Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The curriculum for Monmouth’s M.S. in Athletic Training includes 36 total weeks of clinical experience broken up over the course of two years.
What are the prerequisites for this program?
- Prerequisites: Successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better: Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 & 2), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Psychology, Medical Terminology, and Statistics. Note: all science courses must have a laboratory component.
- Clinical Observation Hours: Prior to enrollment, have a minimum of 50 hours of shadowing/clinical experience under the direction of a certified and state licensed athletic trainer.
How many students are accepted each year?
The class size will be 12-24 students. Students will be accepted based upon their performance in pre-requisites and general undergraduate degree program, completion of clinical observations hours, three letters of reference, letter of intent and interview.
How can I apply to the program?
To apply to Monmouth’s Athletic Training (AT) program, you can submit an application online through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) or the Monmouth University application by February 1.
What is the program’s accreditation status?
Monmouth University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on June 30, 2020. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
What kind of preceptors will students work with?
Students will work with preceptors during the second half of each semester. Monmouth is affiliated with locally prominent physicians, orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, and hospitals that will provide students with a variety of practice settings. Through competitive high school sports programs throughout the state, students will gain exposure to unique activities such as lacrosse, surfing, volleyball, crew, fencing, wrestling, field hockey, and ice hockey.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held in brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs housed at the Monmouth University Graduate Center with several other health care masters program’s (nursing, physician assistant, and speech pathology and language). The Graduate Center is two miles from the main campus, located at:
185 State Highway 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
What experience do faculty have?
Faculty have over 50 years of combined experience with AT accredited programs. Christina Merckx was a program director for Anderson University’s (IN) CAATE-accredited program and a tenured and promoted faculty member while at Anderson and Southeastern Louisiana University. Merckx has also served as faculty member at Cedarville University, and instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi, and East Stroudsburg University. Chuck Whedon helped to develop the CAATE-accredited program at Rowan University and has been a preceptor for graduate students from Seton Hall and Moravian Universities while working in the sports medicine department here at Monmouth University before becoming the Coordinator of Clinical Education.