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Health Care Professions - Graduate Program

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Athletic Training

Holly Schmies, Program Director/Associate Professor
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Office: Room 123, HEC (Health Enhancement Center)
Phone: 715-346-2922
Email: hschmies@uwsp.edu

Faculty/Staff: B Kinslow, H Schmies, D Smith.

Medical Director: Laurel Rudolph-Kniech, MD

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who provide physically active individuals services such as injury/illness prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) degree is a professional athletic training program that prepares you for certification as an athletic trainer.


AT = Athletic Training
ATP = Athletic Training Program
HEC = Health Enhancement Center (Phy Ed Building)
MS-AT = Master of Science - Athletic Training Program


Academic Standards for Master of Science in Athletic Training

Admission to the Program: If you’re interested in applying for the MS-AT program, you must complete the following:

  1. UW-Stevens Point application for graduate study.
  2. Application to the MS-AT graduate program via ATCAS Central (www.caate.net/apply-now). The ATCAS application requires:
    1. a written essay,
    2. two letters of recommendation,
    3. evidence of 50 hours of athletic training observation with a certified AT. Observation hours must be completed within the past 24 months prior to application,
    4. a listing of complete or in-progress prerequisite coursework, and
    5. completion of the Technical Standards Form for the MS-AT program.
  3. TOEFL or IELT scores (international applicants only). Minimum of 80 or 7 respectively.
  4. Official transcripts of all college work.
  5. Attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework prior to application. If your GPA is under 3.0, you can still apply and request a review of your application.

    Prerequisite courses for the MS-AT program are: biology, chemistry, physics, human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, psychology, nutrition, introduction to athletic training, medical terminology, and statistics. Specific UWSP equivalents and required credits can be found on the website at www.uwsp.edu/msat.

Additional Notes about Applying to the Master of Science - Athletic Training (MS-AT):

  1. Application deadline: Application deadlines for early admission and the regular decision cycle are published on the MS-AT website at www.uwsp/edu/msat.
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the AT Admission Committee upon receipt of completed application. Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements for eligibilityto apply does not guarantee acceptance into the MS-AT.

Upon Acceptance to the Master of Science - Athletic Training (MS-AT), you must:

  1. Provide verification of current physical examination by an approved health care provider (MD, DO, PA, CNP) confirming you meet the physical and mental abilities required of an athletic trainer.
  2. Provide current records of: immunization history (including MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, adult dTap); tuberculosis (TB) test within the past 12 months.
  3. Provide documentation of annual TB test updates.
  4. Obtain antibody titers and/or influenza vaccine depending on requirements of assigned clinical sites.
  5. Complete a healthcare provider background check as required by regulations in Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter HFS 12.
  6. Supply verification of personal healthcare provider liability insurance.
  7. Submit all health-related documentations/verifications to the Clinical Education Coordinator prior to the start of each semester.

Retention, Master of Science -Athletic Training (MS-AT)

In order to maintain good standing within the MS-AT, you must:

  1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in major.
  2. Maintain 3.0 average evaluation score (4-point scale) on clinical evaluation. If you fail to meet either criteria listed above, you will be on academic probation in the MS-AT for one semester. If you do not attain the retention criteria during the probation semester, you may not continue in the major. You are only allowed one probationary semester during your time in the MS-AT.

Notes for Master of Science -Athletic Training (MS-AT) Students

  1. All requirements for the AT program must be complete, or in the process of being completed, before the program director will endorse your application for the Board of Certification examination.
  2. All students in the MS-AT are responsible for arranging travel to off-site clinical rotations. You will also be responsible for the cost of travel. There will also be some additional expenses incurred for uniforms and learning resources.
  3. Updated information will be provided in the Athletic Training Educational Handbook and the program website.
  4. If you are denied acceptance into the program, you may contact the chair of the School of Health Care Professions for appeal procedures. Appeals are handled by the School of Health Care Professions Appeals Committee.

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