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WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE THE ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM AT CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY? he Cumberland University Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is designed to prepare you for a career in athletic


training. The program consists of both academic and clinical education experiences designed to prepare you with the skills you need to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and lead a successful career as an athletic trainer. In the MSAT program, your learning expands beyond the classroom. You’ll gain hands-on experience assisting in the daily delivery of healthcare to intercollegiate athletes at CU, as well as patients in alternate settings, as part of the clinical education program. The MSAT program is 61 credit hours [fall (14 cr), spring (14cr), summer (7cr), fall (14cr), spring (12cr)] that requires continuous enrollment. There are two track options for enrollment. The graduate track option is for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree and meet the requirements. The undergraduate track option (3+2) is for those that do not have a baccalaureate degree. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It’s time to rise in your career with a MSAT from CU!

ABOUT CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY Founded in 1842, Cumberland University holds a unique place in American history as one of the oldest liberal arts universities in the south. Cumberland University draws on its enduring spirit of excellence to provide students from all backgrounds with a rounded education that is intensely personal, intellectually challenging, future focused and dedicated to preparing every individual for a meaningful career and fulfilling life. Today, Cumberland continues to evolve to meet the needs of a diverse and expanding community while providing a transformational higher education experience. With nine fully accredited graduate academic programs of study in three distinct schools, including the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, which offers the Cumberland MSAT program on its beautiful campus in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The Cumberland Athletic Training program prepared me with the necessary education and hands on training to be successful in the field of Athletic Training. The preceptors and mentors in the program extended knowledge and advice in the program as well as after graduation. The Cumberland Athletic Training Program is forever family. Olivia Schmidt Head Athletic Trainer Northeast High School Class of 2020

TWO TRACK OPTIONS: Exercise and Sports Science (3 +2): This track is intended for undergraduate students that are either freshman or transfer students. Upon the successful completion of the 5-year program, the student will earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (BS) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The Bachelor of Science degree will be granted after successful completion of the fourth year. All students will have completed the general education core and the Exercise and Sport Science major requirements by the end of the third year. The remaining 28 credit hours required for the BS degree will be earned through the graduate athletic training courses earned during the fourth year [fall (14cr) and spring (14cr)]. The fifth year consists of 33 total credit hours [summer (7cr), fall (14cr), and spring (12cr)]. You'll develop a close relationship with your professors and classmates and receive individualized attention and hands-on experience through each step of the program.

Master of Science in Athletic Training: The 2-year track is for students who have already earned their baccalaureate degree (not in athletic training) and have completed the required prerequisites. This MSAT is appropriate for graduates who would like to join the Athletic Training profession by becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The MSAT is 61 total credit hours and must be completed in five consecutive semesters [fall (14cr), spring (14cr), summer (7cr), fall (14cr), spring (12cr)].

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To be admitted to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program, you'll need: A bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or be enrolled in the 3+2 track To complete the GRE Examination Three letters of recommendation To interview with the selection committee To have completed 75 hours of clinical observation Successful completion of a criminal background check (annually) Documentation of passing a recent physical examination once admitted to the program Pass a 7-panel drug test (annually) Proof of personal health insurance (annually) To sign the Technical Standards Form AHA Healthcare Provider or ARC Professional Rescuer Certification (must maintain through the duration of the program) Be a member of the National Athletic Training Association (for the duration of the program)

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STEPS TO APPLY: 1. Apply to Cumberland University online at or through ATCAS ( *If you apply through ATCAS it collects steps 2-8.

2. Pay the $50 application fee 3. Send transcripts from the school where you earned your bachelor’s degree (sent directly from that school) and any other undergraduate transcripts if you had any credits transferred 4. Send proof of your immunization records 5. Send your GRE scores 6. Once you're accepted to the university, you can apply specifically to the Athletic Training Program 7. Send three letters of recommendation 8. Interview with the program selection committee Due to the nature of this program, there is a limited number of spaces available. All students must apply by June 1!

TUITION & FEES: Semester Breakdown

Programmatic Fees (Yearly)

Fall 1(14)


CPR Recertification

Spring 1 ( 1 4 )


TB Skin Test

Summer (7)


Drug Test

Fall 2(14)


Background Check


Spring 2 ( 1 2 )


NATA Membership


Health Insurance

(Must show proof)


Graduation Fee


Course Fee

$30/course (23)

~$40.00 $30.00

Total Cost ~$40,000

University Fees Application Fee


This total cost does not account for housing, meal plans, or books. *All fees are subject to change.


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FOR QUESTIONS OR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT Enrollment Specialist for Graduate Admissions Ms. Hannah Riddle (615) 547-1220 or or Program Director Dr. Katie Arnold (615) 547-1334 Coordinator of Clinical Education Dr. Whitney Graves (615) 547-1328


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Master of Science in Athletic Training  

Start your career as an Athletic Trainer with a degree from Cumberland University!

Master of Science in Athletic Training  

Start your career as an Athletic Trainer with a degree from Cumberland University!

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