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Graduate Assistantships

The Athletic Training Program sponsors a variety of funded graduate assistantship opportunities for BOC certified and Arizona Board of Athletic Training state licensed athletic trainers. Students applying to the Athletic Training Program are encouraged to apply for a funded graduate assistantship. Numerous graduate assistantships are available at local high schools and colleges and generally require 20-30 hours of work / week. Funding for graduate assistantships ranges from approximately $8,000 to $17,000 annually (average = $12,200 / year). Tuition waivers are not available and the graduate assistantship employer pays funding directly to the student. Applicants interested in obtaining a graduate assistantship are encouraged to complete the admissions process early, and to sit for the BOC Certification exam in February or April. Graduate Assistant positions are reserved for those students who have officially accepted an offer of admission and completed all requirements as listed below.

Requirements

  • Accepted an offer of admission for the Arizona School of Health Sciences Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program
  • BOC certified athletic trainer
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Arizona
  • All admission requirements (immunizations, health insurance, etc.)
  • Any other employer related requirements.

Availability and Funding

Graduate Assistant positions are competitive and based on several criteria, including:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Availability of Graduate Assistantship positions (First-come first-serve)

*Funding for Graduate Assistantships is provided by the employer (i.e. high school, college, clinic).

Graduate Assistantship application PDF

Locations

 

Any questions regarding Athletic Training Graduate Assistantships should be directed to:

Barton Anderson, MS, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 219-6033
Fax (480) 219-6100
Email: banderson@atsu.edu

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to be a BOC certified ATC and licensed in Arizona to obtain a Graduate Assistantship?
  2. What if I am not certified before August 1?
  3. What is a typical day like for a Graduate Assistantship?
  4. When do I start work for my Graduate Assistantship?
  5. Do I receive a tuition waiver with my Graduate Assistantship?
  6. Can I have a Graduate Assistantship and also do Clinical Rotations?
  7. How long is a typical Graduate Assistantship position?
  8. Can I have a part-time job while I have my Graduate Assistantship?
  9. Does my Graduate Assistantship provide me with Liability Insurance?
  10. Do I have to be licensed before I start my Graduate Assistantship?
  11. Is there information regarding state licensure in Arizona that I should be aware of?
  12. What is the process for obtaining a Graduate Assistantship?

Answers:

  1. Do I have to be a BOC certified ATC and licensed in Arizona to obtain a Graduate Assistantship?

    Yes. Graduate Assistantships are open only to BOC certified and Arizona state licensed athletic trainers.
  2. What if I am not certified and licensed before August 1st?

    If you are not certified and licensed before August 1st, it is likely that you will not be hired as a graduate assistant. The high schools, colleges, universities, and clinics we coordinate graduate assistantship opportunities with are looking for certified and licensed athletic trainers. Therefore, the employer will likely not hire someone who is not ready to begin work as a certified athletic trainer at the beginning of August.
  3. What is a typical day like for a Graduate Assistantship?

    Graduate Assistantships vary in their schedules and amount of hours worked per week. Many of our available positions require the student to work daily, and average 20-30 hours per week. Other positions work 2-3 days a week and average 10-15 hours a week. Students working daily will obviously be busier than students only working 2-3 days a week. Typically, courses in the Athletic Training Program are scheduled between 7am and 1pm. It is common that after class a graduate assistant will leave the ATSU campus and head to his/her site to begin work around 2:00pm. The graduate assistant will then work until all events are complete. Some weekend work is required, depending on the specific site and the sports schedules..
  4. When do I start work for my Graduate Assistantship?

    Exact start dates for graduate assistantships are determined by the place of employment. However, as a general rule, a student should be ready to report to his/her place of employment by August 1st. This means that certification (BOC), state licensure, and fingerprinting must be completed by the August 1st deadline.
  5. Do I receive a tuition waiver with my Graduate Assistantship?

    No. Tuition waivers are not available at A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences.
  6. Can I have a Graduate Assistantship and also do Clinical Rotations?

    Yes. It is possible to have a graduate assistantship and to participate in Clinical Rotations as well. It is easier for students who are 2-3 days a week graduate assistants to participate in Clinical Rotations than daily graduate assistants because of the time constraints associated with daily positions.
  7. How long is a typical Graduate Assistantship position?

    Graduate Assistantship positions are one year terms with the high school, college, or clinic with the option for the employer to renew for a second year. In general, it is expected that the graduate assistantship will be renewed, and the student will spend a total of two years at that Graduate Assistantship. There is no switching of Graduate Assistantships after one year.
  8. Can I have a part-time job while I have my Graduate Assistantship?

    Some students are able to manage a part-time job in addition to the requirements of the Athletic Training Program and either Graduate Assistantship or Clinical Rotation responsibilities. However, this is a personal decision that depends on the individual student. Occasionally, there are opportunities for per diem work (e.g., tournaments, one day sporting events, etc.), where students are able to make extra money.
  9. Does my Graduate Assistantship provide me with Liability Insurance?

    Whether or not a Graduate Assistantship provides liability insurance is dependent upon the place of employment and should be verified by the student seeking the graduate assistantship. It is strongly recommended that each student who accepts a Graduate Assistantship purchase his/her own liability insurance. The following links are to liability insurance companies. A.T. Still Univerisity/Arizona School of Health Sciences does not have a financial interest in any of these companies and is providing the links for your convenience.
    1. HPSO (Healthcare Providers Service Organization)
    2. MARSH Affinity Group Services
  10. Do I have to be licensed before I start my Graduate Assistantship?

    Yes. You must be licensed by the State of Arizona Board of Athletic Training before you start work as a certified athletic trainer. All application materials must be submitted 5 full business days prior to the monthly meeting, which is generally held on the first Monday of the month. Please visit the State of Arizona Board of Athletic Training (AzBAT) website for more information on the Arizona licensure process.
  11. Is there information regarding state licensure in Arizona that I should be aware of?

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Statutes and Rules of the Arizona Board of Athletic Trainers. State regulations differ between states as well as with the NATA, and it is extremely important to be aware of the Statutes and Rules associated with the state of Arizona.

    In addition, prior to beginning clinical education activities all students are required to complete a Jurisprudence Examination covering the Arizona Athletic Training Statutes and Rules.
  12. What is the process for obtaining a Graduate Assistantship?

    Applicants will be contacted by the Clinical Education Coordinator to discuss possible Graduate Assistantship opportunities after they have been offered admissions into the Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program. Early applicants who gain admissions into the program will therefore have priority for available Graduate Assistantships. Once a Graduate Assistant opportunity has been identified, the potential employer will contact the student for a phone interview. From this point forward, the employer and the applicant must work together to establish employment. A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences does not employ students as Graduate Assistants and does not guarantee Graduate Assistantship employment.

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