Mission and Goals
The mission of the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program is to develop competent health care professionals who are committed to providing quality patient-centered care through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and community engagement.
- Provide a student-centered learning environment through innovative pedagogical strategies in preparation for professional practice.
- Immerse students in a diverse interprofessional community of faculty and medical professionals in the health care field through clinical education opportunities.
- Develop competent clinicians focused on providing quality patient-centered care.
- Foster knowledge through collaborative use of health care informatics.
Are you interested in medicine and have a passion for sports? Take your interests and turn them into your future as a health care professional in athletic training. The athletic training program prepares you for the Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT). Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
What you'll study
In our teaching laboratory, you'll learn all the clinical skills needed to recognize, evaluate, treat, and care for injuries. Using your background in anatomy and physiology, you will learn to evaluate any patient. A Certified Athletic Trainer must be knowledgeable in all professional domains, including injury prevention, clinical evaluation, and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care, treatment, and rehabilitation; and organizational and professional well-being. Take the Virtual Tour of our Athletic Training Classroom!
How you'll learn more
You’ll gain hands-on clinical experience working with athletes in secondary schools, university and professional sports teams, patients in physical therapy clinics, and in other hospital, fitness, and lab settings. These experiences connect you both in and out of the classroom with practicing athletic trainers. Working directly with patients, you'll surely remember their appreciation as you engage them in new activities.
Where it can take you
Become a certified athletic trainer after completing the Board of Certification examination. Where you would like to practice depends on your vision, whether it be in a college/university, hospital, health and fitness center, sports medicine clinic, or in the following industries: professional sports, public safety, international athletic organizations, occupational health, or the performing arts. The strong growth of the athletic training profession means that you'll have many choices to realize your potential.