One of the College’s Core Values is Community Engagement, which specifically includes health care: “We expect ourselves to act individually and collectively to identify and address issues of public concern through active engagement and leadership in civic life and through professions that contribute to the public good, such as teaching and health care (emphasis added). The MSAT program is in line with the College’s vision of “providing the highest quality liberal arts, graduate, and professional education that combines tradition and innovation".
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession. With more emphasis on preventative care in today’s health care environment, the role of athletic trainers is becoming increasingly important in preventing, assessing, and rehabilitating injuries & illnesses.
The MSAT program is specifically designed to provide student-centered and patient-centered graduate level health science training. Our training will employ evidence-based teaching methods, including but not limited to flipped classrooms, team-based learning, and case-based learning. Our program will qualify graduates to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and pursue state licensure as athletic trainers.
The Board of Certification (BOC) is the official certifying agency for athletic trainers. Anyone wishing to become a BOC–certified athletic trainer must have graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an athletic trainer do?
Athletic training is a very unique healthcare profession. Here's a quick description of the profession from the NATA: "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." Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
What's the job market like for athletic trainers?
Excellent! More and more secondary schools are seeing the value of having athletic trainers on site and are consistently hiring. College and University athletic programs continue to grow and the demand for certified athletic trainers continues to grow with it. The military is a major employer of athletic trainers, as are several industries and services like police and fire departments. Athletic trainers are employed in hospital systems, physical therapy clinics, sports medicine clinics and orthopedic offices. Our diversity and specialized skills makes us highly efficient healthcare professionals which more and more employers are noticing.
How long does it take to get a degree?
The MSAT Degree will take approximately 6 semesters in 24 months to complete. Each cohort will begin in late May.
How many observation hours do I have to get?
To apply to the program, applicants should obtain at least 50 hours of observation with a licensed athletic trainer.
Is there a preferred undergraduate major for program admission?
Really you can major in anything you want, as long as you meet the pre-requisite requirements for admission to the Athletic Training Graduate Program. Some students earn their Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health & Human Performance, a pre-health track or any of the sciences, but there are no restrictions on what major area your undergraduate studies are in.