RHS + MSAT IN 5 YEARS
Be Brilliant with an accelerated degree.
Earn both your Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (RHS) AND your Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degrees in just 5 years in this unique 3+2 program (3 years of undergraduate coursework and 2 years of graduate coursework)! Reduce your tuition by a full year and start your career as an Athletic Trainer a year sooner!
RHS upperclassmen who wish to bypass their final year of undergraduate coursework and start the MSAT program in Fall 2024 should apply by the priority deadline of December 15, 2023 to be eligible for graduate scholarships. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots still exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline to ensure they receive full consideration for all scholarships.
RHS underclassmen who wish to start the MSAT program in a future year (beyond 2024) can apply anytime between July 1st and April 1st.
The online application may be accessed at: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com.
To be eligible to apply to the 3+2 MSAT program, you must:
- Be a WSU student majoring in Rehabilitation Sciences
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2
- Observe/shadow an athletic trainer for at least 50 hours
- Complete the Year 1 RHS coursework (scroll down to see Timeline)
If you meet these requirements, you can submit your application through ATCAS at a discounted rate. Prior to submitting your application, please send an email to email@example.com to receive a coupon code.
- Our Rehabilitation Sciences and Master of Science in Athletic Training degree combination is designed to help you thoroughly prepare for your career as an Athletic Trainer.
- Our graduates report high rates of satisfaction with the curriculum and program and now work in a variety of settings including with professional sports (NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL), universities (every major university in Utah and others outside of Utah as well), in high schools, and with orthopedic surgeons.
- The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
The Rehabilitation Sciences and Master of Science in Athletic Training degree duo will focus on core competencies like:
- Emergency Care
- Orthopedic Evaluation and Diagnosis
- General medical conditions
- Healthcare management
- Injury prevention
- Theapeutic modalities
- Therapeutic rehabilitation including manual therapy
- Advanced skills including suturing, casting, and reducing dislocations
Earning your RHS and MSAT, you'll be able ready for AT job opportunities with:
- Professional sports
- Extreme sports
- College/university sports
- High school sports
- Orthopedic surgery clinics
- Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
- Industrial settings (Boeing, Delta, Amazon)
- Doctoral programs
The average starting salary for this degree varies greatly depending on location, experience level and choice of employment.
Before you begin, get to know what is required for these degrees
Work on RHS coursework and complete general education requirements. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA, observe/shadow an athletic trainer for at least 50 hours, and complete the courses below during Year 1:
- HTHS 1101: Medical Terminology (2 credits)
- RHS 1550 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences (2 credits)
- RHS 2175 - Introduction to Sports Medicine (3 credits)
- RHS 1300, 2300, or PAR 1000/1 - First Aid, CPR/BLS, or EMT (2-6 credits)
- HTHS 1110 - Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
- HTHS 1111 - Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
- CHEM 1010, 1110, or 1200 - Chemistry (3-5 credits)
At the end of Year 1 students should apply to 3+2 RHS/MSAT Program through ATCAS. Students can apply during Year 2 or 3 as well, but we recommend applying as early as possible to ensure that they're on track. Prior to submitting your application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a coupon code for a discounted application fee.
Years 2 & 3
Work on remaining RHS coursework. Complete all general education requirements andMSAT prerequisites by the end of Year 3 (prior to beginning the MSAT program). Students must maintain a 3.2 GPA to begin the MSAT program in Year 4.
- Download this Grad Map to help you plan your schedule and graduate with your bachelor's AND master's degree in just 5 years!
- Students can receive up to 25 experiential credits for RHS major courses through completion of the first year of MSAT coursework. Be sure to know which courses you'll receive credit for so that you don't take these RHS courses.
- Note: Students will also need 15 upper-division electives.
List of suggested electives for RHS/MSAT 3+2 students.
- Begin the MSAT program (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters)
- Receive your bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences at the end of your fourth year (Summer term). Up to 25 credits of the MSAT courses will count toward the completion of the bachelor's degree.
Note: Beginning in Year 4, students will no longer be eligible to receive undergraduate scholarships or grants. Students will be considered graduate students for all financial aid and start paying MSAT (graduate) tuition and fees.
Although this may seem like a financial disadvantage on the forefront, the 3+2 program ultimately saves students money. This is because the 3+2 program completely elimates their final year of having to pay undergraduate tuition and fees.
Students get to start and finish their MSAT degree one year sooner = less overall student loans!
- Complete the second year of the MSAT program (Fall and Spring semesters)
- Earn your Master of Science in Athletic Training degree at the end of your fifth year!
- Graduate at the end of the spring semester and present your thesis at a professional conference!
Great care is in demand. Be Brilliant.
Meet with an academic advisor or program director to get started today!
We are here to help you! If you have questions or are interested in learning more about our RHS + MSAT degrees, please connect with us today and start pursuing your dream tomorrow!
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Dr. Conrad Gabler
MSAT Program Director
Swenson Building (SW)