Master of Science in Athletic Training

Interested in a dynamic career in Sports Medicine?

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work with physicians and others as part of the sports medicine team to enhance health, improve quality of life, and help individuals maintain or resume physical activity.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training will challenge you with an innovative curriculum focused on problem-based learning to prepare you for employment in high school, collegiate, and professional sports settings, hospitals, physician offices, industry, rehabilitation centers, and more. At the end of this 2-year program, you will not only be prepared to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam to obtain your credential as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), but you will also have gained clinical experience across a range of settings.

Program Highlights

  • An innovative curriculum, tailored to Master's level students, preparing you for the athletic training field through problem-based learning
  • A full semester immersive clinical experience
  • Gross and functional anatomy courses, including full cadaver dissection
  • Diverse research and internship opportunities
  • Courses in new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories in Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences

Program Information

The program begins in the first Summer Session and is designed to be a two-year program. Each student is required to complete an evidence-based capstone experience. Options include: 1) a research thesis, or 2) a research project (e.g., systematic review, critically appraised topic, or quality improvement project). All capstones must be evidence-based and should result in a product worthy of dissemination. Students must pass a year one comprehensive exam prior to attending their year two fall immersive clinical rotation. Completion of the MS-AT program leads to eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification© examination.

First on scene: Clinical simulations prepare App State athletic training students

Athletic training students at Appalachian State University put their skills to the test during a series of simulated clinical scenarios that took place on-site at the university's Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences. 

These simulations, officially known as Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs), increase students' confidence, prepare them for independent clinical practice and allow them to gain experience as the lead clinician in a situation — a distinct experience for a student, said App State's Laurie Rivera '97, lead coordinator for OSCEs.

Clinical Education

The Athletic Training Education Program offers a unique opportunity to allow students to integrate their classroom knowledge in the clinical setting. The clinical assignments provide an open and challenging learning environment under a wide range of sports, clinical sites, and preceptors. First- and second-year students will be assigned to practicums at clinical sites on or off campus.

Costs & Aid

For information on determining your cost of attendance and sources of financial support, visit the Graduate School website. Additional program costs, including tuition differential, can be found in the MS-AT Handbook, "Student Rights & Responsibilities" section.

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Submit your application through the Athletic Training Central Application System (ATCAS).

NOTE: Applicants should not apply to the Graduate School until they have been notified by the Program Director.