Q1: Who is eligible to apply to the Graduate Sports Medicine program?
A1: Student graduating from an accredited Athletic Training program and therefore student is already BOC certified or eligible for BOC certification.
Q2: Do I need to take the GRE?
A2: Yes, please have scores sent to GSU. There is no official minimum score for admittance. Scores should be received prior to January 15th application deadline.
Q3: What type of Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions are available?
A3: Depends on the year of admittance, but we have Division I and III college and university positions, along with both private and public high school positions.
Q4: How do I apply for a GA position?
A4: Depends on the position you are interested in, check directions under Clinical Settings link on the Sports Medicine webpage. (http://education.gsu.edu/kin/6213.html)
Q5: How much is the stipend for a GA position?
A5: $10,200 per year
Q6: Do I have to pay for tuition?
A6: No, we offer a full tuition waiver (we even cover out-of-state tuition). You are only responsible for student fees every term. Fees are approximately $800 for summer, and $1,100 for fall and spring terms.
Q7: When do classes start and end?
A7: You must begin class during the summer term. Classes begin early June and last until late July for summer term. Classes begin late August and last until early December for fall term. Classes begin early January and last until early May for spring term.
Q8: When are classes?
A8: Classes are typically Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We try to have you out of class by 1:30pm in order for you to get to your clinical site.
Q9: Do I have to complete a research project?
A9: Yes, you are required to complete a research project in order to graduate.
Q10: Do I need to get licensed in the state of Georgia?
A10: You do need to get licensed by the Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers if you would like to get paid for any contract work outside of your GA position.
Q11: What if I am already CPR Professional Rescuer Certified by the American Red Cross?
A11: You need to be sure that you are also Emergency Response Certified. The Program will require you to have CPR/AED, First Aid, and Emergency Response certifications by taking a class your first summer term. If you have one, but not the other, your professor will allow you to miss that portion of the class.
Q12: Will we be required to complete observation hours in surgery and with other physicians?
A12: Yes. Each spring and fall term you will take a course called Practicum. The course has requirements such as: attending a professional meeting, completing a volunteer activity, shadowing physicians, and observing a surgery.
Q13: Do I need to have Liability Insurance?
A13: It is highly recommended that you have your own liability insurance as you are working under the license of your clinical supervisors. Most contract work will also require you to do so. Along with many other companies, the NATA can offer this for you. Please see: https://www.personal-plans.com/nata/welcome.do.