2021-22 Graduate Catalog


Athletic Training

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will prepare graduates to be confident healthcare providers and life-long learners by providing quality didactic, clinical, and interprofessional experiences. Students will develop evidence-based knowledge and skills, while demonstrating professionalism, ethical conduct, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete both integrative and immersive experiences in intercollegiate sports, high schools, rehabilitation clinics, and practice advancement settings (performing arts, physician practice, industrial, public safety). An immersive clinical experience is a practice-intensive experience that allows the student to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers.

Texas Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Admission Requirements
In order to gain admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, applicants must meet these specific program requirements:

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university. Admission is made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the MSAT program admission is void. The GRE is not required. TCU students currently following the MSAT 3+2 option that wish to apply to the “professional” phase of the MSAT program must complete at least 112 hours of undergraduate courses and the requirements for the Movement Science degree in Kinesiology before beginning graduate level courses;

2. GPA of 3.0 or higher with a grade of C or better in all designated prerequisite courses (see below);

3. Completed program application including the following:

  • References: Applicants must submit two reference forms with letters from people who can address the applicant's academic abilities, interpersonal skills, and potential for graduate education and professional athletic training practice.
  • Transcripts: Copy of all academic transcripts. Students who have taken prerequisites at another institution may be asked to submit syllabi to determine if course met the prerequisite.
  • Resume: Applicants must submit a current resume or vitae with their application.
  • Essay: An essay, up to 500 words, demonstrating written communication skills. This essay should describe your career goals as an Athletic Trainer, how the program at TCU can help you achieve those goals, and what attracted you to the TCU Athletic Training Program.

4. Observation Experience: Verification of 100 hours of observation in an athletic training setting under the direct supervision of a BOC ATC (high school, college, clinic, etc.);

  • Student should submit letter from supervising athletic trainer(s) verifying observation hours in that setting
  • Letters should be submitted directly to the TCU Athletic Training Program Director

5. Interview: Applicants must complete an interview as part of the admission process. All application materials must be on file prior to scheduling an interview.

NOTE: There is a $60 application fee associated with the TCU graduate application.

Prerequisite Courses

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program, students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree will be required to have completed the following courses at TCU or their equivalents from another institution prior to matriculation. These courses are included in the TCU MSAT 3+2 option. All applicants must have earned a ‘C’ or better in these courses.

Biology I (BIOL 10003)*

Chemistry I (CHEM 10113)*

Chemistry II CHEM 10125)*

Physics I (PHYS 10154)*

Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 20204)*

Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 20214)*

Exercise Physiology (KINE 30634)

Biomechanics (KINE 30623)

Health and Wellness Concepts (HLTH 20313)

Foundations of Sport Injuries (KINE 20313)

Psychology (PSYC 10213)

Nutrition (NTDT 20403)

Medical Terminology (NTDT 30331)

Statistics (MATH 10043)

*Science prerequisites must include a lab component

Review of applications will begin February 1st and will continue until cohort is filled. Due to a summer start date, no applications will be accepted after May 15th of the application year. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of C or better in all designated prerequisite coursework, strength of references and letters of recommendation, essays, resume/curriculum vita, verification of observation hours, and strength of interview.

Please visit http://harriscollege.tcu.edu/athletic-training/ for program and application information or visit the Athletic Training Office in TCU’s Department of Kinesiology (Rickel 172).

Stephanie Jevas, PhD, LAT, ATC, FNAP

Athletic Training Program Director

Texas Christian University

Department of Kinesiology

TCU Box 297730

Fort Worth, TX  76129

Phone: 817.257.5733

Email: s.jevas@tcu.edu

Retention Policy

To remain in good academic standing in the MSAT Program, students must meet all of the following criteria: 
  1. Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA;
  2. Earn a grade of B or better in all coursework (students who do not earn a B in a course will be required to repeat the course);
  3. Be in good standing academically with the University and the TCU Graduate School; and
  4. Comply with all University and MSAT policies and procedures.

A student who achieves a GPA of less than 3.00 in any semester or term will be placed on ‘Academic Warning’. A student can be removed from that status by achieving a 3.00 cumulative average by the end of the next semester of enrollment. If the student should fail to do so, the student will be dismissed from the program.

An "I" (incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the student's control. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning an "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have written approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Until the "I" grade is removed, progression in the program will be at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Director.