Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Athletic Training M.S.A.T.

Director: Dr. Lisa Griffin, School of Health & Human Performance
Office Coordinator: Toyia Barnes,
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCook,

Contact Information

Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-445-4072
Fax: 478-445-4074


The mission of the Professional Athletic Training Program at Georgia College is to cultivate quality athletic training health care professionals who exhibit the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism. With a foundation built on evidence-based, progressive didactic and clinical education, GC athletic training graduates are prepared to become successful contributors to the advancement of the profession through intellectual, professional, and civic skills and dispositions that enable students to thrive in a diverse global society.


The Master of Science in Athletic Training is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (caATe).

Professional Athletic Training Program Outcomes and Learning Outcomes

Goal 1:

Athletic training students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in injury prevention and wellness education.

Students will be able to:

  • Create evidence-based designs to mitigate the risk for injury/illness;
  • Apply evidence-based practices to mitigate the risk for injury/illness.

Goal 2:

Athletic training students will utilize a holistic approach to clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injuries, illnesses, and pathologies.

Students will be able to:

  • Assess an athletic injury/illness based on relevant pathology;
  • Recognize appropriate holistic diagnoses of athletic injuries/illnesses;
  • Refer patients to the appropriate medical professional based on individual need.

Goal 3:

Athletic training students will be skilled in making decisions regarding the management of acute athletic injuries/illnesses.

Students will be able to:

  • Exhibit appropriate immediate and emergency medical care within the scope of athletic training practice relevant to current standards.

Goal 4:

Athletic training students will create and implement therapeutic/educational interventions for measureable patient outcomes (competence or performance).

Students will be able to:

  • Utilize evidence-based interventions when administering and implementing therapeutic interventions;
  • Recognize need for psychosocial intervention.

Goal 5:

Athletic training students will construct and apply professional leadership and organizational paradigms.

Students will be able to:

  • Develop policies and procedures in the administration of athletic training and healthcare facilities;
  • Critique athletic training management models;

  • Utilize appropriate medical documentation and communication.

Goal 6:

Athletic training students will critically examine athletic training data and apply it to clinical practice.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply evidence based practice when making clinical decisions.
  • Critique athletic training related literature and disseminate its findings to a variety of audiences including professionals, peers, and patients.
  • Articulate the role of research in clinical practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSAT must have completed the following prerequisite courses:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Equivalent of GC HSCS 2813 and HSCS 2823 or GC BIOL 2160 and 2170) or 2 semester sequence or separate anatomy and physiology courses each with lab

  • General Biology with lab (Equivalent of GC BIOL 1100, 1120, 1107, 1108 or higher)

  • General Physics with lab (Equivalent of GC PHYS 1111 or higher)

  • General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent of GC CHEM 1211, 1311, 1151 or higher)

  • Medical Terminology (Equivalent of GC KINS 2331)

  • Nutrition (Equivalent of GC KINS 2323)

  • Structural Kinesiology (Equivalent to KINS 3103)

  • Physiology of Exercise (Equivalent of KINS 3203)

  • General Psychology (Equivalent of GC PSYC 1101, 2103, or higher)

The Sports Medicine Concentration within the B.S. Exercise Science will allow students to successfully attain all of the aforementioned prerequisites for entry into the MSAT.

In addition, applicants must have regular admittance status into the Georgia College graduate program; have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 7 years, and earned the following minimal scores: 147 Verbal, 150 Quantitative.

Applicants must complete the online MSAT program application found on the SHHP website and submit (upload) the following documents:

  • Cumulative upper-level GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application & admission

  •  Submission of three professional recommendations

  • Verification of current certification in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and First Aid or equivalent (BOC Listing of Acceptable Emergency Cardiac Care Certifications)

  • Completion of a Criminal Background Check

  • Completion of a personal interview.

  • Acknowledgement of the Athletic Training Technical Standards

  • Professional resume

In addition, applicants must complete the supplemental program application and submit or upload the following documents to:

Georgia College Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 107 231 W. Hancock St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS)
The CAATE has a designated application portal available via All applicants must apply through both Georgia College and ATCAS.

Transfer Credits

Up to 9 semester hours of graduate coursework with grades of B or better may be accepted from other institutions at the discretion of the School of Health and Human Performance Graduate Coordinator and the Program Director. No clinical or athletic training courses will be considered for transfer. The MSAT does not accept transient students into its clinical and athletic training courses.

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C (or lower) during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in current versions of the Graduate Student Handbook.

Time Limitations for the M.S.A.T.

The requirements for the degree program must be completed within a period of 6 years from the date that the student begins taking courses at Georgia College. Courses completed more than 6 years prior to completion of the requirements for the Master's degree will be regarded as outdated and will not be applied toward the degree program. This includes courses that may be transferred from other institutions. Outdated courses may be updated through appropriate means at the discretion of the School of Health and Human Performance Graduate Coordinator and the advisor.

Program of Study

Common Core

Satisfactorily complete each of the following courses:

KINS 6803Research Methods Kinesiology


KINS 6813Research Mthds Kinesiology II


KINS 6823Admin Health & Human Services


Total Credit Hours:9

Athletic Training Content

Satisfactorily complete each of the following courses:

KINS 6623Adv Sport & Exercise Psych


KINS 6653Sports Nutrition


Total Credit Hours:51

Total Credit Hours: 60