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Athletic Training, MS

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Athletic Training Dept

The MS in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and prepares the athletic training student with the necessary academic and clinical experiences to sit for the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The entry-level program is designed for individuals who may have an undergraduate degree in another field, but would now like to become a BOC certified athletic trainer. The program includes courses in injury prevention; recognition; assessment and immediate care of athletic injuries; health care administration; and professional development and responsibility.

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) provides a quality education program that meets or exceeds the standards and guidelines delineated by the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This philosophy balances the content knowledge with prescribed psychomotor and cognitive skills. In addition, we want to develop competent athletic trainers who can effectively provide quality health care to physically active individuals, and in doing so, improve the quality of life for these individuals. 

Inherent in these outcomes is an understanding of how individuals develop and learn; a congruency between theory and practice, the value of diversity in society, as well as professionalism and ethical behavior in the workplace and society.  To attain these outcomes, the ATEP should provide learning experiences to athletic training students to:

  • Provide students an opportunity to obtain an appropriate degree in Athletic Training.
  • Comply with the Standards as established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • Provide students with the necessary background to successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position as a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • Promote acceptable standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Suanne Maurer-Starks


Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - 3.0 overall GPA based on four years work for the undergraduate degree
  • *GRE - A minimum composite score of 290 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation; at least two from professors
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in - Introduction to athletic training (including taping, bracing & protective equipment), biomechanics/ kinesiology, exercise science, a full year of human anatomy & physiology, an introductory psychology course and current Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (Certification in  Advanced First Aid, Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and use of barrier devices, and bloodborne pathogens training)

*Applicants are eligible for a GRE waiver if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited college or university.

Application Deadline
January 15 - For Summer Entrance

Additional Information
All master’s students will be required to show evidence of a culminating experience by passing the comprehensive examination, or the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination, or completing an oral defense of a theses (ATTR 502 - Research) or project (ATTR 501 - Athletic Training Project) under the guidance of an adviser.

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Athletic Training, MS program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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