Neumann University is proud to partner with Cabrini University, Dominican College of Blauvelt and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in offering preferred acceptance to undergraduates at these institutions for admission into NU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program provided admissions criteria are met. Talk to your Graduate Admissions Counselor to Learn More.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Athletic Training major must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)
    • Biology (4 credits)
    • Chemistry (4 credits)
    • Physics (4 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits)
    • Psychology (3 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Submit a statement of personal and professional goals to the Program Director (minimum one full page, double-spaced, typed).
  • Successfully complete an interview with the Program Director and/or Selection Committee. This interview should demonstrate the student’s understanding of the profession, his/her specific career goals, and general verbal communication skills.
  • Verify First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR certification or equivalent.
  • Completed Health Physical with proper immunizations, and submit the results to the Office of Health Services. (Additional fees may be required.)
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation (One must be from an Athletic Trainer)
  • Complete 100 hours of athletic training observation under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
  • Present proof of membership in National Athletic Trainers’ Association (
  • For students from a non-English speaking country or for whom English is a second language, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted. The Athletic Training Program requires a minimum score of 84 on the TOEFL exam, with a minimum verbal subset score of 26.

Progression Criteria & Degree Requirements

Progression in the Athletic Training major leading to a Master of Science degree requires students to:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. NOTE: If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00, he/she is placed on Program Probation for one (1) semester. If the student’s cumulative GPA remains below a 3.00 after the one semester of Program Probation, he/she is then dismissed from the Program. The student may reapply for admission to the Athletic Training Program once his/her cumulative GPA is a 3.00 or above. At that point, however, the student must repeat all admission requirements as stipulated by the Program Director.
  • Attain a grade of “B” or better in all course requirements.
  • Maintain required immunizations through Health Services and complete a tuberculosis skin test annually.
  • Maintain First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR certification. (Additional fees may be required.)
  • Attend an annual OSHA compliant workshop addressing blood-borne pathogen training and communicable diseases. (Additional fees may be required.)
  • Attend an annual HIPAA/FERPA compliant workshop.
  • Meet the following Technical Standards for the Athletic Training Program which requires students, with or without reasonable accommodations, to:
    • Demonstrate the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts, and problem-solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
    • Possess sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and to accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
    • Have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must also be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
    • Demonstrate the ability to record physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
    • Have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
    • Demonstrate perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the Athletic Training education program as outlined and sequenced.
    • Possess flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical environments.
    • Demonstrate affective skills as well as appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
  • Attain and maintain proof of a current Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance, and an FBI fingerprint clearance. Additional clearances may be required for selected clinical sites and may require additional fees.
  • Maintain membership in NATA.
  • Review and demonstrate an understanding of the Neumann University Athletic Training Student Manual.
  • Complete all required Athletic Training courses (43 credits).