Master of Science in Athletic Training
A new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) program began in May 2020, and is seeking CAATE accreditation. The deadline to apply to the next cohort via ATCAS is annually on February 1.
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.
The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the accrediting body for athletic training education has now mandated that "accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master's degree. As such, the required degree to become an Athletic Trainer will be a master's degree." According to CAATE, baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program after the start of the fall term 2022.