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.

Appalachian State's Master of Science in Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and 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 be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination to obtain your credential as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

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App Advantages

  • 100% Board of Certification pass rate by MS-AT graduates
  • Cost-effective tuition and fees, with scholarships and teaching assistantships available, and institution-wide textbook rental included
  • Gross & functional anatomy courses, including full human donor dissection
  • Diverse clinical education opportunities, including a full semester immersive clinical experience
  • Independent practice with simulated patients
  • Nearly 50 years of Appalachian State Athletic Training Alumni with which to connect and network
  • Courses in state-of-the-art teaching laboratories in Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences within the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains

Program Information

The program begins in the first Summer Session and is designed to be a two-year program. Students must pass a year one comprehensive exam prior to attending their year two fall immersive clinical rotation. 

Costs & Aid

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

Accreditation & Affiliations


Appalachian State University's Master of Science in Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006.  

The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2031 - 2032 academic year.   



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.

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