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Mary Barnum, EdD
Director of Athletic Training Program
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
(413) 748-3763
mbarnum@springfield.edu

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Springfield College offers a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training for persons who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to provide quality health care to those engaged in physically active lifestyles. Graduates of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC®) National Athletic Training Certification Examination.  After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Most states also require licensure in order to practice.

Throughout this challenging, yet rewarding 24 month program, students are engaged in a mix of classroom, laboratory, online/hybrid, group project, and clinically based educational experiences. Students become practiced in athletic training theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, patient care, communication, administration and teamwork. Fully encompassing the College’s Humanics philosophy, the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training emphasizes that health and learning are best gained through an approach that unifies Spirit, Mind, and Body. The typical Springfield College-educated athletic trainer is prepared to utilize a holistic approach in providing healthcare, leadership and service. 

Program Focus: Preventative medicine and manual therapies are the foundation on which our program is built. Concepts associated with minimizing risk of injury/re-injury and illness, improving functional outcomes and enhancing/supporting safe participation and return to activity, in sport and work are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Two options for enrollment: Option 1: Accelerated 3 + 2 (Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Pre-professional athletic training continuing on to the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training) or Option 2:  Direct Entry (Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training).  Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university by the time they enroll in the program may apply to the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training program as graduate students. The Direct Entry option is a 24 month program.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

The Professional Athletic Training Degree program at Springfield College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and meets the 2020 Curricular Content Standards. We will begin accepting applications for this 24-month program beginning in the fall of 2020, with classes starting in June, 2021. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and pursue a career as an Athletic Trainer (ATC). 

 

Admissions Requirements
    Athletic Training Application Requirements
  • 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.

    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Documented Observations are NOT required for the 2020-2021 application cycle

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  • 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 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.

  • Additional Information

    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.

Apply through ATCAS.

Applications for the Master's in Athletic Training must be submitted through ATCAS.

In order to be considered, applications must be complete in ATCAS. Materials required are: Personal Statement, Resume, Official Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: 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.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

Program Information

Springfield College offers a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training for persons who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to provide quality health care to those engaged in physically active lifestyles. This 24-month professional degree program in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC®) National Athletic Training Certification Examination.  After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Most states also require licensure in order to practice.

Throughout this challenging, yet rewarding 24 month program, students are engaged in a mix of classroom, laboratory, online/hybrid, group project, and clinically based educational experiences. Students become practiced in athletic training theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, patient care, communication, administration and teamwork. Fully encompassing the College’s Humanics philosophy, the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training emphasizes that health and learning are best gained through an approach that unifies Spirit, Mind, and Body. The typical Springfield College-educated athletic trainer is prepared to utilize a holistic approach in providing healthcare, leadership and service. 

Program Focus: Preventative medicine and manual therapies are the foundation on which our program is built. Concepts associated with minimizing risk of injury/re-injury and illness, improving functional outcomes and enhancing/supporting safe participation and return to activity, in sport and work are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Degree Information

Degree: Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Athletic Training

(61-77 credit hours) Requirements Subject to Change

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.

I. Core requirements (18 credits)

II. Research requirements (4 credits)

III. Program requirements (55 credits)

Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Students admitted to the program are required to meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation. Program essential functions include participation in classroom, laboratory, and clinical tasks, as well as performance of professional roles such as examination, treatment, and education of individuals in a timely and safe manner. Technical standards define the individual physical, sensory, cognitive, behavioral, and social attributes or outcomes necessary to complete the program essential functions. Minimum essential functions and technical standards necessary for completion of the program must be met for continuation in and graduation from the program. Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards are available on the Athletic Training program web site and in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. Upon acceptance into the program, students are provided with a copy of these Standards for review. Standards must be reviewed, signed and returned.

Matriculation and Retention Standards

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average GPA of 3.0 (B). Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in any three courses will be removed from the Athletic Training program. Failure to meet and maintain Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards with or without accommodation may also result in dismissal from the program. Please refer to the Athletic Training Student Handbook to view the full academic policy pertaining to matriculation and retention standards for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

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Apply Online

Master of Science in Athletic Training candidates must submit applications via ATCAS here. The priority application deadline is February 15.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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