Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is in curriculum development and is scheduled launch June 2020. This program is an entry-level professional degree program for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training. The MSAT is a two-year program that prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer. The program includes a combination of coursework and clinical experiences to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. 

The program was established in 2001 to meet the guidelines and standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the National Athletic Trainers Association Education Council, and the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Training.

In cooperation with physicians and other healthcare professionals, the athletic trainer functions as a member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges, and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic healthcare settings.

The following coursework should be completed, or in progress, prior to applying to the program.

Required prerequisite coursework:

  • Biology (3-4 hours)
  • Chemistry (3-4 hours)
  • Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • Human Anatomy (4 hours)
  • Human Nutrition (3 hours)
  • Human Physiology (4 hours)
  • Physics (3-4 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)

Preferred prerequisite coursework:

  • Biomechanics (3 hours)
  • Epidemiology (3 hours)
  • Psychology – Advanced Developmental, lifespan, abnormal or sport (3 hours) 
  • Public or community health (3 hours)
  • Research Methods (3 hours)
  • Sport Nutrition (3 hours)

 

In May 2005, the Athletic Training Education Program was granted initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). CAAHEP is the largest external programmatic accreditors for the health sciences fields.

In July 2006, the JRC-AT broke away from CAAHEP to form the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This is an independent accreditation agency dedicated toward the advancement of the education of athletic trainers.

The program was re-accredited from CAATE until the 2029-2030 academic year.

CAATE Program logo

To attain more information on accreditation or find a listing of the accredited programs go the following link: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates
  2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 3 yr aggregate
Number of students graduating from program.

8

11

9

9

7

7

23

Number of students graduating from program who took examination.

6

11

9

9

7

7

23

Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.

1

6

0

7

7

6

20

Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.

17%

55%

0%

78%

100%

86%

87%

Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.

1

10

5

9

7

6

22

Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.

17%

91%

56%

100%

100%

86%

96%

*Students in 2012-2013 cohort were required to take BOC exam per program requirement. Prior to that cohort the student could choose either the BOC or State Licensure examination.

Student Retention Rate

Student Retention Rate
  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 3 yr aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number). 16 9 12 37
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2. 11 8 6 25
Program retention rate (%). 68.75% 88.89% 50.00% 67.57%