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Post-Professional Concentration

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Sports Medicine

Post-Professional Concentration

The M.S. in Athletic Training Post-Professional Concentration is a post-certification degree program and is offered in the Department of Sports Medicine. This program is appropriate for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in athletic training or students with a strong science and/or exercise science background. The program is a 36 credit, two year degree program that mandates the completion of either a Master's Thesis or Research Project. This program is designed to enrich academic preparation for graduate work beyond the master's degree and to advance the students' abilities as an athletic trainer by providing course work that will enhance clinical practice.

Contact Information

  • Nicole Cattano, PhD, ATC, LAT 
    Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator for Post-Professional Program 
    222L Sturzebecker HSC 
    West Chester University 
    West Chester, PA 19380
  • Phone: 610-436-2250
  • Fax: 610-436-2803
  • Email: ncattano@wcupa.edu

Program Benefits

The program provides an advanced curriculum that enhances athletic training skills beyond the entry level and enriches academic preparation for advanced work in the field of exercise science. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and provides students with a well-rounded educational experience. The thesis requirement allows students to acquire skills to perform experimental research and to create a specialized area of interest. Students have the option of working with a diverse faculty with varied research interests. This includes working with novel technologies in the HEAT (Heat Illness Evaluation, Avoidance and Treatment) Institute and the possibility of studying a professional athlete population. Additionally, the Department of Sports Medicine offers several athletic training graduate assistantships, allowing students to remain clinically active while completing graduate studies. Graduates of the program are competitive and typically gain employment at the college/university level. Additionally, graduates have continued their education in other allied health programs, such as physician's assistant school.

Job placements of our recent graduates include:

  • University of Florida
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • North Shore High School
  • Mifflin County High School
  • Holy Family University
  • College of St. Elizabeth
  • Lehigh University
  • Gallaudet University
  • The Hill School
  • Gwynedd Mercy College
  • The Steadman Clinic
  • Catholic University

Admission Requirements

To be accepted as a fully matriculated student into the master's program, an applicant needs to meet the requirements for WCU graduate study. Specifically, a student must have a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA, a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major discipline, and a competitive GRE score. An applicant must present a bachelor's degree in athletic training or a program that includes the following undergraduate courses: human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and statistics. The application package must also include official transcripts representing all previous coursework, two letters of recommendation, and a written goals statement.

Students may apply online. When completing the online application process, you must create a profile and select your program of study. Be sure to select M.S. in Athletic Training Post-Professional Concentration within the Sports Medicine Department in the College of Health Sciences.

Post-Professional Concentration Course Sequence

The curriculum is a science-based program with a required thesis track. The program includes basic research preparation (EXS 600 Research Methods and HEA 526 Biostatistics), advanced exercise science courses (EXS 681 Advanced Exercise Physiology and EXS 585 Biomechanics), cadaver anatomy (SMD 500 and 501), advanced sports medicine courses (SMD 592 & 693 Seminar & Topics in Sports Medicine, SMD 505 Evidence Based Practice in Sports Medicine) and research (thesis).

Students are required to complete the following courses:

  1. Degree core (6)
    • SMD 501 Cadaver Anatomy Lab (4)
    • SMD 505 Evidence Based Practice in Sports Medicine (3)
  2. Concentration core (20)
    • SMD 500 Cadaver Anatomy Lecture (2)
    • SMD 592 Seminar in Sports Medicine (3)
    • SMD 693 Topics in Sports Medicine (3)
    • HEA 526 Biostatistics (3)
    • EXS 600 Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (3)
    • SMD 698 Research I (3)
    • SMD 699 Research II (3)
  3. Suggested Electives (9)
    • EXS 585 Biomechanics (3)
    • EXS 600 Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (3)
    • EXS 681 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
    • EXS 587 Environmental Physiology (3)
    • NSG 522 Epidemiology (3)
    • EXS 582 Physical Activity and the Environment (3)
    • EXS 687 Applied Muscular Physiology (3)
    • EXS 688 Applied Cardiovascular Physiology (3)
    • NTD 522 Nutrition for Health Fitness and Performance (3)

