Admission Information


Graduate Programs

Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.  Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and management of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.  

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program and pass a national exam administered by the Board of Certification.  Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic exercise, modalities, and nutrition.  Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. 


  • New position growth is expected to increase by 19% nationally and 24% in Pennsylvania by 2022
  • As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase
  • A variety of work environment options...educational services, ambulatory healthcare services, hospitals, fitness and recreational sports centers, and spectator sports


  • Interdisciplinary faculty that include a pharmacist, physical therapist, and exercise physiologists
  • Curricular design includes two semesters of cadaver dissection and musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment as well as courses in pharmacology and exercise prescription and nutrition
  • Experienced athletic training faculty who are committed to athletic training education and student learning.
  • Clinical experiences that culminate into a final semester internship that aligns with the student’s career and professional goals


To complete the application process, students must submit:

  • Official college transcript(s) (must have a 3.0 or higher GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a certified athletic trainer)
  • Statement of Professional Goals (750 words or less)
  • GRE scores- (50th percentile recommended for admission)
  • Applicants should use the university / program code of 1978 so that GRE scores are automatically reported to the program.
  • CPR/Professional Rescuer for the healthcare provider
  • Documentation of 75 observation hours in athletic training


  1. ATCASCreate an account in ATCAS and follow the directions to complete the application. 
    All of your supporting materials are submitted through ATCAS.
  2. Submit an official transcript for all university coursework to ATCAS.
    Transcripts should be mailed to: 
    P.O. Box 9132
    Watertown, MA 02471


Enrollment in the MS-AT program is limited. Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of admission requirements, including prerequisite coursework; academic ability; evidence of potential for future practice as an athletic trainer; evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, letters of recommendation; and interview performance.  

Exceptions to the admission requirements, including prerequisite course requirements, will be made on an individual basis.

Technical standards for completion of the MS-AT program can be found here.


  • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology with labs
  • One course in general psychology
  • One course in physiology of exercise
  • One course in biomechanics or kinesiology
  • One course in nutrition
  • One introductory health course
  • 12 credits of laboratory science, including:
    • at least one course in biology
    • at least one course in chemistry or physics

Program Requirements

Didactic Courses 45 Credits
ATTR600: Fundamentals in Athletic Training 4 credits
ATTR630: Evidence-based Medicine 1 credit
ATTR622: Functional Anatomy 1 4 credits
ATTR664: Evaluation Techniques 1 3 credits
ATTR672: Therapeutic Interventions 1 4 credits
ATTR642: Functional Anatomy 2 4 credits
ATTR665: Evaluation Techniques 2 3 credits
ATTR673: Therapeutic Interventions 2 4 credits
ATTR660: General Medical Conditions 3 credits
ATTR604: Administration and Organization 3 credits
ATTR615: Current Issues in Athletic Training 3 credits
HLTH632: Psychology of Injury and Illness 3 credits
HLTH663: Applied Sport and Exercise Science 3 credits
HLTH615: Introduction to Pharmacology 3 credits
Clinical courses 15 credits
ATTR653: Clinical Experience 1 3 credits
ATTR654: Clinical Experience 2 3 credits
ATTR655: Clinical Experience 3 3 credits
ATTR656: Clinical Experience 4

6 credits

For additional information, please contact Program Director, Eric Lippincott at

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a 100% online, CACREP accredited 60 credit degree program that is designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania (049 PA Code § 49.13). 

Upon graduation from the program, you will have completed the educational requirements for licensure and be ready to fulfill the remainder of the Pennsylvania state requirements for licensure as a professional counselor. The program is consistent with other state licensure codes and a non-Pennsylvania student may be license eligible in another state as a counselor.  In addition, upon successful completion of the program and passing the National Counselor Examination, you will be able to submit your final transcript to NBCC and receive your National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.


  • Help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and other relationships
  • Help clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives
  • The need for mental health counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition)


  • Accredited by CACREP
  • The only public university in Pennsylvania to offer an online CMHC program
  • Have the opportunity to be a national certified counselor (NCC) upon successful completion of the program and passing the National Counselor Examination
  • No campus visits or residencies
  • Synchronous technology promotes the best of both worlds (flexibility for working professionals and/or families and real-time interactions and collaboration with faculty and peers)


To complete the application process, students must submit:

  1. Online application

  2. Official college transcripts (3.0 GPA or higher)*

  3. Three letters of recommendation that include the following:
    (a) Letters must be professional and diverse (please include letters from individuals who can attest to your professional and educational experience)
    (b) Letters need to be personal to the candidate and our program.
    (c) Letters must discuss the applicant's inter and intra personal skills.
    (d) Letter must discuss the applicant's aptitude for success in an online graduate program.

  4. Statement of professional goals
    (a) Describe your preparation for graduate school work (education, work and/or volunteer experience)
    (b) Your professional career goals.
    (c) How this graduate program will help you meet your goals.

