Master of Science in Athletic Training
The Master of Science in Athletic Training program at Lock Haven University is housed within the Department of Health Science. Graduates of the program are highly-educated healthcare professionals who are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam and gain employment as a certified/licensed athletic trainer upon program completion. The program emphasizes academic rigor, evidence-based practice, and clinical decision making. Lock Haven University athletic training students have the opportunity to learn from high-quality faculty and clinical instructors in state of the art classroom and clinical settings.
Lock Haven University is applying to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to transfer its accreditation from the Bachelor of Science to the Master of Science program. Full accreditation of the MS-AT is expected during the 2016-2017 academic year. LHU’s bachelor program in athletic training most recently went through accreditation review during the 2012-2013 academic year and is next due for a full accreditation review during the 2022-2023 academic year.
The Athletic Training Program at Lock Haven University was developed and sustained through the efforts of Mr. David Tomasi (pictured below). The program was initially recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in the fall of 1977. At this time, Mr. Tomasi was the sole athletic trainer involved with the program. There were approximately eight students enrolled. By 1980, a second certified athletic trainer was employed at the University in the Athletic Training Program.
Both certified athletic trainers were appointed faculty rank and given release time to perform athletic training duties. During this time, the program continued to flourish with 24 Athletic Training Students formally enrolled in the program. Currently the Athletic Training Program has six full-time, tenured faculty members. Through the efforts of Mr. Tomasi and the other Health Science faculty, the program has grown to enroll approximately 45 Athletic Training Students. In December of 1998, David Tomasi retired from his position of Program Director. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame in 2001 for his service to LHU, his students, and the profession of athletic training. Mr. Tomasi passed away in the spring of 2002 but will always be remembered as the father of LHU's Athletic Training Program.