A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO PURSUING AN MS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING

NEUMANN'S ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM:
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

The 43 credit Master’s in Athletic Training Program can be completed in 2.5 years. This program is aligned with the competencies and proficiencies established by National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA.org) and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE.net). The didactic portion of the program is taught by experienced faculty in hybrid format, utilizing online and face to face instruction in our new state of the art Health Science Center. The Neumann Athletic Training Program offers a low student to faculty ratio that provides individualized learning in both the classroom and clinical settings. There are 4 clinical (practicum) experiences that enhance classroom content providing opportunity for applied learning under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Students will also participate in at least one “immersive clinical experience” during the last year in the Program. Neumann’s location in the greater Philadelphia region complements our offering of a wide variety of unique clinical opportunities This allows students exposure to both traditional (to include professional sports), as well as non-traditional clinical athletic training experiences. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in sports medicine research under the guidance of our faculty.

Neumann University’s Franciscan values and traditions are embedded into all aspects of our Entry- Level Program. The holistic approach to exposing students to not only academic excellence but social responsibility, personal accountability, and service to the community.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences will provide advanced sequential knowledge and skill acquisition that, at its completion, will prepare students to take the BOC examination. Lastly, students are exposed and encouraged to participate alongside faculty in a variety of professional development opportunities.

Coursework Highlights:

  • Advanced Functional Anatomy
  • Orthopeadic Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Pharmacology
  • Sports Medicine Research

Clinical Experience Examples

Clinics/Physician

  • ATI-PT- Newark
  • Drexel Medicine
  • Kinetic PT
  • Optimum PT
  • Rothman Institute

Professional Sports

  • Aston Rebels
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia Soul
  • Wilmington Blue Rocks

High Schools

  • Archmere Academy
  • Interboro HS
  • Strath Haven HS
  • Sun Valley HS
  • Westtown School

College/University

  • Drexel University
  • LaSalle University
  • Neumann University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Villanova University

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ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM FEATURES

Program Features

  • CAATE Accredited Entry Level Master’s Program
  • Hybrid Course Format
  • All course instruction will take place in brand new Health Science Center
  • Diverse clinical experience opportunity
  • Low student to faculty ratio
  • Elective involvement in sports medicine research

The course of study prepares students with a strong foundation in both didactic and clinical practice that is also aligned with the competencies and proficiencies established by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE,) which are essential to professional practice as a certified athletic trainer. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.

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WHAT IS ATHLETIC TRAINING?

Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals that work in collaboration with physicians. The practice of athletic training encompasses preventing, examining, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions in the physically active population.

Athletic trainers work with a range of patients and can assume a variety of positions in traditional and emerging clinical settings. Employment settings include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training according to their education and state practice act.

The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from a CAATE accredited program. A Master’s of Science in Athletic Training is a professional degree that provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to become certified athletic trainers.

Through classroom instruction and clinical training, students at Neumann University gain the expertise necessary to compete in this field. The future of athletic training is certainly one without boundaries, and Neumann University is in the position to educate students to succeed in this evolving profession.

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Not Your Typical Office Environment: Where Do Athletic Trainers Work?

Certified athletic trainers work everywhere from hospital emergency departments and sports medicine clinics to secondary schools, industrial settings, and professional sports teams.

You may be surprised to hear that athletic trainers have also been becoming increasingly valuable in the U.S. military, where they play a valuable role in ensuring the health and safety of active duty soldiers. Public safety is another setting where athletic training professionals can be of use. Here, they work with firefighters and police officers in preventing injuries in these often strenuous professions.

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ADMISSIONS & EXPLORING
NEUMANN UNIVERSITY

Students interested in applying to the MS in Athletic Training must complete specific courses. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.

Application to the MS in Athletic Training includes the following:

  • Completed pre-requisite form
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • 100 officially documented athletic training hours
  • Verification of First Aid/CPR certification
  • Verification of NATA membership

***If you have questions about the application or pre-requisite requirements, please contact Mr. Hubert Lee at leeh@neumann.edu.

All official transcripts and documentation should be sent directly to neumann@neumann.edu or mailed to Neumann University Admissions, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. Additional materials may be electronically sent to neumann@neumann.edu or may be uploaded to the student’s application portal.

At Neumann University, we understand that interpersonal skills, networking, and strong communication abilities are of particular value in this people-centered field. As such, we do everything we can to ensure that you have access to resources that will help you to succeed. For instance, Neumann’s Career and Personal Development Office includes our Career Portal, Networking Resources, and Interview Prep, each of which is a valuable resource for your future career.

Come join us to see if Neumann University can help you further your professional goals!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I don’t have all of the prerequisites?

What if I don’t have all of the prerequisites?

There are specific prerequisites that are required for admission into the program. If you have any questions, please contact the program director.

Where do Athletic Trainers work?

Where do Athletic Trainers work?

  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities Professional Sports
  • Sports Medicine Clinics Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • The Military
  • Industrial and Commercial Settings Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers

What are the grade requirements for entrance into the program?

What are the grade requirements for entrance into the program?

Applications for the MS in Athletic Training Program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses. It should be noted that selection into the program is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

What does the hybrid course format consist of?

What does the hybrid course format consist of?

The courses in the Athletic Training Program are taught with both an online and classroom component. This means that some of the course content will be covered via online instruction, with on-campus meetings typically occurring once a week.

How many semesters is the program?

How many semesters is the program?

The program is completed in 5 semesters (beginning with a summer session in the first year) over two years. For a review of the suggested two-year curriculum, see the course catalog.

What does the clinical experience consist of?

What does the clinical experience consist of?

To complete the Athletic Training Program at Neumann University, students must complete four semesters of clinical education with a minimum of 1,000 contact hours. There are various settings for clinical placement that includes secondary schools, colleges universities, professional sports, and clinics. It should be noted that students are responsible for any costs associated with the clinical sites and may include, but not limited to, gas, tolls, parking, and/or public transportation. To view a list of our clinical sites click HERE.

Is there housing available for graduate students?

Is there housing available for graduate students?

Specific questions regarding housing can be answered by the Resident Life staff. Contact information along with other FAQs related to housing and residence life at Neumann is available HERE.

Can I transfer into the program from another school?

Can I transfer into the program from another school?

For information regarding transferring into the program, please contact the program director. The courses taken will have to be reviewed to determine eligibility for transfer to the program.

Is there financial aid available?

Is there financial aid available?

For information regarding assistance with tuition, please click HERE.

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