MSAT Program Progression and Completion Criteria

Pre-Professional Phase Entry Criteria

Students are accepted into the Pre-Professional Phase of the 3+2 MSAT Program by being accepted at King’s College and declaring the major of Exercise Science – Pre-Athletic Training Track. There are no other requirements. Transfer students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending upon the credits and courses they have completed prior to entering King’s College.

Progression and Completion Criteria

Pre-Professional Phase Year 1 Requirements

A. Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting.

B. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
  3. A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.

C. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
  3. A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.

Pre-Professional Phase Year 2 Requirements

A. Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting.

B. Students must log their athletic training experience hours with the Clinical Education Coordinator. Procedures for logging hours will be explained at the beginning of the fall semester of Year 2. The student will log all hours completed during Year 1 and will continue to regularly log hours for the remainder of the Pre-Professional Phase.

C. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 2, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
  3. A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.

D. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 2, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
  3. A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  4. A student with a cumulative GPA and/or major GPA below 2.00 will be required to change their major.

a. The student may not return to the Pre-Professional Phase at any time. The student is encouraged to remain at King’s College and choose one of the following options:

  1. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and apply to the MSAT Program (two-year graduate component). Students must meet all MSAT Program entrance criteria for admission.
  2. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and pursue employment or graduate studies.
  3. Select another major with the assistance of their academic advisor, the Office of Academic Advisement, and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

Pre-Professional Phase Year 3 Requirements

A. Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting.

B. Students continue logging their athletic training experience hours with the Clinical Education Coordinator. Students must complete and log a minimum of 40 hours by the start of the spring semester of the third year of the Pre-Professional Phase.

C. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 3, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
  3. A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  4. A student with a cumulative GPA and/or major GPA below 2.00 will be required to change their major.

a. The student may not return to the Pre-Professional Phase at any time. The student is encouraged to remain at King’s College and choose one of the following options:

  1. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and apply to the MSAT Program (two-year graduate component). Students must meet all MSAT Program entrance criteria for admission.
  2. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and pursue employment or graduate studies.
  3. Select another major with the assistance of their academic advisor, the Office of Academic Advisement, and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

D. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 3, a student must meet ALL of the following requirements to advance to the Professional Phase:

  1. Completion of all Year 1, 2, and 3 major and Core (non-major) coursework
  2. Cumulative GPA and major GPA of 2.67 or higher
  3. Completion of a minimum of 50 athletic training experience hours
  4. Completion of a formal application to the Professional Phase

A student who has not completed ALL of these requirements will be required to change their major. The student is encouraged to remain at King’s College and choose one of the following options:

a. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and apply to the MSAT Program (two-year graduate component). Students must meet all MSAT Program entrance criteria for admission.
b. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year bachelor’s degree, and pursue employment or graduate studies.
c. Select another major with the assistance of their academic advisor, the Office of Academic Advisement, and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

Professional Phase Year 1 Requirements

A. At the completion of the summer session of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any course will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.

B. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any course will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.

C. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA (Professional Phase courses only) will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any course will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.

Professional Phase Year 2 Requirements

A. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 2, a student’s cumulative GPA will be calculated and reviewed.

  1. A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  2. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any course will not be allowed to advance to the spring semester of Year 2 and will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.

B. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 2, a student must meet ALL of the following requirements to graduate from the MSAT Program:

  1. Completion of all coursework with a grade of C or better
  2. Cumulative GPA 2.67 or higher

A student who has not completed ALL of these requirements will not be able to graduate and will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.

Students who successfully complete Year 2 will earn their MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING degree

Additional MSAT Program Requirements

  1. During the summer session of the first year of the MSAT Program, all students will be required to complete the following background checks: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Record Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information. Students will be required to complete all three clearances again prior to starting the second year of the MSAT Program. All costs incurred in complying with this requirement are the responsibility of the student. Students who do not have clear background checks may be dismissed from the MSAT Program.
  2. All students in the MSAT Program must provide their own transportation to clinical education sites. Students are expected to own a vehicle that can provide reliable and consistent transportation. Students are responsible for all expenses related to travel to clinical education sites.
  3. All students in the MSAT Program are required to have all immunizations recommended for healthcare providers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These immunizations can be viewed here. Students must present proof of current immunizations during the summer session of the first year of the MSAT Program and must maintain all immunizations throughout the MSAT Program. Students are responsible for the cost of all immunizations. Some clinical sites may require additional immunizations and titers which students must obtain prior to starting rotations at those sites. Information regarding these additional requirements will be given to students prior to starting rotations. Students who fail to comply with additional immunizations and titers for clinical rotations may be denied access to hospitals, schools, and other clinical rotation sites. This may affect their ability to complete the MSAT Program. Students are responsible for the cost of any additional immunizations and titers.
  4. All students in the MSAT Program must have annual tuberculosis (TB) surveillance. Documentation of negative Mantoux (PPD) testing OR a negative chest X-ray must be supplied to the King’s College Student Health Center during the summer session of the first year of the MSAT Program and prior to starting the second year of the MSAT Program. Students who fail to comply with tuberculosis surveillance may be denied access to hospitals, schools, and other clinical rotation sites. This may affect their ability to complete the MSAT Program. Students are responsible for the cost of tuberculosis surveillance.
  5. All students in the MSAT Program must have a laptop computer with wireless internet capability. Students may use a PC or Apple computer. Students are responsible for having a computer with the necessary processing power and functionality to meet program requirements and complete all academic and clinical requirements. Tablet computers (e.g., Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc.) are NOT recommended as they are not likely to have the necessary processing power and functionality. Students must be able to run the Google Chrome web browser application on their computer due to its compatibility with our online program management system.