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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Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Producing competent athletic training graduates with a strong scientific foundational knowledge whom have the capability to practice as level II health care providers.

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Students earning an Athletic Training degree are highly educated and skilled allied healthcare professional who cares for physically active individuals in schools, colleges, sports medicine clinics, sport industry & hospitals.

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.

The professional degree of entry will now be the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training major is earned after completion of a prescribed 123-credit program of studies. This includes George Mason University’s General Education requirements (38 credits), electives (6 credits), and the specific courses (79 credits) listed below in the recommended 4-year academic program plan:

Mason Core (38 credits)

For current list of approved courses: See Mason Core

  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Written Communication (Lower Level) (3)
  • Written Communication (ENG 302 - Nat. Sci. section) (3)
    Prerequisites: 45 credits: C or better in Gen. Ed. comp. and lit.
  • Information Technology (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (STAT 250) (3)
    Prerequisites: High School Algebra
  • Arts (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Literature (3)
  • Natural Science (BIOL 124 and 125) (8)
    Prerequisites: Must be taken in sequence
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (HEAL 230) (3)
  • Western Civilization (3)
  • Synthesis/Capstone, satisfied by major requirement

NOTE: Since BIO 124, BIO 125, and HEAL 230 are also Professional Concentration requirements the subtotal is 27 credit hours.

Pre-Professional Phase (23 credits)

Students begin the pre-professional phase upon admission to Mason by enrolling in the twelve required prerequisite courses below. Upon successful completion of all pre-professional coursework with a grade of C or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, students may advance into the professional phase (two levels) of the program. The following required pre-professional courses satisfy (and are listed with) Mason Core requirements: HEAL 230, BIOL 124, BIOL 125, and STAT 250 are not included in the total pre-professional credit count.

First Year Fall Semester

First Year Spring Semester

Second Year Fall Semester

Second Year Spring Semester

Professional Phase Level (62 credits)

Professional phase levels I-II require concurrent enrollment in didactic, clinical techniques, and practicum clinical education courses. The professional phase requires satisfactory completion of prerequisites, attainment of a grade of C or higher in all ATEP required course work, a minimum cumulative within-major GPA of 3.0, and maintenance of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) and First Aid certifications.

Note: All courses must be taken concurrently in the semester they are offered. Practicum courses require a clinical education field experience component.

Professional Courses (Level I) (38 credits)

Second Year Summer Semester

Third Year Fall Semester

Third Year Spring Semester

Professional Courses (Level II) (24 credits)

Third Year Summer Session I

Third Year Summer Session II

Fourth Year Fall Semester

Fourth Year Spring Semester

Total: 123 credits

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To remain in Good Academic Standing within the ATEP students are required to maintain a minimum within-major cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and earn a minimum grade of C in all within-major courses.

Students not meeting the minimum academic standards required to remain in Good Academic Standing within the ATEP will be placed on Academic Warning. To regain Good Academic Standing within the ATEP students must improve their within-major GPA to greater than 3.0 and earn a minimum grade of C in all within-major course work during the following semester.

Students failing to demonstrate significant improvement of their within-major GPA, (> 3.0) and meet all minimum within-major academic requirements by the conclusion of the semester in which they are placed on ATEP Academic Warning will be placed on ATEP Academic Probation. Students placed on ATEP Academic Probation will have one semester to raise their minimum within-major GPA to 3.0 or greater. Failure to meet minimum within-major academic standards after one semester on ATEP Academic Probation will result in the student being placed on ATEP Academic Suspension.

Students placed on ATEP Academic Suspension will be removed from the clinical education portion of the Professional Phase of the ATEP and will not be permitted to register in higher-level ATEP clinical courses or participate in clinical experiences. Students will be required to repeat the within-major course work in which they received a grade of C or below and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be reinstated to the clinical education portion within the Professional Phase of the ATEP.

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Fees: The following ATEP courses will assess an additional fee through student accounts when paying tuition. For more information on the need for these fees please see the Student Accounts website under College of Education and Human Development. 

ATEP 120$50
ATEP 150 $50
ATEP 255 $100
ATEP 265 $100
ATEP 355 $100
ATEP 365 $100
ATEP 456 $250

Health Insurance: All students will be required to show proof of health insurance for acceptance into the professional phase of the program. Professional phase ATEP students will be required to maintain health insurance during the entire professional phase of the ATEP. Students choosing to not provide proof of health insurance will be required to sign a Health Insurance Declination Form.

Travel: Once a student has been formally accepted into the professional phase of the ATEP, the clinical education experiences can be located on campus or off campus. Students should anticipate spending a minimum of two semesters gaining clinical experience at an off-campus site. Though several clinical sites are accessible via public transportation, travel to some clinical sites may require access to a vehicle. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the clinical education site.

After admission to the pre-professional phase, students must submit a Technical Standards Certification Statement indicating that they have read, understand, and can meet the Technical Standards for Athletic Training Students either with or without accommodation. These standards outline the essential functional tasks that students must be able to perform in order to enroll in and complete the program. Students requiring special accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services.

Athletic training students are required to obtain a physical health exam and provide immunization records before entering the professional phase of the program. Students must provide evidence of completion of Hepatitis B immunization and may be required to provide proof of tuberculosis screening. Students choosing not to complete Hepatitis B Immunizations will be required to sign a declination waiver. All professional phase students must complete annual blood borne pathogens training and may be required to submit to a criminal background check. All students must have Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR, AED) certifications before entering their first clinical experience and maintain these certifications through the remainder of the ATEP. Emergency Cardiac Care Certification must include the following: adult & pediatric CPR, airway obstruction, 2nd rescuer CPR, AED and barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask). The following courses are examples of acceptable courses:

  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer-American Red Cross
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers-American Heart Association
  • CPR for Professionals-American Safety & Health Institute
  • Professional Rescuer CPR-National Safety Council
  • First Responder CPR/AED-American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Basic Life Support for Professionals-Medic First Aid
  • ACLS-American Heart Association
  • Health care Provider CPR/AED-Emergency Response Institute