MSAT Retention Criteria and Policy
Academic Retention Criteria
MSAT students' academic and clinical progress will be closely monitored each semester. In order to remain in the MSAT program, students must:
1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in athletic training core courses.
3. Students may not earn a "C" grade or lower in any required course containing AT education competencies. Students who earn a grade of "C" or lower in any required course must meet with their academic advisor and petition to continue in the MSAT Program.
Any student who fails to meet the retention criteria will be placed on probation in the MSAT program. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student will be dismissed from the program.
If allowed to repeat a course, the student must earn a grade of B or higher in order to remain in the program. Students will not be allowed to continue in the program until the course is repeated with a grade of a B or higher. For example, if a student earns a "C" in a course only offered in the fall semester, he/she must wait until the course is offered again (the next fall) before proceeding in the program.
Failure to repeat the course, or earn a grade of "B" or better, will result in dismissal from the program.
Students who do not gain good academic standing with the program in the semester following completion of the probation semester will be academically dismissed.
A student who has been dismissed for failure to maintain a GPA 3.0 may petition the AT Faculty Committee to continue in the program: see section below concerning petitions.
4. Adhere to professionalism standards and documents cited in the MSAT Policies and Procedures Manual including but not limited to: the university's academic integrity policies, the NATA Code of Ethics, the BOC's Standards of Practice, course syllabi, to the MSAT Policies and Procedures Manual, and to policies/regulations established at each assigned clinical site. Students with three professional conduct/digression reports may be suspended or dismissed from the program. If students have a history of professional conduct or behavior issues, with a written record of conduct warning or digression reports, and earn a "C" in a course, the student will be required to meet with the faculty to determine if the student can continue.
For minor professionalism infractions, the faculty/staff/preceptor will complete "Student Conduct Warning" form. If a student obtains 3 of these, he/she will be dismissed from the program (3 strikes and you're out rule).
For major professionalism offenses (serious offenses such as a confidentiality breach, etc.) a Student Conduct Digression Report will be completed the student may be dismissed from the program depending on the nature of the offense. The Athletic Training Program faculty committee will make the determination on whether or not the student can repeat the course and continue in the program.
Petitions to Continue in the MSAT Program
Students who wish to submit a petition to continue in the MSAT Program must meet with their Academic Advisor. During that meeting, students should be prepared to discuss how/why plans to regain good academic standing during the probation semester were not successful and develop a specific plan for improvement. The student is responsible for submitting the petition electronically: the petition form is available by clicking or tapping here.
The student's petition to continue in the MSAT Program will be reviewed by the Athletic Training faculty committee. If the committee agrees to approve the student's petition to continue, the Academic Advisor will work with the student to review/revise the student's degree plan and assist with clearing the student for enrollment
Expected Professional Behavior
Students are expected to adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics and to behave professionaly, as described in the MSAT Policies and Procedures Manual.
As there are many different circumstances that may cause a student to withdraw from courses, students are encouraged to consult with the MSAT Graduate Advisor/Program Director (Dr. Krawietz) before withdrawal so that the student's decision to withdraw is fully understood with regards to their current and potential future status in the UTA MSAT program. In all cases, the UTA MSAT program will follow UTA policies and procedures concerning withdrawal, available for review by clicking or tapping here.