Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the accreditation status of the ATP?
The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at CBU received initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (http://www.caate.net/) in August 2009. In June 2014, the ATP received a ten-year CAATE accreditation.
2. What are the prerequisites for the ATP?
Prerequisite Courses: Completed with a C grade or better within the past eight years.
Human Anatomy & Human Physiology with Lab (1 year)
Health and Wellness or Nutrition
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (with Lab Activities)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification
Clinical Observation – 150 documented hours in at least two different Athletic Training settings supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer (to ensure applicants have a true understanding of the athletic training profession.)
3. How do I apply for the ATP?
Applications are accepted and reviewed in an ongoing fashion. Applications are available either online or by visiting the Office of Graduate Admissions on the campus of California Baptist University. Completed applications must be submitted by either November 15 for Priority Consideration or January 10, along with all required materials (letters of recommendation, volunteer/observation verification, transcripts, essay, etc). Complete applications are then reviewed by the ATP Admissions Committee and qualified applicants are invited for an on-campus interview. At the completion of the interview process successful applicants are notified of their selection for admission into the ATP beginning the following semester.
4. How many students are accepted each year?
CBU's ATP will accept up to a maximum of 20 students each year.
5. What if I am an out-of-state student?
Equal consideration is given to in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Tuition is the same for out of state students.
6. Where is the ATP housed?
The Athletic Training program is housed on the Health Science Campus (adjacent to CBU's main campus) at 3532 Madsion Ave, Riverside, CA.
7. When do classes start?
Classes begin in the middle of June each year.
8. What should I get my Bachelor's degree in if I want to apply to the CBU Master of Athletic Training Program?
Your degree can be in any discipline as long as you meet the prerequisite coursework. Common choices are kinesiology, health science, human performance, exercise science, and biology. We strongly suggest that students consider obtaining a teaching credential as most of the high school athletic training positions require a credential for employment as a teacher as well as an athletic trainer.
9. What type of patients do students work with during the program?
Each student completes a minimum of eight clinical experiences while in the ATP. Each experience will provide exposure to a different athletic training setting. Students will experience high school, collegiate, clinic, and general medical environments through a variety of sites in the Inland Empire area and beyond. These assignments are categorized based on exposure to general medical experiences, varying levels of risk, a variety of different populations including genders, and protective equipment.
10. Where do ATP graduates find employment?
ATP graduates find employment in the following settings:
Professional sport (NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS)
Olympic sport (USOC, Olympic Training Centers)
Collegiate sport (NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA)
High Schools and Clinics across the United States
Sales (athletic training related equipment, surgical supplies, etc.)
Military settings (training centers)
11. Can I work while completing the program?
Students may consider working a part-time job, but should remember that this is a full-time, rigorous degree program.
12. Is the GRE required for admission?
GRE scores are not required for application or admission to the ATP unless students do not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirements.
13. What is the typical schedule during a given semester?
Typically, students attend classes in the morning and spend the afternoons and some weekends at their clinical sites. The time commitment and schedule for clinical experiences will vary depending on the site and preceptor the student is assigned to in a given semester. CLICK HERE for the course sequence.
14. What is the cost of the program?
Approximately $42,000 based on 2016-2017 tuition
$615 per unit, $500 per semester program fee, $355 per semester general fee
15. What do you look for in applicants or those accepted into the program?
The ATP is committed to admitting the most qualified incoming students each year. The primary focus is to find students who will succeed academically, and who have a strong understanding of and a commitment to the profession of athletic training. While applicants will have a variety of backgrounds and experience levels in Athletic Training, all qualified applicants will have an accurate understanding of what it means to be an athletic trainer. Fulfillment of the basic admissions requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance into the ATP is based on a scoring system calculated from grade point average (cumulative and prerequisite courses), completion of all prerequisite courses, completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, athletic training observation experience, resume, essay with career goals and understanding of the AT profession, letters of recommendation, and interview scores.
16. Is the admissions process very competitive?
The admissions process is competitive. Qualified applicants not admitted to the program may be put on an alternate list for consideration if spots become available prior to the beginning of each summer semester.
17. Where can I find additional information?
Additional information can be found online at www.calbaptist.edu/AT. The Office of Graduate Admissions can provide you with printed brochures, applications, and other program materials. You may contact the Athletic Training Program Director, Dr. Nicole MacDonald, at email@example.com, or at 951.343.4379.