About The Program

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CBU MSAT Class of 2018 and Class of 2019

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.

Currently, entry-level athletic training programs can be found both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels; however, after 2022 undergraduate programs will no longer be available (CAATE Standard 2: Baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program after the start of the fall term 2022). CBU's ATP was the first entry-level master's program in California and one of the few in the Western United States. In 2018, CBU graduated its 10th class of MSAT students.

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.

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New Athletic Training Classrooms/Labs on Health Science College Campus

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 high school, 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%
2017-18 17 88% 100%
5 Year Aggregate 95 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.

Mission Statement

The California Baptist University Athletic Training Program empowers students to live their purpose as allied health professionals in a nurturing faith-based environment.  Graduates will provide whole person care by developing their clinical expertise and skill, using evidence based curriculum with high academic standards and high quality clinical experiences.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate competency and proficiency in Athletic Training skills and become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.
    2. Develop and apply a clinical philosophy that includes Practice-Based Evidence/Evidence-Based Practice and sound clinical decision making.
    3. Model and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, an integration of faith and whole patient care.
    4. Engage in a diverse number of clinical experiences.
    5. Practice advanced Athletic Training clinical skills including various manual therapies.
    6. Develop effective interprofessional communication, values and ethics for interprofessional practice, articulation of roles and responsibilities of interprofessional team members and perform effectively in interprofessional teams.
    7. Secure employment in the field of athletic training and remain in the athletic training profession.
    8. Participate in scholarly activities including action research and disseminate new evidence to the larger athletic training and healthcare communities.


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)