Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training


Any questions, concerns, or interests should feel free to contact Dr. Scott E. Ross at seross@uncg.edu

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) degree that is designed to prepare persons to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) Examination and earn the credentials as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Application Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements set forth by The Graduate School, applicants to the M.S.A.T. degree program must also complete and submit secondary application forms to the AT Director and the Department of Kinesiology.  The following requirements are mandatory for admission eligibility and consideration and must be verifiable during the application process:

  1. Completion of a Baccalaureate degree program from a nationally recognized accredited University.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous college and university coursework.
  3. Satisfactory score (at or above the 50th percentile for quantitative and qualitative sections) on Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years.
  4. Satisfactory completion (C or better) of the following pre-requisite coursework (course syllabi must be submitted to the Program Director with the application):
    • Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
      1. Minimum content requirements: Human anatomy with study of skeletons, models, and anatomical preparations.
    • Human Physiology (lecture and lab )
      1. Minimum content requirement: Human physiology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms
    • Exercise Physiology
      1. Minimum content requirement: Understanding of factors affecting the physiological function of the body related to exercise and physical performance. Laboratory provides experiences in evaluating these physiological factors.
    • Biomechanics/Kinesiology
      1. Minimum content requirement: Anatomical and mechanical bases of physical activity with emphasis on the analysis of sport and exercise skills.
    • Nutrition
      1. Minimum content requirement: Basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the nutrients and factors which affect their utilization in the human body.
    • Personal Health
      1. Minimum content requirement: Study of determinants of healthful and safe living for various age groups. *Please note that activity-based courses (e.g., walking, jogging) will not fulfill this requirement.
  5. A minimum of 200 hours of clinical observation/experience under a Certified Athletic Trainer within 2 years prior to program application. Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official AT Program application.
    • Please note that hours obtained under the supervision of a Physical Therapist do NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as an ATC/PT.
    • International students who do not have access to a certified AT in their home country are encouraged to move to the United States and complete their hours prior to applying to the program.
  6. Completion of the official AT Program Application.

Application Process

Students apply for summer admission with classes beginning in late May. The application deadline is January 15 of each calendar year. Applications may be accepted after the January 15th deadline; however, candidates are at a competitive disadvantage after this time. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Missing information will cause a delay in processing the application and will affect the applicant’s status. The application process is a four fold process with information being sent to The Graduate School, the Department of Kinesiology, and AT Program Director. Please download the official AT application packet above for a detailed checklist of application items. In addition, qualified candidates are required to participate in an on-campus interview at their own expense. Only qualified candidates will be invited to interview after the January 15th deadline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to follow the application instructions specified in the Athletic Training Program Application packet to ensure that materials are sent to the appropriate location.

Admission Criteria

Application to the AT program is highly competitive.  The AT Student Admission Committee (comprised of at least three full-time or adjunct athletic training faculty members) reviews the credentials of each applicant.  Final selection is based on many factors, including satisfactory evidence of completed pre-requisites, previous academic performance, prior clinical and allied health experiences, goals statement, the quality of recommendations, on-site interview, and the number of students already enrolled in the athletic training program.  No single admission criterion has a decisive influence on the applicant’s acceptability, and exceptions to the requirements can be made on recommendation of the committee and approval of The Graduate School.  Admission to the AT program is NOT guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of all program pre-requisite requirements.   The number of students admitted into the program varies from year-to-year, with the number of students selected ranging from 8-10 annually.

Notification of Admission

Students are notified, in writing, of the outcome of their application in the mid to late spring for matriculation in the upcoming summer semester. If the application is accepted, the student must respond in writing to the AT Program Director confirming acceptance of the admission offer within 2 weeks, and show evidence of completion of all post-admission requirements (see following section) prior to enrollment.  If the application is rejected, the student has the opportunity to re-apply the following year. Admission decisions may be appealed to the AT Program Director within two weeks after official notification (see Appeals Process for Denied Admission in the AT Student Handbook).

**PLEASE NOTE: The AT Student Admission Committee makes recommendations to The Graduate School regarding admission status. The Graduate School reserves the right to reject the committee’s recommendation and/or require additional information from the student.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following documentation / certifications must be current and on file with the AT Program Director prior to beginning clinical rotations in the fall semester:

  1. Evidence of current liability insurance coverage through the University’s Student Insurance Policy for Allied Health and Medical Field Work or equivalent personal policy. (Incoming students can purchase this policy through the University during AT Program orientation in August).
  2. Front and back copies of current First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR Certifications (including Adult, Child, Infant CPR, Two-person CPR, bag-valve mask, and AED).
  3. Completed Health Evaluation Form by an appropriate health care provider within one year prior to admission, including a statement that affirms the student has the physical and mental abilities to meet the AT Program’s Technical Standards for Admission. The section for Students Admitted to a Health Sciences Program must be completed on page 216 of the Student Medical/Immunization Form. PDF Document
  4. Signed declaration of understanding and ability to meet the AT Program’s Technical Standards for Admission (form available at /kin/atep/techstands.pdf PDF Document)
  5. Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all Program Policies and Procedures as delineated in the AT Program Student Handbook.
  6. Signed Professional Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement located in the AT Program Student Handbook.
  7. In addition to the immunizations required by UNCG, students must also show evidence of receiving the Varicella Titer, completed HBV vaccination series and current TB Skin Test (within past year) prior to admission to clinical education courses. Students who have not completed at least the first 2 shots of the HBV series will NOT be permitted to engage in clinical rotations. Students may utilize the UNCG Student Health Services to fulfill these requirements. 

Students are responsible for all costs associated with their own health care and when obtaining immunizations and health certifications. Students are encouraged to have health insurance, and to be familiar with its provisions.

Please review the AT Program Student Handbook for other pertinent policies and procedures.