Application Process

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is a selective program that accepts approximately twenty students each year.  This admission process and limited class size promotes educational quality, provides the students with opportunities for hands-on learning, and maintains compliance with CAATE accreditation standards.

Prospective athletic training students will formally apply to the Athletic Training Program during the spring semester of their first year of coursework.  Once admitted to the program, the students will complete the remaining four years of core curriculum and athletic training coursework. 

Students with higher academic standing or transfer students may apply and will be given equal consideration, but must make a commitment to the AT Program for a total of five years.  These students will need to formally apply and go through the AT Program curriculum at Concordia University Wisconsin. 

NOTE: Following admission to the Athletic Training Program, students will be required to purchase one polo shirt for clinical education rotations. Students may also be responsible for obtaining and submitting background checks, flu shots, and any other relevant requirements in order to be eligible for certain clinical education rotations in the health care setting.

During the first year at Concordia University Wisconsin, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the MSAT program:

  • Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.75 in all course work.
  • Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 in all major course work.
  • Complete the Athletic Training Application by the specified date.
  • Interview with the Athletic Training Program Admissions Committee.
  • Complete and pass the following courses:
    • BIO 191 & BIO 192 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II):  with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    • MSAT 130 (Advanced Weight Training):  with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    • MSAT 115 (Medical Terminology): with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    • MSAT 172 (Athletic Training Foundations): with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    • MSAT 205 (First Aid & Emergency Procedures): with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    • MSAT 272/273 (Intro to Athletic Training):  with a grade of B (3.0) or higher

Once admitted to the MSAT program, all athletic training students must meet the following Retention Standards:

  • Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.75 in all course work.
  • Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 in major course work.
  • Must pass all Practicum courses (MSAT 291, MSAT 292, MSAT 391, MSAT 392, MSAT 491, MSAT 492) with a grade of B (3.0) or higher.
  • Must follow all Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures in the Athletic Training Program Handbook.
  • Maintain required and scheduled clinical experience hours.  Must make every attempt to schedule all classes prior to 2:00pm in order to complete clinical rotations.   
  • Must pass all required athletic training courses, in sequence, in order to progress in the Athletic Training Program.  If a student does not pass a course during a particular semester, that student cannot progress in the program until the course has been re-taken and the student has passed the course.  Students who do not pass an athletic training course during the first attempt may re-take that course one additional time in an effort to pass the class.  Students will not be allowed to take any athletic training course more than two times.

If a student fails to maintain any portion of the retention policy, that student will be placed on probation and have the following semester to improve towards the required retention policy levels.  If the student fails to meet the retention policy requirement(s) the following semester or does not pass a course during a particular semester, he/she will forfeit his/her place in the program and will be terminated from the AT Program.  If such student fails to improve towards the retention policy requirements and is terminated from the AT Program, this student will have one year to acquire the required retention policy level(s) while terminated.  If such student meets the required retention policy during their year of termination, this student will have the opportunity to join the class level she/he was terminated from.  If such student does not meet the retention policy requirements after being re-admitted to the program, the student will be permanently terminated from the AT Program, with no opportunity for re-entry.