About Our Program

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). 

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