Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I send my transcripts?
Official transcripts MUST be sent directly to ATCAS at:
P.O. Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471
More details can be found at: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com
For any coursework completed outside of the United States, you need to have your credits evaluated course-by-course by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service. Have them send the official report directly to ATCAS at the address above. The link below contains the list of companies from whom WSU accepts reports.
Where should I send my GRE scores, if required?
Official GRE scores should be sent directly to the MSAT Graduate Program Director. Contact ETS to request that a copy of your official test scores be sent to the WSU MSAT using the code 6449 or use the address below. A GRE test score is only required if GPA is below a 3.0.
Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC
Graduate Athletic Training Program Director
1435 Village Drive, Dept. 2801
Ogden, UT 84408-2801
What is the minimum GRE score that you will accept?
The GRE recently released a new scoring system, so listed below are the recommended minimums both on the prior and current scale:
Verbal Reasoning - 153 (500 prior scale)
Quantitative Reasoning - 144 (500 prior scale)
Combined - 297 (1000 prior scale)
It is possible that you may be admitted without meeting these minimum scores, but additional coursework may be required as a condition of admission.
What types of CPR certification (Emergency Cardiac Care or CPR/AED) will you accept?
ECC certification must include all of the following:
- Adult & Pediatric CPR
- 2nd Rescuer CPR
- Airway Obstruction
- Barrier Devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask)
Acceptable ECC providers are those adhering to the most current International Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care. Please check with your ECC provider to Be Certain.™ any course you take includes all of the above components.
If you do not possess one of the certifications below, you can take AT 2300 (Emergency Response) during your first semester in the MSAT program, as several students do each year.Common courses that meet these requirements are:
|Provider Name||Course Title|
|American Heart Association||ACLS|
|American Heart Association||BLS Healthcare Provider|
|American Red Cross||CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer|
|American Safety and Health Institute||CPR for Professionals|
|Emergency Care and Safety Institute||Health Care Provider CPR|
|National Safety Council||Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers|
How can I determine if the courses I've taken will count for the pre-requisite requirements?
Please send the catalog course description (using the Prerequisite Worksheet) and/or the course syllabus for each course you would like to have evaluated to Valerie Herzog at email@example.com. She will respond to inform you which courses will count for which pre-requisite requirements and/or if additional information is required to make that determination. Click below for the link to spreadsheet showing the courses that have already been reviewed and accepted. More information can be found at:
Can I begin the program and/or apply for admission before I have completed all of the pre-requisite courses?
Yes, many students complete 1-4 pre-requisites during their first year in the MSAT program. However, no more than 4 can be remaining to be completed by the beginning of the first semester. In addition, two classes must be completed PRIOR to taking your first MSAT class: Introduction to Psychology and Human Anatomy.
How many students apply to the MSAT Program and how many do you accept each year?
We typically receive 30-40 applications each year and accept approximately 18-20 graduate students.
When does the program begin?
Because WSU's summer semester begins before many schools complete their spring semester, the first year MSAT courses will begin in mid-to-late June. For the 2015 cohort, classes will begin on June 29, 2015. However, if you plan to take any prerequisite courses at WSU that same summer, please note that those courses may begin in early May. NOTE: In 2016, the program will shift and begin in the fall semester instead. Students will complete a two-week orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Do you accept part-time graduate students?
If the program does not fill, part-time students will be accepted. However, full-time students will be given preference in the admissions process. It is unlikely that we would accept a part-time student.
Can I visit for a tour?
Absolutely! Please contact the Graduate Program Director, Valerie Herzog, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting and tour of the AT education facilities.
Do I have to do my interview on campus or can I do it over the phone?
Students may choose whether to have their admissions interview over the phone or on campus in person.
Are scholarships available to new graduate students?
The only scholarship typically available to new graduate students is the out-of-state tuition differential waiver. Essentially, this means that out-of-state and international students will only pay in-state graduate tuition for the entirety of the program. There is not a separate application process, but students should indicate on their program application if they wish to be considered for this scholarship. Preference is given to students with a minimum 3.2 GPA, but other criteria are considered such as the GPA in the last 60 credit hours and clinical experience. Most out-of-state and international students have received this scholarship.
Does the program offer Graduate Assistantships?
We do not directly offer graduate assistantships, but some are available from the athletics department for work such as marketing and sports information. There are also a variety of work study positions available including research assistants, teaching assistants, strength and conditioning staff, fitness arena staff, and many other positions on campus. All of these positions can be found through the WSU Human Resources website at:
(Then, Search Positions, then, choose "Athletics Hourly Positions" under the job title.)
Is there an office on campus to assist international students?
Yes. The International Student Center is designed to assist international students. Their website is:
Do I have to submit my physical examination, technical standards form, and immunizations by the admissions deadline (Feb. 1st)?
No, you do not have to submit these materials by the admissions deadline. However, if you are admitted to the MSAT Program and decided to attend, you must submit these materials before beginning MSAT classes at Weber State University. The only exception is the physical exam. You can wait and do this once you get on campus as WSU will do this exam for you for free through the Student Health Center.
What will my schedule be like once I am in the MSAT Program?
Classes are typically in the mornings to allow you to go to your clinical rotation in the afternoon. Students have enough free time for a part-time job, but we do not recommend full-time employment while enrolled in the MSAT Program.
Where are the program's graduates working and what is the job placement rate?
Most of our graduates are working in high schools and/or outpatient rehabilitation clinics. Others are working in professional sports (NFL, professional baseball, professional hockey), Division I universities (Brigham Young University, Syracuse University, Utah Valley University, Grand Canyon University, Weber State University), other universities (Fort Lewis College, University of Western States), and others have pursued additional graduate education (PA, PT, RD). Our 3-year placement rate is 93%.