Course Sequencing Sheet

Student Research

  Previously Completed Research
McClelland, J. The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition on Maximal Core Temperature Values in Collegiate Football Players During Pre-Season
Carver, M. The Influence of College Alcohol Consumption Behaviors on Neurocognitive, Reaction Time, and Balance Performances
Gonzales, M. Commercial Testosterone Boosters and Their Physical & Hormonal Effects on Healthy Young Males
Stout, L. The Effects of Hydration Conditions on Performance Skills in Male and Female Collegiate Ice Hockey Players
Byrnes, C. The Relationship Between Functional Movement Score and Performance and How They are Affected by Intervention
Courtney K. The Physical and Mental Effects of a Competitive High School Wrestling Season
Keene K. Effect of Foot Type and Rigidity on Landing Mechanics and Tibial Rotation in an Athletic Population
Miller, M. The Effects of Individual Sodium and Fluid Replacement on Ratings of Thermal Sensations, Mood, Thirst, Palatability and Fullness After Exercise Induced Dehydration in Collegiate Football Players
Newsome, M. Effects of Complete Sodium and Fluid Volume Replacement Following Acute Exercise-Induced Dehydration on Football Specific Exercise
Shah, P. A Comparison of Regional Sweat Electrolyte Concentrations in Collegiate Football Players
Caulfield, H. The Efficacy of four different Replacement Treatments on Fluid and Electrolyte Balance after exercise Associated Dehydration
Blahaus A. The Effects of Individual Sodium and Fluid Replacement on Fluid and Electrolyte Balance After Exercise Induced Dehydration in Collegiate Football Players
McGuigan, C. Effects of Intravenous Cold Saline on Core Temperature in Hyperthermic Collegiate Football Players
Murphy, J. Adherence to Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Protection Motivation Theory
Van Lier, T. The Effects of Massage and Graston Technique on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
McCann, J. Blood Lactate Responses to Cold Water Immersion and Biking compared to Controls in Professional Ice Hockey Players after High Intensity Skating
Scullin, G. Cooling Rates in Exercise Induced Hyperthermic Football Players and Cross Country Runners Using Cold Water Immersion
Marcinek, T. Serum Creatine Kinase Levels in NCAA Football Players During Preseason Now That an Acclimatization Time Period is Mandated
Hartman, C. Patient Reported Outcomes Over the Course of a Competitive Basketball Season in Participants with and without a Previous Knee Injury History
Funk, J. A Comparison of Biomechanical Differences, Patient Outcome Measures, Jump-Landing Adaptations, and Strength Deficits between ACL Reconstructed Individuals

GA Opportunities

West Chester University offers a number of clinical and non-clinical (laboratory) graduate assistantship opportunities to students who are BOC credentialed and eligible for Pennsylvania state licensure. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to retain their assistantship. These positions provide full tuition reimbursement and a stipend. The current graduate assistantship placements are listed below with their associated student. The positions for Fall of 2019 will be posted on the NATA career center on October 1st. If you are interested in any information on the graduate assistant positions available please contact John Smith.

 

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  • Marjorie Drohan, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Volleyball & General Athletic Training Room
  • Previous Education: Canisius College
  • Email: MD917367@wcupa.edu
 

Christina Gotthold

  • Christina Gotthold, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Field Hockey & Softball
  • Previous Education: Sacred Heart University
  • Email: CG913696@wcupa.edu
 

Megan Graff

  • Megan Graff, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Cross Country / Track & Field
  • Previous Education: SUNY Brockport
  • Email: MG910582@wcupa.edu
 

Christian Klucsarits

  • Christian Klucsarits, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Men's Soccer & Women's Lacrosse
  • Previous Education: Alvernia University
  • Email: CK848526@wcupa.edu
 

Jessica Nugent

  • Jessica Nugent, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: Cabrini University
  • Previous Education: West Chester University
  • Email: JN827717@wcupa.edu
 

Tina Riordan

  • Tina Riordan, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Women's Gymnastics
  • Previous Education: Westfield State University
    Email: TR917714@wcupa.edu
 

Daniel Webb

  • Daniel Webb, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU HEAT Institute
  • Previous Education: University of Southern Maine
  • Email: DW909225@wcupa.edu
 

Kaitlyn Williams

  • Kaitlyn Williams, 1st Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU General Athletic Training Room & Baseball
  • Previous Education: University of Pitt Bradford
  • Email: KW822206@wcupa.edu
 
CRills
  • Jordan Crills, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: West Chester Rustin High School
  • Previous Education: West Chester University
  • Email: JC812674@wcupa.edu
 
Dell
  • Leah Dell, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: West Chester East High School
  • Previous Education: University of Southern Maine
  • Email: LD890356@wcupa.edu
 
Green
  • Branden Green, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Women's Basketball
  • Previous Education: East Stroudsburg University
  • Email: BG888322@wcupa.edu
 
Hunt
  • Danielle Hunt, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: Bryn Athyn College
  • Previous Education: Westfield State University
  • Email: DH898727@wcupa.edu
 
Jennings
  • Nicole Jennings, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: Ursinus College
  • Previous Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Email: NJ898129@wcupa.edu
 
Stehman
  • Michelle Stehman, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: WCU Men's Basketball
  • Previous Education: Eastern University
  • Email: MS887525@wcupa.edu
 
Sterner
  • Charles Sterner, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: Chestnut Hill College
  • Previous Education: University of South Carolina
  • Email: CS898010@wcupa.edu
 
Magee
  • Danielle Magee, 2nd Year GA
  • Assignment: West Chester Henderson High School
  • Previous Education: West Chester University
  • Email: DT803011@wcupa.edu
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