School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Athletic Training Education Program

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Worldwide, people are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of physical activity in helping to maintain a high quality of life. As the participation in physical activity increases, so does the risk for injury. Whether it is the highly competitive high school or collegiate athlete or the aging “weekend warrior,” the professional dancer or the industrial worker, Certified Athletic Trainers are prepared to help individuals remain active.

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

An athletic certified trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied healthcare professional who specializes in caring for physically active individuals in a variety of settings. These settings may include secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports, hospitals, and industry. Whatever the setting, athletic trainers are recognized as part of a comprehensive sports medicine team and work alongside physicians, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

For more information on what athletic trainers do, visit the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) website.

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). A Master’s of Science degree Athletic Training (MSAT) is also offered and is pending CAATE accreditation Spring 2018.  Both are entry-level, professional preparation programs and graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. This national credential qualifies athletic trainers to practice in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The mission of the ATEP is to prepare certified athletic trainers with the clinical knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes that will enable them to deliver health care effectively to diverse patients in a variety of clinical settings, with an emphasis on the pediatric population. 

  1. Offer a well-rounded curriculum that embraces the general education mission of George Mason University and prepares students with the abilities to make positive contributions to society.
  2. Provide students with the knowledge, clinical skills, and reasoning abilities necessary to practice effectively as a certified athletic trainer.
  3. Offer a breadth of clinical education experiences that enable students to function effectively in a variety of athletic training practice settings.
  4. Foster students’ development of the foundational behaviors of professional practice appropriate for athletic training professionals.
  5. Engage students in the delivery of comprehensive secondary school athletics health care.
Undergraduate BOC Pass Rate2013-20142014-20152015-20163 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 20 26 7 53
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 19 26 7 52
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 17 25 7 49
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 89 96 100 94%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 18 26 7 51
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 95% 100% 100% 98%