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» Master of Science in Athletic Training

The master of science in athletic training is an accredited professional graduate program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program prepares students for a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a healthcare profession. The master of science in athletic training (MS.AT) is a full-time, cohort-model program.

As a cohort-model program, admission into the MS.AT program is highly competitive and limited.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic, hands-on clinical laboratories, and clinical fieldwork providing carefully guided clinical experiences every semester. Clinical fieldwork placements include a variety of colleges, universities, high schools and physician offices.

+ - Apply Now

Apply to the program using the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service. Apply Here. There is a priority review deadline for those applicants who have their application submitted, and official transcripts received by ATCAS, by December 1st.

+ - Accreditation & Outcomes

CAATE SealThe MS in Athletic Training program is an accredited graduate professional program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Successful graduates of the Athletic Training program are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the Board of Certification, Inc. The next review of the AT program will occur in the 2018-19 academic year. 

The AT program has a 98% pass rate on the national BOC certification examination for candidates on their first attempt over the last 3-years, more than 16 percentage points above the national average (82%).  In the most recent data available on the certification exam, Chapman graduates averaged nearly 30 points higher than the national average and scored higher than the national average in all 5 domains of Athletic Training.

3-year BOC pass rate

+ - Program at a Glance

  • 15- to 20-student cohort model with entry each summer
  • A 60-unit year-round program designed to be completed in two years beginning at the end of May each year
  • Classes offered on days and times that allow authentic clinical fieldwork placements to maximize application of hands-on clinical skills to patients in a variety of clinical settings
  • Required 1200 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork placements
  • Program focus on Evidence-based Practice (EBP), clinical examination and diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, professional development, and hands-on patient care

+ - Admissions

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training program has two routes for admission, with each route requiring the prospective student to complete the required course prerequisites. These routes include:

  1. A student who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and the essential prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants will apply through the CAATE’s Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).


  2. The 3+2 accelerated program in coordination with the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and prerequisites at Chapman University. Advising for this route of admission is critical and applicants will apply directly through ATCAS with MS in Athletic Training faculty support during the fall semester of their junior year.

It is highly recommended to submit completed admission application by December 1.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application with the CAATE’s Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).  Apply Here:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in last 60 undergraduate credits
  • Prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or higher with no course grade below a "C" and all prerequisites taken in the previous seven years
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Hours verification form (200 hours volunteering under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation which describe academic and clinical abilities (1 must be from a certified athletic trainer that has observed your clinical skills and another must be from an professor/teacher who can describe your academic abilities)
  • (International Students Only) - applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).

Prerequisite Courses (Prerequisite course syllabi are required at the time of application)

  • Human Anatomy + Lab
  • Human Physiology + Lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology + Lab
  • General Psychology
  • Athletic Training/Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Recommended Courses

  • Statistics
  • General Physics
  • General Chemistry + Lab

Additional information

  • If a combined Anatomy/Physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required.
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once; the second grade will then be used to calculate GPA.
  • Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a "C" if letter grading options are not available.
  • Courses which have received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the GPA calculation.
  • Students who are offered admission are required to financially commit and enrollment deposit with the Office of Graduate Admission. Generally, the deposit must be received within two weeks of notification of admission.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete all remaining prerequisite course requirements in accordance with the admission requirements before beginning MS.AT coursework.
  • Accepted students are required to meet technical standards and specific health requirements (e.g., vaccinations).
  • Persons who have been dismissed from another athletic training program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.
  • Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year. Admission requirements are subject to change, and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.
  • Persons who cannot pass an FBI/Department of Justice Background Check are not eligible for clinical education rotations and are not admissible to the program.
  • Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws. Some information requested in the application is requested for federal or accreditation reporting and will not be used in a discriminatory manner.

Post -Admission Documentation

After admission into the MS in Athletic Training program, the following documentation must be submitted to the AT program director prior to the beginning of any coursework:

  • CPR Certification. Emergency Cardiac Care or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (note: online CPR courses and Lay Responder Certification are not accepted)
  • Immunizations record (e.g., hepatitis B, TB-test within the past 2 months, etc.)
  • Federal background check will be completed upon arrival to campus in the summer

+ - Tuition and Fees

Please see the PDF below with the specific tuition and fees required by the Athletic Training program. All costs listed are subject to change without notice.

Athletic Training 2016-17 Tuition & Fees

+ - Curriculum

The Athletic Training program description, curriculum, and plan of study are available to view and download below

Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Description (PDF)

+ - Clinical Education

Chapman University Athletic Training Program Clinical Education


Students enrolled in Chapman University’s Athletic Training Program will complete a minimum of 1600 high quality hours providing patient care under the supervision of preceptors. Chapman University works with approximately 30 clinical sites and 40 preceptors to provide students with a variety of clinical experiences that prepare students to become highly qualified healthcare professionals. We prioritize high quality and variety of experiences, while allowing for customization to individual student needs and career goals.


Current clinical sites are listed in the table and map below. For additional details regarding clinical education experiences and requirements, see the program handbook

Clinical Education Site Name

Clinical Site Type

A.B. Miller High School

High School

Canyon High School

High School

Chapman University


Cypress College

Community College

El Camino College

Community College

Fullerton College

Community College

Gladstien & Koutures

Medical Clinic

Godinez Fundamental High School

High School

JSerra Catholic High School

High School

Katella High School        

High School

Mt. San Antonio College

Community College

Northwood High School

High School

Orthopaedic Specialty Institute

Medical Clinic

Santa Ana Valley High School

High School

Santiago Canyon College

Community College

Select Physical Therapy Anaheim

Performing Arts

Servite High School

High School

Sports Conditioning & Rehabilitation (SCAR)

Rehabilitation Clinic

University of Redlands


USA Olympic Men's Volleyball

Professional Sports

Valencia High School

High School

Vanguard University


Villa Park High School

High School

+ - Faculty

Jason Bennett Ph.D, DA, ATC, Director, Associate Professor

Michelle A. Cleary Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, Associate Professor

Sara Nottingham, Ed.D., ATC, Clinical Education Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Ky Kugler, Ed.D., ATC, Clinical Professor

+ - Current Students

Meet the inaugural cohort of the Master of Science in Athletic Training by viewing their bios here.AT Student Bios 2015-2016

+ - Contact Us

Athletic Training Education Program
Chapman University
Crean College of Health and Behavior Sciences
One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
Office: (714) 997-6639

Jason Bennett, DA, ATC

Program Director, Associate Professor 
President, California Athletic Trainers’ Association
(714) 997-6567

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