Athletic Training (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a graduate program for students interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Athletic trainers provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice. These include prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health and well-being. Students who complete the program become eligible for national certification by successfully completing the Board of Certification, Inc. examination.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies. Additionally, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Three professional references, with at least one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Documented observation of an athletic trainer (ATC) in the professional setting for a minimum of 30 hours
  • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED) Certification or Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Completion of a criminal background check
  • A personal interview
  • Grade of C or better in the following courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Research/Statistical Methods (3 credits)
    • Basic Nutrition (3 credits)
    • General Physics with lab (4 credits)
    • Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • General psychology (3 credits)
  • Students will show proof of a physical examination that verifies the student can safely meet the physical and technical skills required by an athletic training student and provide evidence of Hepatitis B immunization before placed a clinical site.

The course of study will be a 24-month program beginning during the summer semester. Students will complete a total of four semesters and two summer sessions, integrating a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Students are required to complete each semester sequentially, with full-time enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring/Summer SemesterCredits
ATR 5110 Pathophysiology of Sports Injuries 3
ATR 5115 Acute Care of Athletic Injuries 3
ATR 5149 Pre-Season Integrative Experience I 1
 Credits7
Fall Semester
ATR 5125 Orthopedic Assessment 3
ATR 5130 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
ATR 5150 Intergrative Experience in Athletic Training I 4
 Credits10
Winter Semester
ATR 5140 Anatomical Basis of Sports Medicine 3
ATR 5145 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
ATR 5151 Intergrative Experience in Athletic Training II 4
 Credits10
Second Year
Spring/Summer Semester
ATR 5215 Medical and Pharmacologic Interventions 3
ATR 5250 Interprofessional Practice Experience 2
ATR 5159 Pre-Season Integrative Experience II 1
NUR 7035 Family Centered Health Promotion and Risk-reduction 3
 Credits9
Fall Semester
ATR 5135 Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training 3
ATR 5225 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training 3
ATR 5251 Intergrative Experience in Athletic Training III 4
 Credits10
Winter Semester
ATR 5230 Transition to Practice 3
ATR 5252 Clinical Immersion in Athletic Training 6
 Credits9
 Total Credits55