Athletic Training Transition to a Master’s-Level Professional Degree
Updates as of September 2017
Penn State is approaching its forecasted master’s-level professional degree transition in a staged progression. Under ideal circumstances, the Athletic Training major anticipates completing its transition from an undergraduate to a graduate professional program in 2019-2020. Penn State projects potentially admitting its first graduate cohort in Fall Semester of 2019 (at the very earliest), or the following Fall Semester 2020. Given this projection, Penn State could potentially admit its last undergraduate cohort in Fall Semester 2018 (at the very earliest), or the following Fall Semester 2019. This estimated timetable is tentative, and subject to change.
Projected Sequential Approach for Transitioning (estimated timetable: tentative, and subject to change)
While the faculty are actively seeking to develop this program, it is subject to approval by the University, and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education before students can be admitted.
Updates as of September 2016
Given the AT Strategic Alliance’s recent mandate requiring the entry-level degree to be at the master’s level, we are tentatively targeting to transition from an undergraduate to a graduate degree curriculum when our program is due for reaccreditation during the 2018-19 cycle. While this is our favored objective, it is not concrete, and is dependent upon many variable factors, including numerous administrate processes that would need to take place at the University to be able to realize this initiative at Penn State in the respective timeline. We are certainly not alone in this matter as many institutions, particularly those most similar to Penn State, are undergoing the same challenges.
The 2015-16 academic year was dedicated to benchmarking various athletic training master’s-level professional degree programs, and taking part in a number of curricular forums aimed at undergoing such a transition. This upcoming year will be focused on having external consultants visit Penn State, and provide recommendations for facilitating this endeavor. That said, we are still diligently working, and navigating as best as we can through this complex change in our profession’s educational landscape. We hope to have more to share with c
urrent, and potential students in a timely fashion. Please visit this site periodically for related updates.
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