About The Program

Thank you for your interest in CBU's Master of Science Athletic Training. Our program is an entry level master's degree program designed to prepare students for entry into the athletic training profession according to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Individuals who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from a CAATE-accredited program and pass a national certification exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). The CBU Athletic Training Program (ATP) received CAATE accreditation in August 2009. In June 2014, ATP received a ten-year CAATE accreditation.

Entry-level athletic training programs can be found both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Currently, there are fewer than thirty entry-level graduate programs in the United States. CBU's ATP is the first entry-level master's program in California and one of the few in the Western United States.

The academic program is a two-year sequence of didactic and clinical experiences intended for college graduates who hold a bachelor's degree and meet the prerequisite requirements for admission. Educational courses are offered in a traditional format on the Riverside campus of California Baptist University. Clinical experiences involve hands-on application of skills within a variety of settings. All students are required to complete a minimum of 900 clinical education hours over a two-year period under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. All students will complete clinical rotations categorized by exposure to general medical experiences, varying levels of risk, a variety of different populations including genders, and protective equipment.

In addition to being offered in the dynamic atmosphere of one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the western United States, the CBU ATP offers the following distinctive benefits:

Diverse Clinical Experiences

Students complete a minimum of eight (8) clinical experiences while in the two-year ATP. Each experience will provide exposure to different professional athletic training settings. One of the strengths of this program is that the clinical sites provide athletic training students exceptional experiences that will enhance their learning and prepare them beyond the classroom. Individuals will serve as athletic training students in junior college, university, clinic, and hospital environments at various sites near the CBU campus.

Professional Preparation

The CBU ATP is designed to prepare students not only for the BOC. certification exam but also for careers as highly skilled athletic trainers who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the demands of this competitive profession. Once certified, students are qualified to work in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, and industrial/military settings.

BOC Pass Rates

Year Number of Graduates First Time Pass Rate Overall Pass Rate
2011-12 20 95% 100%
2012-13 18 89% 100%
2013-14 20 100% 100%
2014-15 19 95% 100%
2015-16 20 95% 100%
2016-17 19 100% 100%
5 Year Aggregate 97 96% 100%

Whole Person Care

Athletic Training Students (ATS) at CBU are trained to be allied health professionals who give comprehensive care to the person in need, not just the injury or illness. As a Christian university, we look at the example Jesus gave in modeling whole person care. Our students are taught to not only look at the physical impediment but also see the person that needs care.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. To master the affective, cognitive and psychomotor competencies and clinical proficiencies.
    2. To develop effective communication skills in disseminating information accurately and professionally.
    3. To convert didactic knowledge into appropriate decision-making abilities.
    4. To be exposed to a diverse number of clinical experiences.
    5. To promote professional development and prepare them for the work force.
    6. To prepare students to sit for the NATA-BOC exam to become a certified athletic trainer.
    7. To foster a lifestyle of health and wellness within students.

Job Opportunities

Contact the Program Director for more information on job opportunities related to the Athletic Training program.

Information Session

Please join us for an Athletic Training Program Information Session.

Nicole MacDonald, Dr.P.H., ATC, CSCS
Director, Athletic Training Program

Additional Resources

Board of Certification (BOC)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)