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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The MS in Athletic Training (MSAT) provides students with personalized, high-quality experiential learning opportunities, both regionally and globally.

This cohort driven, full-time, entry-level professional program prepares students to successfully pass the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC) examination required for practicing athletic trainers.

Admission Criteria

    • Completed Application for Graduate Study
    • Completion of bachelor's degree by program start
    • GRE with scores of 145 on each section is preferred (must be within 5 years)
    • Personal goals statement (up to 500 words), covering the following items: academic and occupational background, the development of your interest in athletic training, reasons for wanting to enter this program, qualities  you possess which will enhance functioning as an athletic training, career objective(s)
    • Two recommendations from professional references
    • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED) Certification at the level of a Healthcare Professional
    • Grade of C or better in the following courses 
      • Anatomy and Physiology 6-8 credits
      • Exercise Physiology 3 credits
      • Research Methods 3 credits
      • Basic Nutrition 3 credits
      • Medical Terminology 3 credits

Course Sequence for MSAT*

Downloadable Advising Plan

Summer 1 (on-line June/July; face-to-face August)

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer A 2

Summer C 2

Fall 2

Spring 2

Eligible to take the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam (AT BOC)

Total: 65 credits


  • Practicum courses require a clinical education field experience component.
  • Students will engage in coursework during the summers of their academic program.
  • All courses must be passed with a B- or higher before progressing in the sequence. 
  • You must maintain current Health Care Provider Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) and First Aid certifications. 
  • Our school and agency partners require Mason students to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check prior to practicum experiences. Students must assume the risk that due to the individual severity of notations on such a check and review by individual agencies, the program may not be able to be completed.

*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.


Student Fees

Fees: All ATEP courses will assess a $17 accreditation fee per credit, a $25 program fee per credit, a $200 practicum clinical supervision fee for ATEP 686, 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. For additional information on housing, transportation, and other costs please see the admissions Paying for College website

Additional Program Requirements

Health Insurance: All students will be required to show proof of health insurance during ATEP 525. MSAT students will be required to maintain health insurance throughout the program. Students choosing to not provide proof of health insurance will be required to sign a Health Insurance Declination Form.

Travel: 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.

Technical Standards: In ATEP 525 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.

Immunizations: 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.

Trainings: All students must complete annual bloodborne pathogens training, 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 MSAT. 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
  • Healthcare Provider CPR/AED-Emergency Response Institute
Background Check: Our school and agency partners require Mason students to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check prior to practicum experiences. Students must assume the risk that due to the individual severity of notations on such a check and review by individual agencies, the program may not be able to be completed.