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

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Athletic Training is an allied health profession recognized by the American Medical Association since 1990.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers are specialists in the area of sports medicine. Sports medicine is a general term that refers to a very broad scope of care and services that are necessary to maintain the overall health and performance of those who are physically active or who participate in sports.

What do Athletic Trainers do?

Certified Athletic Trainers provide care for athletes and those who are physically active within six areas of clinical practice: prevention; immediate care; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning; organization and administration; and professional responsibility.

Where do Athletic Trainers work?

Athletic trainers can practice in a variety of settings. Currently, athletic trainers primarily work in public and private collegiate and secondary educational settings, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, and physician offices. Other settings include fitness and recreational sports centers, industry, and the military.

What is the job demand?

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase, most significantly in schools and youth leagues.

What are the salaries?

The starting salary for athletic trainers varies widely based on practice setting and geographic location. Salaries for athletic trainers with advanced degrees range from approximately $40,000 to $80,000. For more information please refer to the NATA Salary Survey

Why should I choose the Master's of Science Athletic Training (MSAT) at George Mason University?

As George Mason University is located in a large and diverse metropolitan region, we provide our students with high quality educational experiences in a wide variety of practice settings. Furthermore, our unique geographic location, resources, and faculty expertise help us to provide students with some of the best pediatric and performing arts sports medicine experiences nationally.

Is the ATEP accredited?

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Master's of Science in Atheltic Training (MSAT) CAATE accreditation is pending and is expected Spring 2018.

George Mason University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commissidn on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Who are the faculty in the program?

All faculty members of the ATEP are State-Licensed and Nationally-Certified Athletic Trainers (see ATEP faculty page). The faculty members combine teaching excellence, clinical experience, and research expertise to provide students with a high quality professional education. The ATEP also provides students the unique educational opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in numerous work settings under direct supervision of preceptors. In addition, the adjunct faculty affiliated with the ATEP includes professionals from a variety of health care fields, including Physicians, Certified Athletic Trainers, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists, and Psychologists.

How many clinical hours are required to complete the MSAT? 

Clinical experiences are linked to clinical education courses in the MSAT. Students will complete five clinical education experiences amounting to a minimum of 1,125 hours. Hours per week vary depending on course in which the student is enrolled. Each clinical education course and clinical experience is designed to build upon students' previous course work and experiences. 

Where are clinical experiences located and how do I get there? 

Click here to see a Map of ATEP practicum cliniclal education settings throughout Northern Virginia Metropolatin area. 

It is the student's responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the clinical education site which will be located either off or on campus. Students may rely on public transportation for traveling to some clinical sites. Some clinical sites may require access to a vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle, efforts will be made to assign you to a clinical site accessible by public transportation.

What courses am I required to take while completing the MSAT?

Please refer to Degree Requirements for a complete program of study.

Can I transfer to GMU and complete the MSAT?

Transfer students are welcome into the MSAT. Students considering transferring are encouraged to contact MSAT Director Amanda Caswell ( for additional information.

Can I work and be in the MSAT?

It is very difficult for students to have full time employment and complete the MSAT. While some students may be able to find employment with flexible scheduling, work activities must not conflict with the MSAT requirements.

Will I be required to complete coursework in the summer or during holiday breaks?

Yes, this is a 12 month program.  Students are required to complete work in the summer and return early from holiday breaks to begin spring courses.

 Where can I expect to obtain employment after graduation?

Students entering the work force following graduation typically find employment in sports medicine clinics, secondary schools, colleges, professional sports, and industry.

Click here for contact information for the SRHT Career Services Liaison.