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School of Rehabilitation SciencesMaster of Science in Athletic Training-Professional Program

The Master of Science of Athletic Training (MSAT) program at Old Dominion University is a full-time two-year (24 continuous months) course of study that prepares students in the domains of athletic training practice. The program is combination of hybrid and in-person coursework that includes classroom and laboratory instruction, seminars, and clinical experiences. Our faculty are dedicated to excellence in professional teaching, research, and service to the profession, to the university, and to the community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science of Athletic Training program is to develop exceptional clinicians accomplished in the delivery of evidence-informed care, in collaboration with other healthcare providers, for diverse client/patient populations with a variety of health conditions.

Our vision is to:

  • Create clinicians that prioritize the needs of the patient within policy development and clinical decision-making to address quality of health and wellbeing across the lifespan.
  • Develop scholarly clinicians that are dedicated to creation, dissemination, and appraisal of new knowledge within the field.
  • Prepare healthcare providers that are capable advocates for themselves, their patients, and the profession.
  • Promote the core competencies in the delivery of care in pursuit of the IHI Triple Aim of healthcare.


Information for Prospective Students




Students are admitted to the program after completion of a bachelor's degree and prerequisite course work. Application review begins on October 15 of each year and will continue on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Admission into the program is competitive.

Application to the program occurs via Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). The ATCAS website will be open to applicants July 1 each year. Please note, graduate record examination (GRE) scores are NOT required for admission to the program. Please follow the directions for application found at the ATCAS site.


Admission Requirements

Students must have:

  1. A completed application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) that includes transcripts, resume & cover letter, statement of interest in the ODU MSAT program, verification of 15 clock hours of observation with an athletic trainer, three recommendations from professional or academic references, and documentation of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED Certification) at the level of a healthcare professional)

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  2. A bachelor's degree and official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended at a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent foreign institution.

  3. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework.

  4. Completion of the following pre-requisites at Old Dominion University or another regionally-accredited institution, with a minimum grade of C in each course, and a minimum pre-requisite grade point average of 3.0 (the first five are laboratory sciences courses):

    • Biology (with lab)
    • Chemistry (with lab)
    • Physics (with lab)
    • Anatomy OR Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)
    • Physiology OR Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)
    • Biomechanics OR Kinesiology
    • Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    Athletic training student learning how to use a syringe on a dummy.


Julie Cavallario

Julie Cavallario

Director

Dr. Julie Cavallario currently serves as the director of the Professional Athletic Training Program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from SUNY Cortland in 2003, and her Master of Education in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University in 2005. She received her Ph.D. in Human Movement Science from Old Dominion University in 2015. Her primary research area of interest is in effective clinical education practices in professional athletic training education. Dr. Cavallario has previously worked clinically, primarily with men's lacrosse, and is also a former staff member of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). She resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and two sons.



Jessica Martinez

Jessica Martinez

Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Jessica Martinez currently serves as the director of clinical education for the athletic training program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Boston University in 2006, and her Master of Science in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University in 2008. Following graduation, she worked clinically at Providence College for three years before obtaining her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from University of Connecticut in 2015. Her research interests include lower extremity injury prevention, specifically implementation of preventative training programs and addressing barriers to implementation. She resides in Norfolk, VA.




Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann

Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Dr. Ryan McCann serves as an assistant professor and director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Northern Kentucky University in 2008. Afterwards, he earned his Master of Science in Education in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University in 2010. Following graduation he remained in the Hampton Roads area for 3 years, working as an outreach athletic trainer at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. He later earned his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2017. Dr. McCann's research interests include clinical prediction of recurrent injuries in athletes and neuromuscular alterations following lower extremity injuries. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA.




Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

Coordinator of Admissions for the School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor Tom Campbell currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University where he is also actively pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2012, then went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from ESU in 2013. Most recently, Tom was employed by Bridgewater College where he acted as an Assistant Athletic Trainer then a Visiting Assistant Professor. Tom's primary research interests include concussion biomarkers and the improvement of concussion prevention, diagnosis, and management practices. Originally from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, Tom currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.



The professional MSAT program at Old Dominion University admitted its first cohort of students during the 2019-2020 academic year. All of our programmatic outcomes can also be viewed on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education's webpage via this link: https://caate.net/program-info/602/ This page is updated annually each summer once outcomes data becomes available.

Student BOC Pass Rate

2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 0 3 8 11
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 0 3 6 9
Number of students who passed the examination on first attempt. 0 2 6 8
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 0 67 100 89
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 0 2 6 8
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of number of attempts. 0 67 100 89

Student Retention Rate

Measures the percentage of students who have enrolled in the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies in the program the following academic year.

2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 4 10 8 22
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 4 9 8 21
Program retention rate (%) 100 90 100 95
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 (if applicable)
Program retention rate (%)

Student Graduation Rate

Graduation rate (taken from the United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased.)

2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 0 3 8 11
Student graduation rate (%) 0 100 89 92

Graduate Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

Employment/Placement rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased.)

2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 0 2 6 8
Student Employment/Placement rate as AT (%) 0 67 75 73
Number of students employed as other 0 1 2 3
Student Employment/Placement rate as other (%) 0 33 25 27
Student Employed Rate Regardless of Position Type (%) 0 100 100 100
Number of students not employed 0 0 0 0
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 0 0 0 0


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