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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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The undergraduate athletic training program at George Mason University is in the process of voluntarily withdrawing their CAATE accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2022.

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.

A certified athletic 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 currently offers a Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT). CAATE accreditation is pending, estimated Spring 2018. The graduates of this entry-level, professional preparation programs are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination

The mission of the MSAT 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.

Program Goal 1 - Provide students with the knowledge, clinical skills, and reasoning abilities necessary to practice effectively as a certified athletic trainer.

Student Learning Outcome 1

Students will possess the knowledge and skills of a certified athletic trainer.

Objectives with Measurable Benchmarks

  1. 70% of first-time BOC test takers pass the exam.
  2. 70% of the graduating students felt they were competent in all areas.
  3. 70% of the alumni felt they were masterful in all areas.
  4. 70% of the employers were satisfied with the alumni performance in all areas.
  5. 70% of the students are expected to achieve a score 80% or better on the final three practical final exams.
  6. 70% of students are expected to achieve a score 85% or better on all mastery proficiencies.
  7. 70% of students are expected to achieve a score 85% or better on all clinical integrative proficiencies.
  8. 70% of students feel that they are at least moderately knowledgeable and the course was moderately effective in the delivery of the competencies.

Program Goal 2 - Foster students’ development of the foundational behaviors of professional practice appropriate for athletic training professionals.

Student Learning Outcome 2:

Students will exhibit a professional demeanor and deliver health care in a competent, confident
and comprehensive manner.

Objectives with Measurable Benchmarks

  1. 70% of first-time BOC test takers pass the exam.
  2. 70% of students are expected to achieve a score 85% or better on all mastery proficiencies.
  3. 70% of students are expected to achieve an overall score of 80% or better on the Student Clinical Education Performance Evaluation- Mid-Semester.
  4. 70% of students are expected to achieve an overall score of 90% or better on the Student Clinical Education Performance Evaluation- End of Semester.
  5. 70% of students are expected to achieve a score 85% or better on all clinical integrative proficiencies.

Program Goal 3 - Offer a breadth of clinical education experiences that enable students to function effectively in a variety of athletic training practice settings.

Student Learning Outcome 3

Students will be prepared to deliver healthcare in a variety of clinical settings.

Objectives with Measurable Benchmarks

  1. 70% of students are expected to achieve a score 85% or better on all mastery proficiencies.
  2. 70% of the graduating students agree that they were prepared to practice with diverse patients.
  3. 70% of students feel that they are at least moderately knowledgeable in the competencies
  4. 70% of alumni agree that they were prepared to practice with diverse patients.
  5. 70% of student felt they frequently engaged with a diverse patient population.
  6. 90% of faculty strongly agree that students engage with a diverse patient population.

Program Goal 4 - Engage students in the delivery of comprehensive pediatrics athletics health care.

Student Learning Outcome 4:

Students will be prepared to deliver comprehensive pediatrics athletics health care.

Objectives with Measurable Benchmarks

  1. 70% of the graduating students agree that they were prepared to practice in a secondary school setting.
  2. 70% of students feel that they are at least moderately knowledgeable in the competencies for ATEP 660.
  3. 70% of student will report they engage in 7 of the reportable items.
  4. 90% of faculty strongly agree that the students were placed in a good learning environment for secondary school health care.
  5. 70% of students will achieve an B- or higher in the pediatric sports medicine course final project.
MSAT BOC Pass Rate*2018-19  
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*Data will be provided upon graduation of first class.

Undergraduate BOC Pass Rate2014-15  2015-16  2016-17       3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 26 7 12 45
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 26 8 12 45
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 25 7 10 42
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 96 100 83 93
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 26 7 12 45
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100% 100% 100% 100%