Athletic Training, MS
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.
Athletic Training Webinar: October 29th at 1:30pm
Watch our online webinar to learn more about the MS in Athletic Training program, including programmatic information, clinical placements and application and admission information. There is also information helpful to international students applying to the program. [Note: You must have Adobe Connect in order to view this webinar.]
Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Suanne Maurer-Starks
Application Deadline - January 15
- Online application and $50 application fee
- Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required.
- 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. Applicants are eligible for a GRE waiver if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited college or university.
- Letters of Recommendation - Three 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 goal
- Completion of prerequisite courses* in:
Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits – includes lab)
Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits – includes lab)
Introduction to Athletic Training (3 credits)
Health/Wellness (3 credits)
Protective Techniques in Athletic Training (taping, bracing and protective equipment) (3 credits)
Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
Kinesiology/Biomechanics (4 credits – includes lab)
Exercise Physiology (4 credits – includes lab)
Sports Nutrition (3 credits)
Basic EMT course with current EMT-B credential. This includes Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (Certification in Advanced First Aid, Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and use of barrier devices; and blood-borne pathogen training).
Provisional admission can be provided to a student currently enrolled in an EMT course.
*Beginning in the 2020 academic year, students admitted to the program must meet the following list of additional prerequisite courses:
Biology (4 credits)
Chemistry I, Chemistry II (8 credits – includes lab)
Physics I, Physics II (8 credits – includes lab)
Statistics (3 credits)
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.
Prerequisite courses can be found here.
ATTR 511 - Research Methods
PHED 511 - Research Methods in Physical Education
ATTR 528 - Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging
ATTR 530 - Law and Policy in Athletic Medicine
ATTR 538 - Applied Functional Anatomy
ATTR 539 - Management of Head, Neck and Spinal Conditions
ATTR 540 - Management of Lower Extremity Conditions
ATTR 541 - Management of Upper Extremity Conditions
ATTR 542 - Therapeutic Exercise
ATTR 543 - Pharmacology
ATTR 546 - General Medical Conditions
ATTR 550 - Therapeutic Modalities
ATTR 551 - Orthopedic Interventions
ATTR 560 - Psychosocial Intervention and Patient Care
ATTR 561 - Level I Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
ATTR 562 - Level II Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
ATTR 563 - Level III Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
ATTR 564 - Level IV Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
ATTR 565 - Level V Clinical Experience in Athletic Training
ATTR 590 - Administration in Athletic Training
Total Minimum Credits: 51
All candidates will be required to show evidence of a culminating experience by successfully completing one of the following:
- ATTR 501 - Athletic Training Project (under the guidance of an advisor); ATTR 502 - Research (with an oral defense)
- Departmental comprehensive examination*
- Board of Certification (BOC) national examination
*Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.
***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridgewater State University Graduate Athletic Training Program 2015-2018
Number of Graduates
Number of Graduates Taking BOC Exam
Number of Graduates Passing on 1st Attempt
BSU BOC 1st Attempt Pass Rate
Overall Pass Rate on BOC Exam
(regardless of number of attempts)
Bridgewater State University Three-Year Cumulative First Attempt Pass Rate = 85.2%