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 that will prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.  We anticipate a start date for Master's degree of May 2020

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 health care professionals, the athletic trainer functions as a member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic health care 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)
  • Physics (3-4 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • Human Anatomy (4 hours)
  • Human Physiology (4 hours)
  • Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • Human Nutrition (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)

Preferred Prerequisite Coursework:

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

  • Program Accreditation

    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 went through the CAATE accreditation reaffirmation process in the 2009-2010 academic year. This included completing an institutional self study document and a CAATE site visit. The program was re-accredited until the 2019-2020 academic year. The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. This is due to the three year average first time pass rate on the Board of Certification exam being below 70%. Since a major programmatic revision in academic year 2014-2015, the average for first time test takers is 90%. The changes that have been implemented are instrumental to the success of the students and it is anticipated that the probationary status will be removed in 2017.

    The program was re-accredited from CAATE until the 2019-2020 academic year.

    CAATE Program logo

    To attain more information on accreditation or find a listing on the accredited programs go the following link  http://www.caate.net

    Board of Certification Pass Rate

    Student Graduation Rate 2017-18 Student Employment Rate 2017-18
      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.