Athletic Training (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a graduate level professional program for students interested in becoming an Athletic Trainer (AT). Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include: injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion; emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis;  therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.  Students who complete the program become eligible for national certification and state licensure 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 licensed and certified AT.
  • Documented observation of an AT in the professional setting for a minimum of 30 hours
  • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED) Certification and/ or Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Proof of Immunizations
  • Completion of the Technical Standards Agreement
  • A personal interview
  • Grade of C or better in the following courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Research/Statistical Methods (3 credits)
    • Physics (3 credits)
    • Chemistry (3 credits)
    • Biology (3 credits)
    • Psychology (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits)
    • Biomechanics (3 credits)

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 Clinical Gross Anatomy 3
ATR 5145 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
ATR 5151 Integrative 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