Integral members of the sports medicine team, athletic trainers (AT) provide health care to individuals in the areas of injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation. For the School of Health and Medical Sciences, patient needs are more than a mere focus — they are the centerpiece of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program (MSAT). Accredited initially by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education in October 2003, the program in 2009, received a 10-year re-accreditation until 2019.
The mission of the MSAT program is to prepare individuals to become competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and to advance the profession of athletic training. The program teaches and provides practical experiences to enable graduates to assume leadership roles.
The goal of the MSAT program is to prepare graduates to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge as determined by CAATE and based on the current 5th Edition of the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills identified in the Competencies consist of eight Content Areas:
Prevention and Health Promotion
Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
Acute Care of Injury and Illness
Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
Professional Development and Responsibility
To achieve these goals, a comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal classroom instruction and clinical education.
Throughout the two-year, 64-credit program, students focus on quality of care and the uniqueness of each patient needing treatment. Distinctive courses, such as Clinical Imaging and Evaluation of the Spine, are taught by University faculty and physicians who have practical experience in the field. Foundation courses are “cross-program,” meaning students gain an appreciation from their peers in other health professions, including occupational therapy and physical therapy, and learn from a distinguished, interdisciplinary faculty.
Dynamic clinical research is a major focus of the MSAT program. Students present their research at professional conferences and an annual, on-campus Research Colloquium sponsored by the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Graduates of the program possess an understanding of the research process and recognize the importance of applying evidence-based research to clinical practice.
Upon graduation, students are prepared to sit for the Board of Certification Examination and the National Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination.
The program boasts a competitive admissions process. Students accepted into the program include undergraduates enrolled in the University’s 3+2 dual-degree program, students with non-AT bachelor’s degrees who want to become a certified AT, and individuals who desire a change in career.
Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program, allowing students early on to integrate their classroom knowledge with clinical learning in varied working environments. Clinical sites include:
- Local high schools, colleges and universities;
- General medical facilities;
- Professional sport teams; and
- Wellness and sport performance facilities.
For more information on the entry-level M.S. in Athletic Training, check out the admission and curriculum requirements and apply today.