Athletic Training Admission
Due to the transition of Athletic Training Programs to the graduate degree, the TCU Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting students for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The program will begin accepting applications for the Master of Science in Athletic Training for Summer 2023 on July 1, 2022. Students should apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS). Review of applications will begin on December 1st of the application year and will continue until the cohort is filled. Due to a summer start date, no applications will be accepted after May 15th of the application year. Students pursuing the Early Admission Master’s Program option will apply to the professional part of the program in their 3rd year at TCU.
Please contact the Athletic Training Program Director in the Department of Kinesiology for more information regarding the TCU Athletic Training Program. Our Admission page contains the most updated information on the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
Stephanie Jevas, PhD, LAT, ATC, FNAP
Director, Athletic Training Program
Department of Kinesiology
TCU Box 297730
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Master of Science in 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. Click here for more information about clinical experiences for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
There are two options for students wanting to pursue the Master of Science in Athletic Training at TCU.
Option 1: Early Admission Master’s Program. This option allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Movement Science) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree in only 5 years (3 pre-professional years plus 2 professional years leading to two separate degrees). The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology will be conferred in August prior to beginning the 4th year of study. As part of their financial-aid package, MSAT students will receive a 40% tuition discount for each semester following conferment of their undergraduate degree. Students may also be eligible for tuition-based scholarships each semester they are enrolled in courses for the professional degree (final six semesters of the 5 year plan).
Option 2: Two-year program. This option is for students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and the required prerequisites. As part of their financial-aid package, MSAT students will receive a 40% tuition discount each semester in the program and may also be eligible for additional tuition-based scholarships.
NOTE: The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) obtained approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for the transition to the graduate degree on March 11, 2021.
Applicant Review and Selection Process for MSAT
Review of applications will begin on December 1st of the application year and will continue until the cohort is filled. Due to a summer start date, no applications will be accepted after May 15th of the application year.
Completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated in the order in which they are submitted on ATCAS. Once all application materials are on file and the application has been reviewed, the applicant will be contacted by the Program Director to schedule an interview with TCU Athletic Training Program selection committee that may include Faculty, Preceptors, and Athletic Training Students. Interviews may be conducted in-person or online via Zoom. Following the interview process, selected applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding admission status in writing from the Program Director. 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 vitae, verification of observation hours, and strength of interview. Applicants can refer to the Applicant Review Form for more information.
Cohort numbers may vary from year-to-year and are dependent on classroom space and availability of current clinical sites. Once a cohort is filled, remaining applicants that meet the program criteria will be placed on a wait list. If an applicant is accepted into the program and declines the offer of acceptance and/or withdraws prior to the start of the academic program, applicants on the wait list will be notified in writing of their acceptance based on the order placed on the wait list. Applicants receiving a letter of acceptance can choose to place themselves on the wait list, but will be placed at the bottom, and may only accept a position in the program at a later time if the cohort is not full. Prior to the start of the program, students must complete the Technical Standards, criminal background check, and drug screen (see Program Costs).
Updated: June 21, 2022
Students enrolled in the Athletic Training Program (BSAT and MSAT) will incur the following costs associated with the clinical portion of the program:
- Criminal background check and drug screen: $115.00 (one time cost paid to Castle Branch)
- Transportation costs to off-campus clinical sites (cost of gas, vehicle maintenance, etc.): cost variable
- Khaki pants and shorts: cost variable
- Tennis shoes: cost variable
Additional clothing items will be provided to the student (see TCU Athletic Training Program Handbook for Clothing Policy). Liability insurance is provided by the university for all students enrolled in the athletic training program. Annual TB tests are available at the TCU Student Health Center at no charge to the student. CPR certification (AHA BLS Healthcare Provider) is paid for by the program and is not charged to the student. Students who are members of the TCU Athletic Training Students’ Association (ATSA) qualify to have their NATA membership paid. Students who are in good standing with the ATSA may have their BOC exam fees reimbursed.
A BSAT is an investment in your future, but you don’t have to make it alone. Find out what kind of assistance is available from the TCU Office of Financial Aid and Athletic Training-specific scholarships.
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