Athletic Training Graduate Programs in New York

Master's degree programs in athletic training are available from a few schools in different cities around the state of New York. Learn about the length of these programs, some course topics and other details for each school.

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While athletic training degree programs are most commonly found at the bachelor's level in New York, there are a few colleges that offer graduate programs in the field, usually as a dual degree. Compare and contrast a few of these programs and some of their common admission requirements.

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New York Schools with Graduate Programs in Athletic Training

Daemen College

Daemen College in Amherst offers a traditional Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training, as well as two dual degree programs with athletic training: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Promotion/MS in Athletic Training and BS in Natural Science/MS in Athletic Training. The traditional MS program can be completed in 2 years, including 1 summer, and offers a wide range of clinical experiences throughout the entire 2-year program. Students in the MS program take coursework in topics such as neuroscience, pharmacology and sports nutrition, as well as lab courses with hands-on components in subjects like anatomy, interventions and examinations. According to the school's website, the MS program boasts a 100% pass rate for graduates on the BOC (Board of Certification) Certification Exam, and full-time students in the program are eligible for a scholarship that covers 30% of tuition.

University at Buffalo

As of 2018, the University at Buffalo has a dual BS in Exercise Science/MS in Athletic Training program that prepares students for certification in athletic training, but is not yet accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The master's portion of the program consists of traditional courses, clinical experiences, seminars and a capstone course. Some course topics for the MS portion include evidence-based practice, emergency management, patient care, anatomy, interventions and research. The MS portion of the dual degree is still designed as a 2-year curriculum and students must apply to the MS portion separately from the bachelor's program.

Long Island University-Brooklyn

Long Island University-Brooklyn also offers a dual BS/MS in Athletic Training program that is currently accredited by the CAATE and prepares students for the BOC Certification Exam. The program is a 5-year program with a 2-year, Pre-Professional Phase and 3-year, Professional Phase. Students in the program have the opportunity to work with certified athletic trainers, have access to quality laboratory spaces, participate in fieldwork, are exposed to various areas of clinical practice and can take part in the program's mentorship program. Students may also choose to participate in student organizations on campus that are related to the field, such as the Health and Wellness Club or Sport Management Club.

Common Entrance Requirements

Students applying to master's degree programs in athletic training can expect to be required to meet a minimum GPA requirement, which may vary depending on the school, and complete an interview process. Many programs ask applicants to submit their official transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal statement with the appropriate application. Some of these programs may also ask for GRE scores and/or copies of any First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. It is fairly common for these master's programs to also require evidence of observation hours with an athletic trainer, although the hour requirement may vary. Typically students need to have prerequisite coursework in areas such as chemistry, biology, anatomy, psychology, biomechanics and statistics.

At least three colleges in New York offer master's degree programs in athletic training, whether as a stand-alone degree or a dual degree program. These programs usually include hands-on learning with professional athletic trainers and may require observation hours prior to admission.

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