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Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training


Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training


Providing a Competitive Edge for Success on the Field and Beyond

Whether on the sidelines at a high school football game or in the dugout during a professional baseball game, Athletic Trainers are part of the first line of defense against athletic injury. The skills of Athletic Trainers have been sought and valued by sports medicine specialists and other physicians for more than 60 years. More than 50 percent of athletic trainers work outside of school athletic settings; they provide services to people of all ages. Athletic trainers may work in physician offices as physician extenders, or may work in rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers, military hospitals, physical therapy clinics, secondary schools, colleges/universities, youth leagues, commercial settings and professional sports teams.

As the U.S. continues to focus on reducing the effects of obesity and other chronic diseases, it is important that people have access to health care professionals who can support lifelong, safe physical activity. Athletic trainers are an important part of this health care workforce, especially as the demand for workers is projected to greatly increase over the next decade.

Program Highlights

The Athletic Training program is rooted in theoretical knowledge and the clinical application of current procedures and techniques in sport injury management and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Athletic Training program offers you:

  • Diverse faculty with strong clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • Enhanced learning through clinical education experiences
  • Professional leadership skills and development
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

The Curriculum

This 42-credit 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 program is a full-time two year graduate degree DAY program with classes beginning in mid-August. Theory and laboratory classes tend to be taught on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with daily clinical rotations occurring every afternoon and weekend days. Two hundred hours of clinical experience must be completed each full semester while in the program. This relates to an average of 15 to 20 hours per week.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about the
Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training Program, contact:

Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library, Room 109

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300

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Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

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