Athletic Training, M.A.

School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, College of Education

Vision Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is to prepare students for successful careers or advanced academic studies in the field of athletic training by providing comprehensive and progressive studies leading to national certification as an athletic trainer. The program will provide diverse experiences, both clinical and didactic, based on the competencies set forth by the NATA.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Melanie McGrath, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Health Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) 207V

402-554-2670

melaniemcgrath@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/at/gradprog.php

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer: February 1
  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: N/A

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required (minimum scores established by the Graduate Council).
    • 500 for Written TOEFL
    • 173 for computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 for internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for unconditional admission.

    • Students with a 2.70-2.99 cumulative GPA may apply and be admitted provisionally. Provisional admission typically means that the admitted student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, and earn “B” or higher on all courses during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework.

  • International applicants are recommended to have a TOEFL score of 80 or higher (internet-based test) or 550 or higher (written test) in order to be considered a strong candidate for admission.

  • Entrance Exam

    • Minimum cumulative score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test of 287 (Verbal + Quantitative)

    • A cumulative score of 300 is preferred for applicants to the UNO Graduate ATEP.

    • For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, the following scores apply:

      • Minimum: 800 (Verbal + Quantitative)

      • Preferred: 1000

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required

    • These individuals should be able to speak about your abilities as a student, your leadership and problem-solving skills, and your potential as an athletic training student.

  • Statement of Purpose

    • Address the following in under 1000 words:

      • What is/are your primary career goal(s)?

      • What in your life has most directly influenced your choice of becoming an Athletic Trainer?

      • Describe your ATTRIBUTES that you feel are clearly and directly related to the profession of Athletic Training.

      • Why should you be selected for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Graduate Athletic Training Education Program?

  • Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree from an institution other than UNO must provide the course syllabi and course outlines/schedules, in order to provide evidence that specific National Athletic Trainers’ Association Educational Competencies and Proficiencies have been completed.

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation with a certified athletic trainer (ATC).
    • These hours should be completed in the 12-month period prior to application to the program. For students with more than 25 hours, a minimum of 25 hours must be completed in the 12-month period prior to application.
  • Applicants that are currently enrolled in a prerequisite (“deficiency”) course at the time of application must send in a Deficiency Report for that course. This Deficiency Report must be sent directly to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), HPER 207, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182.

  • All graduate candidates accepted to the UNO Athletic Training Program:

    • Who received their bachelor’s degree from another institution must provide the course syllabi and course outlines/schedules in order to provide evidence that specific National Athletic Trainers’ Association Educational Competencies and Proficiencies were completed.

    • Must show proof of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, and Basic First Aid Certification prior to admission. Certification must remain current through April of the applicant’s first year in the program. Certification by the American Red Cross is strongly preferred. Students are required to maintain these certifications throughout the entire academic program.

    • Must provide proof of physical examination and required vaccinations prior to admission. The physical exam must be completed within 12 months of the first day of our summer session course (typically the second week of July).

MA-ATHT Degree Requirements

The following seven (7) undergraduate prerequisites (deficiencies) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:

PE 1800Fitness for Living

3

PE 2880Basic Physiology and Anatomy for HPER

5 credits

PE 4010Laboratory Methods in Exercise Science

6

PE 4630Biomechanics

3

PE 4940Physiology of Exercise

3

HPER 3090Applied Nutrition

3

PSYC 1010Introduction to Psychology I

3

PE 4010: This course may be taken during a student’s graduate work on a case-by-case basis.

MA-ATHT Required Courses (36 hours):

HPER 8030Research in Health, Physical Education and Recreation

3

PE 8040Applied Statistics in Physical Education

3

PE 8310Athletic Training Techniques

3

PE 8316/PE 4310Lower Extremity Evaluation

4

PE 8326/PE 4320Upper Extremity Evaluation

4

PE 8336/PE 4330Athletic Therapeutic Modalities

4

PE 8346/PE 4340Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training

3

PE 8356/PE 4350Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

3

PE 8360Advanced Orthopedic & Medical Aspects of Athletic Training

3

PE 8910Internship in Exercise Science

3

PE 8966/PE 4960Topics in Sports Medicine

3

MA-ATHT-Electives (6 hours):

Students must complete six (6) graduate hours of electives to be chosen with their advisor. Elective courses must end in “0”. For more information, please visit our website, http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/at/at_index or call (402)554-2670.

MA-ATHT-Other Requirements:

Once admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program, the student will obtain clinical hours as part of course requirements. Students will be expected to obtain an average of 20 hours of clinical experience per week during each fall and spring semester, which include some nights, weekends, and travel. Required clinical experiences must be obtained over a minimum of six (6) semesters.

MA-ATHT-Exit Requirements:

In order to graduate with an MA in Athletic Training, the following criteria must be met:

Successful completion of:

PE 8310Athletic Training Techniques

3

PE 8316/PE 4310Lower Extremity Evaluation

4

PE 8326/PE 4320Upper Extremity Evaluation

4

PE 8336/PE 4330Athletic Therapeutic Modalities

4

PE 8346/PE 4340Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training

3

PE 8356/PE 4350Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

3

PE 8360Advanced Orthopedic & Medical Aspects of Athletic Training

3

PE 8966/PE 4960Topics in Sports Medicine

3

PE 8910Internship in Exercise Science

3

with a “B” or higher

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination

administered during the student’s final semester

Successful completion of all clinical education requirements

as given in course syllabi and the Athletic Training Student Handbook

Total Credit Hours: 42