How to Apply

The Master of Arts in Athletic Training Program at Carthage College has two tracks: The 3+2 Accelerated Track is for students who major in Allied Health Science as an undergraduate at Carthage. The Two-Year Track is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

For students who major in Allied Health Science as an undergraduate at Carthage

Carthage undergraduate students who are interested in the 3+2 Accelerated Track to a Master of Arts in Athletic Training must major in Allied Health Science at Carthage.

A secondary application is submitted by Sept. 15 of the student’s junior year for admission into the professional phase.

All students applying for admission will be notified in writing of their acceptance or rejection into the program by Oct. 15 of the application year.

Acceptance into the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Aligned with the pre-professional phase course completion with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Submission of the professional phase application packetby Sept. 15. Required documentation: Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check, immunization records, program physical exam including 10-panel drug test, TOEFL documentation (for non-native English speakers)
  • Completion of Jump Start Experiences
  • Fulfill the technical standards verified by a health care provider
  • Entrance interview with the Program Admission Committee

Students accepted to the program begin the professional phase enrolled in dual-designated, graduate-level courses to fulfill institution credit requirements during their senior year. Students not accepted into the program will collaborate with their advisors to pursue another major.

For students with a bachelor’s degree in a related field
Applications to this track will be accepted starting in January 2023

Prospective students with a bachelor’s degree in a related field who are interested in the Two-Year Track to a Master of Arts in Athletic Training must apply to the program by Jan. 1. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent no later than March 1.

Students accepted into the program will arrange with the program director a plan to complete all Jump Start Experiences before beginning the professional phase of the program. Jump Start Experiences are faculty- and mentor-led activities to familiarize students with the profession of athletic training. These experiences will provide students with foundational knowledge and opportunities to practice basic skills.

Acceptance into the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Formal admission and acceptance by the Office of Admissions
  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Pre-requisite course completion (see degree requirements)
  • Submission of the professional phase application packet by Jan. 1. Required documentation: Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check, immunization records, program physical exam including 10-panel drug test, TOEFL documentation (for non-native English speakers)
  • Fulfill the technical standards verified by a healthcare provider
  • Entrance interview with Program Admission Committee

Transfer students must complete all the required pre-professional phase coursework or show equivalent successful completion of course outcomes prior to the submission of the program application. All pre-professional coursework must have been completed within the past five years and earned a letter grade of “C” or better. Due to the sequential and cumulative nature of the athletic training curriculum, transfer students must complete all graduate-level courses at Carthage.

Technical Standards for Admission

The abilities and expectations listed below must be met by all students admitted to the program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

CANDIDATES FOR SELECTION TO THE PROGRAM MUST DEMONSTRATE:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts to problem solve, formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments, and distinguish deviations from the norm.
  • 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.
  • The ability to effectively communicate with patients and colleagues, and to show sensitivity to individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; to effectively communicate judgments and treatment information; and to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  • The ability to clearly and accurately record the physical examination results and a treatment plan.
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  • The flexibility and ability to adjust changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  • Affective skills, appropriate demeanor, and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards, or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

Students with disabilities who request accommodations to meet the program standards must provide the program director with documentation appropriate to the condition from an appropriate authority. The program director will have the Learning Accessibility Services personnel evaluate documentation and determine whether the stated condition qualifies as a disability. The Learning Accessibility Services personnel together with the program director will determine what appropriate accommodations will be provided to a student so that they can meet the program’s technical standards.