How to Apply for Admission

We will begin accepting applications for the MSAT direct-entry program in the Fall of 2020 for enrollment in the cohort beginning in Summer 2021. Completed applications and requirements must be submitted through ATCAS. Priority review will be given to applications received by February 15, however, admissions will continue until all seats have been filled.

Requirements for application to the program include the following:

Prerequisite and Foundational Courses

The following prerequisite and foundational courses with grades  of a "C" or higher are required of all applicants: 

  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • physics,
  • psychology, and
  • anatomy and physiology.

Additionally, students must have foundational knowledge in the following:

  • statistics,
  • biomechanics,
  • exercise physiology, and
  • nutrition.

Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Current Emergency Cardiac Care Certification

Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification at the Professional Rescuer/Basic Life Support (BLS) Level is required and must include:

  • 1 and 2 person CPR (adult, child and infant),
  • Airway Obstruction, and
  • Barrier Devices and AED Training.

Documented Observations

Applicants with previous employment as a health care provider must have 20 hours of documented observations with an athletic trainer.

Applicants without previous employment as a healthcare provider must have 50 hours of documented observations with an athletic trainer.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and interest in athletic training. One letter should be from the Athletic Trainer whom the applicant observed. The other letter may be from a faculty member or supervisor in a healthcare related profession.

  • Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to Dr. Mary Barnum, Athletic Training Program Director. Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training. Springfield College, Springfield MA and uploaded with your ATCAS application.

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average

To receive consideration for admission, applicants must have a minimum overall cumulative average of a 3.0. Applicants may be accepted while still taking prerequisite courses, but enrollment, if accepted, is contingent upon successful completion of the remaining prerequisites. 

CLEP and Transfer Credit

CLEP examinations to fulfill prerequisites are accepted. Courses accepted for transfer credit can only be used to meet core course requirements. Transfer courses must be completed within five-years of application to the program, and have a grade of B or better. Additionally, such courses must carry graduate credit at an accredited institution with a notation to that effect on the official transcript. An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.

International Applicants

International Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations. More information on language proficiency requirements can be found on the Springfield College International Center Website.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Once accepted, all F-1 and J-1 students and scholars must complete the health history/immunization documentation form and enroll in the Springfield College Student Insurance Plan. All registered students will automatically be billed for the insurance plan. More information on health requirements and insurance can be found on the Springfield College International Center Website.

GRE’s are not required for acceptance into the program.

Once accepted into the Program, applicants must complete and submit the Springfield College Athletic Training Essentials Functions and Technical Standards Document. Compliance with the standards outlined in this document are required for retention in the program.

Contact Information

For more information about the athletic training major, contact Dr. Mary Barnum at (413) 748-3763 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.