  5. Successful completion of a faculty interview

    *Applicants with a a 2.75 -2.99 GPA will be considered if their undergraduate degree was earned more than five years prior to application and/or they have relevant professional experience (with outstanding recommendation letters from supervisors/colleagues) in the mental health field.  Anyone with a GPA between 2.75-2.99 must submit an official GRE score to be considered for program admission.  If admitted to the graduate program with an undergraduate GPA score between 2.75 and 2.99, students will enter on probation.  This means they need to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better in their first 9 credit hours to remain in good academic standing and matriculate into the program.

All application materials must be submitted to:

Lock Haven University
Office of Admissions
Lock Haven, PA  17745

For additional information, please contact Dr. Kristin Vincenzes at

Health Science

Masters of Health Science (MHS) degree has two concentrations in Health Promotion/Education and Healthcare Management. This 36 credit program can be completed 100% online in one-year with full time enrollment or two-years with part-time enrollment.

Health Science is broadly defined as the study and research of selected components of health and healthcare. The Master of Health Science is an advanced degree in the area of Health Science which focuses on the study and research of health and healthcare in areas such as health promotion/education, healthcare administration and leadership, as well as current issues in Health Science.

Why a Masters in Health Science?

  • US Department of Labor Statistics report a growth rate of 15%  for Medical & Health Services Managers (2014-2024)
  • US Department of Labor Statistics report a growth rate of 12%  for Health Educators, 10% Social/Community Service Managers, and 15% for Community Health Workers (2014-2024)
  • Graduates are prepared to adapt scientific knowledge to develop and administer health programs and policies

Why our program?

  • 100% online
  • Flexible course schedule and course sequence designed to minimize work conflicts
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • Culminating experience in the final semester (Capstone or Advanced Field Experience) aligns with the student’s career and professional goals

Admissions Requirements

Successful admission to the MHS program will be determined based on several factors including successful completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, evidence of ability to work with people, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must have achieved a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, they must complete an application for admission to the program which include official transcripts from all institutions attended, letters of recommendations, and a personal mission statement. Completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee of the program. Applicants will be required to complete an interview with the admissions committee prior to selection into the program.

Admittance to Program

  • Complete an online application
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal mission statement – one page in length

Requirements for Candidacy

To earn candidacy into the MHS degree students must successfully complete 12 credits, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 and successfully complete program requirements within each concentration. 

  • Successfully complete 12 credits within the MHS Program
  • Grade point average of 3.0/4.0
  • Successful completion of program requirements/ artifacts within selected concentration
  • Successful completion of a degree plan


Physician Assistant


The mission of the Physician Assistant program is to educate and train highly-skilled practitioners who:

  • are capable of providing quality health care
  • have expertise in the health care needs of the medically underserved
  • are prepared to critically evaluate, and become leaders in bringing about improvement in the medical and social systems that affect the health of underserved populations
  • will seek and retain employment as primary care Physician Assistants in medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


To complete the application process, students must submit:

Candidates for the MHS: Physician Assistant program may not apply directly to Lock Haven University.  All required documents must be submitted via CASPA.


  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam (a minimum combined score of 300 and a minimum GRE writing score of 3.5) within the past three years.
  • Satisfactory completion of all prerequisite courses listed below:
    • 2 Courses in General Chemistry
    • 2 Courses of General Biology or Zoology
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
    • Human Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics

While not required, the following courses are recommended as they better prepare students for the rigor of the program:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Physics
  • Additional coursework in the behavioral sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology

Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.  A combined two semester anatomy/physiology is acceptable.

All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation.

Because of the unique nature of the master’s program, transfer credits are not accepted as substituting for any component of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program.

A minimum of five students, enrolled in the Lock Haven University Department of Health Sciences Pre-Physician Assistant Degree Program, meeting the entry requirements of the current 3 + 2 Majors, following a successful interview, are admitted each year. 

Requirements for International Medical Graduates

**The LHU graduate physician assistant program admissions committee reserves the right to make exceptions in extenuating circumstances.**
Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program is limited. Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, residency, evidence of potential for future practice in primary care in medically underserved areas of Pennsylvania, evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, and letters of recommendation. Those candidates who appear most qualified based upon the above factors may be asked for a personal interview.  Shadowing experience with physician assistants is encouraged.  Health care experience, while beneficial, is not a requirement for admission.
Sport Science

The Master of Science in Sport Science offers students three track options, all offered 100% online. 

  • Sport Management 
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology 
  • International Sport Management 

Below you will find student testimonials as well as instructions on what is needed to apply to the Sport Science program.

Admission Process

To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

  • Online application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals

Application materials may be sent electronically to or mailed directly to the following address:

Lock Haven University
Office of Admissions, ATTN: Graduate
401 N Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

*Lock Haven University graduates do not need to request transcripts; the Office of Admissions will do this on your behalf.

Students also have the option of registering for up to three courses as a non-degree seeking student and have those courses automatically transfer to degree seeking status upon official enrollment in the program.  If you would like to register for courses as a non-degree student complete the Walk-In Registration process.

Note:  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid. 


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Graduate Admissions

401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA
(570) 484-2027

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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