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. This program offers unique clinical opportunities in the military, with up to 75 percent of clinical experiences conducted with the armed forces. The MSAT degree program allows students to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for the physically active and serve as healthcare leaders in their communities. This program offers unique clinical opportunities in the military, with up to 75 percent of clinical experiences conducted with the armed forces. The MSAT degree program allows students to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for the physically active and serve as healthcare leaders in their communities. 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.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Graduate application
  2. All college transcripts
  3. A letter of intent
  4. Resume outlining
  5. GRE scores – Waived Due to 2020 Pandemic
  6. 2 letters of recommendation – During 2020 Pandemic they can be written by a faculty member or employer

Program Application Due Date: May 31st
Program Start Date: June 1st

Due to public health concerns, several testing sites have cancelled upcoming exam dates. Therefore, UIW is waiving the pre-professional exam (MCAT, GRE and DAT) for Fall 2020 applicants. If you have a previous exam score, please continue to submit the score report. This information is beneficial to the admissions committee.

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)

Step 1: Apply to the University and the MSAT online through the UIW website.

  • A well-written letter of intent as to the desire to be an athletic trainer, how UIW fits into this plan, and why did you choose UIW’s athletic training program. The applicant’s five- and 10-year plan should also be included.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. Minimum cumulative GPA must be no less than a 2.75. Coursework should include (with a C or better):
    • Biology 3 hours
    • Chemistry 3 hours
    • Physics 3 hours
    • Psychology 6 hours (intro + developmental, lifespan, or exercise)
    • Anatomy and Physiology 8 hours
    • Statistics (either math-based or psychology-based)
    • Research design/research methods
    • Biomechanics/pathomechanics
    • Exercise physiology
    • Medical terminology (bridge course can be taken at UIW after admission)
    • Epidemiology (bridge course can be taken at UIW after admission)
    • Public health (bridge course can be taken at UIW after admission)
  • Professional resume outlining any previous experiences with athletic training or other healthcare fields (e.g. professional organizations, clinical/internship experiences, work-study, employment). *note: Applicants that hold an athletic training license in the state of Texas will not be allowed to count practice hours toward clinical expectations and will be held to the same practice standards as all other entry-level students.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from an athletic trainer, one from a faculty member).
  • Submit most recent GRE score.

Step 2: Complete the secondary application requirements.

The following are components of the secondary application for the MSAT and must be completed by May 31st.

  • Acknowledgment of program Technical Standards, signed by the applicant and a physician
  • Completion of favorable criminal background screening
  • Completion of Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination for completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
  • PreCheck Background Check

Step 3: $250 seat deposit, paid to the business office at UIW.

Should you be accepted and attend classes until after the official registration deadline for the Summer Extended Term, $50 will be returned to the you.

Step 4: Completion of at least 75 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer.

Documentation of hours may be done on our UIW form, or an official form signed by the supervisor. 75 minimum hours under an athletic trainer completed within the last two years are required for admission.

Step 5: Interview with the Professional Practice Committee.

If you are a valid applicant and have completed the above steps, you will be contacted to interview either via Zoom computer application or in person.

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%