Athletic Training

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.   

Learn more about the MS-AT Program and How to Apply

What is Athletic Training?

From the National Athletic Trainers' Association website:

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. 

A day in the life of a certified athletic trainer


The Appalachian State University Athletic Training Program is proud to be a founding member of the Association for Athletic Training Education




Athletic Training Faculty & Staff

Ashley Goodman
Ph.D., Higher Education
Athletic Training Program Director
Gross Anatomy Laboratory Director
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 418
(828) 262-7711
Jennifer Howard
Assistant Professor
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 419
(828) 262-7985
Ashley Marshall
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Sports Medicine
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 417
(828) 262-2560
Alan Needle
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Biomechanics and Movement Science
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 422
(828) 262-4039
Laurie Rivera
Senior Lecturer
MEd, Physical Education
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall 420
(828) 262-7431