for the MSAT application will be available.  

The MSAT Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the first school in Virginia to successfully secure CAATE accreditation at the master’s level via the substantive change process.

MSAT Information Session – April 2

MSAT Information Session

Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 P.M.

All are welcome to join Dr. Chase Hale, Director of Athletic Training Program, for an interactive Zoom session about the College’s Master of Science in Athletic Training.

Registration online

 

3+2 Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in 5 Years

Bridgewater College (BC) is committed to providing opportunities for students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Students wishing to complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program and their undergraduate degree in five years must enroll at BC as an undergraduate student and major in health and exercise science. It is important that you contact Dr. Chase Hale in the fall semester of your first year to review your academic plan.

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)
AT-456/ES-456: Management Concepts in Healthcare (3)
AT-467/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)
AT-456/ES-456: Management Concepts in Healthcare (3)
AT-467/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 the 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in the appropriate courses to meet the degree requirements.

MSAT Specific Admission Requirements

The Bridgewater College MSAT program operates on a rolling admissions process.  Applications open August 15 each year and are reviewed until the cohort is filled.  It is best to submit your application early to ensure the best opportunity to be admitted.  Applications close no later than May 15 during each cycle.

  • 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 Record Forms
  • Complete all required immunizations
  • Complete the Technical Standards for Admission Certification form
  • Professional statement & goals essay
  • Applicant interview
  • 3 letters of recommendation (1 certified athletic trainer, 1 college/university faculty member, and 1 other individual)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework
  • 8 Credits in Anatomy/Physiology with Lab
  • 4 Credits in General or Inorganic Chemistry with Lab
  • 3 Credits in English Composition (not literature)
  • 3 Credits in Nutrition
  • 3 Credits in Exercise Physiology
  • 3 Credits in Statistics or Research Methods
  • 4 Credits in Physics with Lab
  • 3 Credits in General Psychology

General Graduate Student Admission Information

MSAT Student Handbook

MSAT Graduate Expenses

Fast Facts and Accreditation

Bridgewater College

  • Has been consistently named a “Best College in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review
  • Has 23 NCAA Division III sports teams participating in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Nearly 30% of undergraduates are student-athletes.

Accreditation

  • Bridgewater College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s level. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bridgewater College.
  • Bridgewater College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. Our next comprehensive review will be during 2028-2029.

Outcomes Data

 

Questions? Contact Us!

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