The M.S. in Athletic Training Post-Professional Concentration is a post-certification degree program and is offered in the Department of Sports Medicine. This program is appropriate for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in athletic training or students with a strong science and/or exercise science background. The program is a 36 credit, two year degree program that mandates the completion of either a Master's Thesis or Research Project. This program is designed to enrich academic preparation for graduate work beyond the master's degree and to advance the students' abilities as an athletic trainer by providing course work that will enhance clinical practice.
The program provides an advanced curriculum that enhances athletic training skills beyond the entry level and enriches academic preparation for advanced work in the field of exercise science. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and provides students with a well-rounded educational experience. The thesis requirement allows students to acquire skills to perform experimental research and to create a specialized area of interest. Students have the option of working with a diverse faculty with varied research interests. This includes working with novel technologies in the HEAT (Heat Illness Evaluation, Avoidance and Treatment) Institute and the possibility of studying a professional athlete population. Additionally, the Department of Sports Medicine offers several athletic training graduate assistantships, allowing students to remain clinically active while completing graduate studies. Graduates of the program are competitive and typically gain employment at the college/university level. Additionally, graduates have continued their education in other allied health programs, such as physician's assistant school.
Job placements of our recent graduates include:
To be accepted as a fully matriculated student into the master's program, an applicant needs to meet the requirements for WCU graduate study. Specifically, a student must have a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA, a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major discipline, and a competitive GRE score. An applicant must present a bachelor's degree in athletic training or a program that includes the following undergraduate courses: human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and statistics. The application package must also include official transcripts representing all previous coursework, two letters of recommendation, and a written goals statement.
Students may apply online. When completing the online application process, you must create a profile and select your program of study. Be sure to select M.S. in Athletic Training Post-Professional Concentration within the Sports Medicine Department in the College of Health Sciences.
Students are required to complete the following courses:
|Previously Completed Research|
|McClelland, J.||The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition on Maximal Core Temperature Values in Collegiate Football Players During Pre-Season|
|Carver, M.||The Influence of College Alcohol Consumption Behaviors on Neurocognitive, Reaction Time, and Balance Performances|
|Gonzales, M.||Commercial Testosterone Boosters and Their Physical & Hormonal Effects on Healthy Young Males|
|Stout, L.||The Effects of Hydration Conditions on Performance Skills in Male and Female Collegiate Ice Hockey Players|
|Byrnes, C.||The Relationship Between Functional Movement Score and Performance and How They are Affected by Intervention|
|Courtney K.||The Physical and Mental Effects of a Competitive High School Wrestling Season|
|Keene K.||Effect of Foot Type and Rigidity on Landing Mechanics and Tibial Rotation in an Athletic Population|
|Miller, M.||The Effects of Individual Sodium and Fluid Replacement on Ratings of Thermal Sensations, Mood, Thirst, Palatability and Fullness After Exercise Induced Dehydration in Collegiate Football Players|
|Newsome, M.||Effects of Complete Sodium and Fluid Volume Replacement Following Acute Exercise-Induced Dehydration on Football Specific Exercise|
|Shah, P.||A Comparison of Regional Sweat Electrolyte Concentrations in Collegiate Football Players|
|Caulfield, H.||The Efficacy of four different Replacement Treatments on Fluid and Electrolyte Balance after exercise Associated Dehydration|
|Blahaus A.||The Effects of Individual Sodium and Fluid Replacement on Fluid and Electrolyte Balance After Exercise Induced Dehydration in Collegiate Football Players|
|McGuigan, C.||Effects of Intravenous Cold Saline on Core Temperature in Hyperthermic Collegiate Football Players|
|Murphy, J.||Adherence to Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Protection Motivation Theory|
|Van Lier, T.||The Effects of Massage and Graston Technique on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness|
|McCann, J.||Blood Lactate Responses to Cold Water Immersion and Biking compared to Controls in Professional Ice Hockey Players after High Intensity Skating|
|Scullin, G.||Cooling Rates in Exercise Induced Hyperthermic Football Players and Cross Country Runners Using Cold Water Immersion|
|Marcinek, T.||Serum Creatine Kinase Levels in NCAA Football Players During Preseason Now That an Acclimatization Time Period is Mandated|
|Hartman, C.||Patient Reported Outcomes Over the Course of a Competitive Basketball Season in Participants with and without a Previous Knee Injury History|
|Funk, J.||A Comparison of Biomechanical Differences, Patient Outcome Measures, Jump-Landing Adaptations, and Strength Deficits between ACL Reconstructed Individuals|