School of Health and Medical Sciences

Seton Hall University offers three options for a dual-degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.). This five-year program offers students an opportunity to study in a traditional liberal arts environment, as well as in a major healthcare environment.

Athletic trainers, with the supervision of attending and/or consulting physicians, play an integral role in sports healthcare. Through extensive preparation in both academic and practical experience, the athletic trainer provides athletes with services and education for injury prevention, evaluation of athletic trauma, immediate care and rehabilitation. The athletic trainer is a specialized member of the sports medicine team who may work in a variety of settings, including secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports teams and industrial settings. The American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as a health profession.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) is intended to prepare graduates to critically analyze and convey information to patients, colleagues and other health professionals. These clinicians provide a broad range of patient-care services, as well as perform research and administrative responsibilities. The mission of the M.S.A.T. program at Seton Hall is to prepare clinicians to provide physically active individuals with the highest quality of care in the areas of prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.

The professional phase of the M.S.A.T. program includes academic courses and clinical practica in athletic training, some of which will be off-campus. As a student in this program, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform as entry-level practitioners who can adapt to the rapid changes in the profession and healthcare delivery system. Upon completion of this M.S.A.T. program, you will be thoroughly prepared for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification Examination.

PREPARATION

Admission to the program is open to applicants who successfully complete a high school college-preparatory curriculum, including courses in the social sciences, biology, mathematics, physics, English, a foreign language and chemistry. SAT scores are required of all applicants. International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Applicants are encouraged to volunteer or work under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer in an athletic setting or other healthcare setting to strengthen interpersonal skills and develop an understanding of the needs and capabilities of patients and the role of the athletic trainer.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is unique because it accepts students for enrollment in the entire program. Students who maintain the preferred overall GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate, successfully complete the requirements for the undergraduate program, and meet the essential functions* of the M.S.A.T. program, is guaranteed admission into the professional phase of the program. Due to a limit on the number of athletic training students in each entering freshman class, admission into the program is highly selective.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

All applicants are required to observe 50 hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in an athletic or other healthcare setting. The observational experience can be completed anytime prior to entering the professional phase of the program. For the curriculum, visit our web site at: artsci.shu.edu/biology/at.htm.  Also required is a current certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescurer.

Option I

B.S. in Biology

All students choosing Option I must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.S. degree in biology, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study to complete the program within the five-year time frame.

Option II

B.A. in Biology

All students choosing Option II must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.A. degree in biology, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study to complete the program within the five-year time frame.

Option III

B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences

All students choosing Option III must fulfill the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departmental requirements for a B.A. degree in social and behavioral sciences, as well as all prerequisites for the M.S.A.T. program. You can choose psychology or sociology as an area of concentration in your undergraduate program. Your adviser will assist you in planning your course of study in order to complete the program within the five-year time frame.

For questions about the curricula in biology, contact:

Dr. Gerald Ruscingno
Director of Health Professions
College of Arts and Sciences
(973) 275-2015
E-mail: gerald.ruscingno@shu.edu
Web: Department of Biological Sciences


For questions about the curriculum in social and behavioral sciences, contact:

Ms. Joan K. Brennan, MPA
Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences Programs in Athletic Training and Occupational Therapy
College of Arts and Sciences
(973) 761-9579
E-mail: joan.brennan@shu.edu
Web: B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences Website
 
To request your application, contact:
 
Enrollment Services
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
1-800-THE-HALL (out of state)
(973) 761-9332 (in-state)
Apply: admissions.shu.edu

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