FAQ – M.S. in Athletic Training

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1. What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

2. What are the admission criteria for the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree?

To be “formally” accepted into the MS-AT program, students must complete the admission criteria as outlined in the UCA Graduate Bulletin.

3. What is the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance’s timeline for implementation of the master’s degree requirement for ALL Professional Programs?

After the start of the fall term 2022, Baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program. The last cohort of UCA undergraduate students graduated in May 2020.

6. What if I am currently an undergraduate student who wants to become an athletic trainer and pursue the MS-AT degree at UCA?

Students can pursue and complete any bachelor’s degree before applying for the graduate athletic training program. Depending on which degree students pursue, they may have to enroll in additional courses beyond their degree to meet all the prerequisite course requirements. Admission to the MS-AT program is selective and competitive.

UCA offers an undergraduate BS-Exercise Science (Pre-Athletic Training concentration) which has a curriculum that includes all the prerequisite courses required for admission to UCA MS-AT program.

7. Where are Financial Aid resources located?

All degree-seeking students may apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will show your eligibility for grants and student loans. If you have specific questions about institutional scholarships or financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@uca.edu or (501) 450-3140. Performance scholarships are awarded by individual departments and foundation scholarships are managed by the foundation office, https://uca.edu/foundation/.