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Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

Admissions Information


Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science Athletic Training Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Please note that applicants to the M.S.A.T. Program should apply thrugh the FGCU Graduate School.  This application can be found at

We have provided a Welcome Letter with some important information and resources for your use.  Information includes GPA Calculation Form, Course Substitution Equivalency Request Form and  Essential Functions Information.


Program Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program in the Summer of each year. For priority consideration, all application materials must be received by May 1st. Application materials received after May 1st will be considered on a space available basis. All applications to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program must be submitted through the FGCU Graduate School at

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences conducts a competitive admissions process. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the entry-level athletic training program. (Please note that meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the Master of Science Athletic Training Program.) All applicants must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants may complete a baccalaureate degree in any field. The following undergraduate majors at FGCU may be the most congruent with the required athletic traiing prerequisite courses: BS in Exercise Science; BS in Health Science.
  2. Achieved a GPA calculated for all prerequisite courses (for courses completed at the time of application) of at least 3.00 (on a 0 to 4 scale).
  3. Achieved a GPA for all upper division coursework (for courses completed at the time of application) of at least 3.00 (on a 0 to 4 scale).
  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination(GRE).
  5. Submitted all program specific application materials through the FGCU Graduate School including Official Transcripts, Official GRE Scores and Personal Statement.
  6. Completed the following prerequisite courses or the equivalent with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or less is not acceptable).
    1. BSC 2010C General Biology I w/Lab (4)
    2. BSC 1085C Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (4) or BSC 2011C General Biology II w/Lab (4)
    3. BSC 1086C Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (4) or PCB 2XXX Human Physiology (3)
    4. PHY 2053C College Physics I w/Lab (4)
    5. PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)
    6. HSC 2577 Human Nutrition (3)
    7. STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3) or STA 2037 Statistics with Calculus (3)

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences/Athletic Training Program has a mandatory orientation that occurs usually the two days prior to the start of the entering semester for classes. Information is sent out with acceptance letters. Students that do not attend the mandatory orientation will not be accepted into the program.

Criminal Background Check

All students admitted to the M.S.A.T. Program must complete a criminal background check. A student may encounter potential problems with clinical education placement and/or licensure as an athletic trainer if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. If a student has a criminal record, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire with the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure as an athletic trainer or practice in certain settings.

Admissions Decision Appeals

A student may appeal admissions decisions by contacting the Office of the Dean in The Marieb College of Health & Human Services at 239-590-7451. Through the Dean's Office, the student brings an appeal to the MCHHS Student Appeals Committee. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, he or she may bring the appeal to the University Ombudsman (

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