Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals that work in collaboration with physicians. The practice of athletic training encompasses preventing, examining, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions in the physically active population.

Athletic trainers work with a range of patients and can assume a variety of positions in traditional and emerging clinical settings. Employment settings include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of the setting, athletic trainers’ clinical practice is regulated by their state practice act.

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  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Professional Sports/ Performing Arts
  • Sports Medicine Clinics Hospitals
  • Physician Offices/ Operating Room
  • All branches of the Military
  • Industrial and Commercial Settings/ Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
  • Movie Sets

Applications for the MS in Athletic Training Program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses. It should be noted that selection into the program is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

We understand that various undergraduate institutions may not offer some of the pre-requisites or due to your major, you may not have had room in your schedule. Please contact the Program Director to assist you. There may be opportunities to complete these at different institutions.

Please contact the Program Director. There may be options to meet all pre-requisite requirements at different institutions or here at Neumann!

The courses in the Athletic Training Program are taught with both an online and classroom component. This means that some of the course content will be covered via online instruction, with on-campus classes for laboratory coursework and faculty meetings, typically occurring once a week.

The program is completed in 5 semesters (beginning with a summer session in the first year) over two years. For a review of the suggested curriculum, see the course catalog.

Students have been successful managing work and our Program but this would depend on the student’s management skills, time needed to study for the courses, and having a flexible work schedule. It is a challenging program that does include a 200 or 300-hour commitment to clinical experiences.

The MS in AT is designed to be completed in 5 semesters. Since it is an accredited program all course materials must be taught sequentially and therefore, most courses are only taught once a year. Part-time status may double or triple the time it would take for program completion. We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances and would urge you to contact the Program Director.

It should be noted that students are responsible for any costs associated with the clinical sites and may include, but not limited to, gas, tolls, parking, and/or public transportation.

Specific questions regarding housing can be answered by the Resident Life staff. Contact information along with other FAQs related to housing and residence life at Neumann is available.

For information regarding transferring into the program, please contact the Program Director. The courses taken will have to be reviewed to determine eligibility for transfer to the program.

The following is a list of fees that are mandatory for the progression criteria associated with the program:

  • Maintain required immunizations through Student Health Services and complete turburculosis skin test annually ($10*).
  • Maintain First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR certification. (Additional fees may be required - $50*.)
  • Attain and maintain proof of a current Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance ($8* annually), Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance ($22* annually), and an FBI fingerprint clearance ($23*). Additional clearances may be required for selected clinical sites and may require additional fees.
  • Maintain membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association ($85* annually)

*Fees are approximate and subject to change

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher. Students must also achieve a minimum grade of “B” or better in all athletic training courses. If a student achieves a grade below “B” in any athletic training course, the student must repeat the course and earn the minimum grade. NOTE: If a student’s cumulative GPA fall below a 3.00, he/she is placed on Program Probation for one (1) semester. Please refer to the Degree Requirements section for more information.

Yes. Students are not required to have any research experience prior to entering the Program and will develop research aptitude working closely with a faculty member. Students will be encouraged to take their research and present it outside of the program (publications, conferences, etc) with support of the faculty.

Hubert Lee, MA, ATC, CSCS



Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” before entering the program:

  • 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)

No (GRE) Graduate Record Examination required

2 years

  1. Application online at neumann.edu
  2. Submit a pre-requisite form (see website)
  3. All official transcripts from every institution attended. WES or ECE evaluated if an international school
  4. Submit a statement of personal and professional goals to the Program Director (minimum one full page, double-spaced, typed)
  5. 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
  6. First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR certification or equivalent
  7. Completed Health Physical with proper immunizations and submit the results to the Office of Health Services. (Additional fees may be required.)
  8. Submit 3 letters of recommendation (One must be from an Athletic Trainer)
  9. 100 hours of athletic training observation under supervision of an ATC
  10. Present proof of membership in NATA.org
  11. 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) with a minimum score of 84 on the TOEFL exam, with a minimum verbal subset score of 26