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»Master of Science in Athletic Training

The master of science in athletic training prepares students for a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The master of science in athletic training (MS.AT) will begin in summer 2015 and will be a full-time, cohort-model program. 

As a cohort-model program, admission into the MS.AT program is highly competitive and limited.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic, hands-on clinical laboratories, and clinical fieldwork providing carefully guided clinical experiences every semester. Clinical fieldwork placements include a variety of colleges, universities, high schools and physician offices.

+-Program at a Glance

Atletic training student works with the football team

  • 15- to 20-student cohort model with entry each summer (starting 2015)
  • A 60-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms) with up to 14 units of coursework per semester
  • Classes offered on Mondays and Tuesdays only, with authentic clinical fieldwork placements during the rest of the week
  • Required 1200 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork placements
  • Program focus on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), advanced clinical skills, and healthcare informatics and technology
  • Highly recommended to submit completed admission application by December 15


knee evaluation by an athletic trainerThe MS.AT program has two routes for admission, with each route requiring the prospective student to complete the required course prerequisites. These routes include:

  1. A student who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and the essential prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants will apply through the CAATE’s Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).


  2. The 3+2 accelerated program in coordination with the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and prerequisites at Chapman University. Advising for this route of admission is critical and applicants will apply directly through ATCAS with MS in Athletic Training faculty support during the fall semester of their junior year.

It is highly recommended to submit completed admission application by December 15.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application to MS in Athletic Training program through the Chapman University Office of Graduate Admission (available in Fall 2014)
  2. Cover letter and resume
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in last 60 undergraduate credits
  5. Prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or higher with no course grade below a "C" and all prerequisites taken in the previous seven years
  6. Official GRE Scores
  7. Hours verification form (200 hours volunteering under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer)
  8. 3 Letters of Recommendation which describe academic and clinical abilities (1 must be from a certified athletic trainer)
  9. (International Students Only) - applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).

Prerequisite Courses:

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Prerequisite course syllabi are required at the time of application.

  1. Human Anatomy + Lab
  2. Human Physiology + Lab
  3. Human Nutrition
  4. Personal Health
  5. Kinesiology or Biomechanics
  6. Exercise Physiology + Lab
  7. General Psychology

Recommended Courses:

  1. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  2. General Physics
  3. General Chemistry + Lab

Additional information

  1. If a combined Anatomy/Physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required.
  2. Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once; the second grade will then be used to calculate GPA.
  3. Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a "C" if letter grading options are not available.
  4. Courses which have received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the GPA calculation.
  5. Students who are offered admission are required to financially commit and enrollment deposit with the Office of Graduate Admission. Generally, the deposit must be received within two weeks of notification of admission.
  6. Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements before beginning MS.AT coursework.
  7. Accepted students are required to meet technical standards and specific health requirements (e.g., vaccinations).
  8. Persons who have been dismissed from another athletic training program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.
  9. Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year. Admission requirements are subject to change, and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.
  10. Persons who cannot pass an FBI/Department of Justice Background Check are not eligible for clinical education rotations and are not admissible to the program.
  11. Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws. Some information requested in the application is requested for federal or accreditation reporting and will not be used in a discriminatory manner.

Post -Admission Documentation

After admission into the MS in Athletic Training program, the following documentation must be submitted to the AT program director prior to the beginning of any coursework:

  1. CPR Certification. Emergency Cardiac Care or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (note: online CPR courses and Lay Responder Certification are not accepted)
  2. NATA Student Membership
  3. Immunizations record (e.g., hepatitis B, TB-test within the past 2 months, etc.)
  4. Federal background check (can be completed upon arrival on campus)


The Athletic Training program description, curriculum, and plan of study are available by clicking this file link:

Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Description (PDF)

+-Contact Us

Athletic Training Education Program
Chapman University, College of Educational Studies
One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
Athletic Training Education Program faculty offices are located on the second floor of Reeves Hall.

Dr. Jason Bennett

Jason Bennett, DA, ATC
Program Director, Associate Professor
Phone: 714-997-6567

Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett
Department Assistant
Phone: 714-997-6639

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