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M.S. Athletic Training Courses & Curriculum

Our graduate degree program in Athletic Training is a six-semester, full-time, year-round master’s program. Students are admitted once a year and begin classes in June as a cohort.

In our master’s in athletic training program, you’ll have the ability to become a dual-credentialed healthcare professional and have the option to earn additional supplemental certifications.

Explore solutions and seek answers to the changing healthcare environment through evidence-based medicine and interdisciplinary practice. Courses — such as those focused on clinical practice and patient care, therapeutic modalities, and orthopedic Injuries — provide the opportunity to learn both didactically and clinically. You’ll also learn and practice how to perform evaluations, clinical skills for emergent situations, suturing, therapeutic modalities, joint reductions, and therapeutic exercises.

The athletic training curriculum includes 55 graduate credit hours with four clinical rotations.

Clinical Rotations

The athletic training curriculum includes four clinical rotations that will take you into diverse settings.

Whether at the University or in secondary schools, physical therapy clinics, physician offices, or health clinics, you’ll work hand-in-hand with a multitude of healthcare professionals—from athletic trainers to physical therapists, chiropractors, sports nutritionist, counselors, nurses, physicians, and emergency medical technicians.

During these four clinical rotations, you’ll gain opportunities to grow professionally and learn a well-rounded, interdisciplinary view of healthcare culture.

You will complete one clinical immersion experience, working with a certified athletic trainer and participating in the full-time, day-to-day role of a healthcare provider. This clinical immersion is a practice-intensive experience that lets you experience the totality of care provided by clinicians.

Use the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout you time in the athletic training program while receiving feedback from a licensed professional. Become more confident in your abilities while learning vital job skills and professional socialization so you can transition smoothly to your professional career.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Options

Thesis option: Complete your own research and thesis alongside your internship. This track is for students who want a career in athletic training education and scholarly research. You’ll decide on a thesis subject with a committee of faculty and complete the requirements in the KNES 599: Thesis Research and Thesis course.

Non-thesis option: Complete an internship and independent study course. This track is for students who want a career as a clinical practitioner. Your independent study course will also prepare you for the specialized certification exams required to become an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.