General Requirements

  • Students are assessed on their ability to meet certain minimum grade point averages (GPAs) during the Pre-Professional Phase and Professional Phase of the program. GPAs are not rounded (up or down). Please see the academic planner for an outline of these courses and credit load by semester.
  • Students are permitted to apply transfer credits to the Pre-Professional Phase of the program. All transfer credits are subject to approval by the Athletic Training Program Director and the King’s College Registrar.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 50 athletic training experience hours prior to the completion of the Pre-Professional Phase of the 3+2 MSAT Program. Students can complete these hours at King’s College or at an off-campus location (upon approval by the Athletic Training Program Clinical Education Coordinator).
  • All 3+2 MSAT Program students are guaranteed a seat in the Professional Phase of the program if they meet all Progression Criteria and submit a formal application to the Professional Phase.

Progression and Completion Criteria

Pre-Professional Phase Year 1 Requirements

  1. Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting.
  2. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 1, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.
    • A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
  3. 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

  1. Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting.
  2. 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.
  3. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 2, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.
    • A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
    • 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. At the completion of the spring semester of Year 2, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA 
will be calculated and reviewed.
    • A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
    • A student with a cumulative GPA and/or major GPA below 2.00 will be required to change their major. 
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

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

  2. 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.
  3. At the completion of the fall semester of Year 3, a student’s cumulative GPA and major GPA will be calculated and reviewed.
    • A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any major course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student who has achieved a grade of F in any Core (non-major) course will be required to repeat the course.
    • A student with a cumulative GPA or major GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor.
    • A student with a cumulative GPA and/or major GPA below 2.00 will be required to change their major. 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.
  4. 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:
    • Completion of all Year 1, 2, and 3 major and Core (non-major) coursework
    • Cumulative GPA and major GPA of 2.67 or higher
    • Completion of a minimum of 50 athletic training experience hours
    • 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:

  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.

 

Professional Phase Year 4 Requirements 

A. At the completion of the summer session of Year 4, a student’s cumulative GPA (Professional Phase courses only) will be calculated and reviewed.

  • A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.67 will receive a warning letter and be counseled by their academic advisor. A student who has achieved a grade less than a C in any course will not be allowed to continue to Year 5. The student will be have two options:
  1. Remain in the Exercise Science major, switch to either the Applied Track or the Exercise Physiology Track, complete the four-year Bachelor of Science in 
Exercise Science degree, and pursue employment or graduate studies.
  2. Select another major with the assistance of their academic advisor, the Office of Academic Advisement, and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
  • At the completion of the fall semester of Year 4, 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 continue to Year 5. The student will be allowed to complete the MSAT Program Year 4 coursework in the spring semester and will be able to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree upon successful completion of all Year 4 coursework. The student must also meet all Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science graduation requirements.
  • At the completion of the spring semester of Year 4, 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 continue to Year 5. The student will be able to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree upon successful completion of all MSAT Program Year 4 coursework. The student must also meet all Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science graduation requirements.

Students who successfully complete Professional Phase Year 4 will earn their BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE degree.

Professional Phase Year 5 Requirements

  • At the completion of the fall semester of Year 5, 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.
  • 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 5 and will not be allowed to remain in the MSAT Program.
  •  At the completion of the spring semester of Year 5, a student must meet ALL of the following requirements to graduate from the MSAT Program:
  1. Completion of all Professional Phase coursework with a grade of C or better
  2. Cumulative GPA 2.67 or higher (Professional Phase courses only)

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 Professional Phase Year 5 will earn their MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING degree

Additional Professional Phase Requirements

1. Prior to admission to the Professional Phase, 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 the second year of the Professional Phase. All costs incurred in complying with this requirement are the responsibility of the student. Students who do not have clear background checks may be denied admission to or may be dismissed from the Professional Phase.

  1. All students in the Professional Phase are required to have all immunizations recommended for healthcare providers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These immunizations can be viewed at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html. Students must present proof of current immunizations prior to admission to the Professional Phase and must maintain all immunizations throughout the Professional Phase. 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.
  1. All students in the Professional Phase 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 prior to admission to the Professional Phase and prior to starting the second year of the Professional Phase. 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.
  2. Prior to the start of the Professional Phase, students are required to undergo a 10-panel urine drug screen performed at a licensed laboratory. Students are required to have this testing done annually and additional unannounced drug and/or alcohol testing may be required as well. Students will sign a consent form with a waiver of liability releasing this information to the program and any clinical site that may require the reported results. The student is responsible for all associated costs incurred. If the student refuses, he or she may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.

Policy Regarding Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics

In the first year of the Professional Phase and upon approval by the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator, the MSAT Program will allow intercollegiate athletics participation for one sport season (in-season as determined by the NCAA rules) on a person-by-person basis as long as all of the following conditions are met and maintained throughout participation:

  • Must meet all academic requirements of the program
  • Must maintain academic standards of the program, including retention and progression criteria (e.g., course grades and cumulative GPA)
  • Regular review of academic and clinical performance record (frequency to be determined, likely to occur at least once per month)
  • Required daily academic and clinical experiences will take priority over athletics responsibilities (including during pre-season) and the student WILL NOT be allowed to miss ANY required academic or clinical experiences

Effort will be made by the MSAT Program to provide schedules as far ahead as possible to facilitate both clinical and athletic scheduling

NOTE: A “person-by-person basis” will be utilized because there may be circumstances where a student cannot balance their academic and intercollegiate responsibilities, even after significant effort at intervention on the part of the faculty and Athletics staff. This will not be used on a “sport-by-sport” basis. Hopefully this situation will be an extraordinarily rare occurrence.

In the second year of the Professional Phase, our expectation is that due to the rigor of this year, the student will need to devote even more effort to their academic and clinical education. Therefore, participation in athletics during this time will be discouraged. Should the student desire to participate, the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator will consider their case on a person-by-person basis. The student WILL NOT be allowed to miss ANY required academic or clinical experiences and any participation in athletics will likely require significant accommodations by the coach. It must be noted that these clinical experiences may involve the student spending multiple, consecutive weeks away from campus at national and international locations. If participation is allowed, all of the following conditions must be met and maintained throughout participation:

  • Must meet all academic requirements of the program
  • Must maintain academic standards of the program, including retention and progression criteria (e.g., course grades and cumulative GPA)
  • Regular review of academic and clinical performance record (frequency to be determined, likely to occur at least once per month)