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Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) Degree

Description of Program

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) program is a CAATE-accredited, two-year professional degree program that prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer. The program includes a rigorous combination of classroom, clinical, and research experiences that expose students to the continuum of care of the athletic training profession. Students who earn an M.S. in Athletic Training are prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 52 credit hours is required to complete the professional athletic training program. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

Complete the following list of requirements:

Public Health Foundations Requirement (0 credits)
Students in the MS in Athletic Training degree program must complete the Public Health Foundations online prerequisite prior to the first day of classes. Complete details and registration information for this experience can be found

Complete each of the following core courses (31 cr.):

  • SPH-A 501 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Athletic Training (2 cr)
  • SPH-A 510 Emergency Response for the Athletic Trainer (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 520 Principles & Techniques of Therapeutic Intervention I (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 530 Principles & Techniques of Therapeutic Intervention II (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 540 Orthopedic Principles of Musculoskeletal Injuries I (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 550 Orthopedic Principles of Musculoskeletal Injuries II (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 560 General Medical Conditions in Athletic Healthcare (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 570 Healthcare Organization & Administration (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 581 Athletic Training Principles for the Spine (4 cr)
  • SPH-A 588 Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injury (4 cr)

Evidence Based Practice Competency (4 credits)

  • SPH-A 512 Critical Inquiry in Athletic Healthcare I (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 522 Critical Inquiry in Athletic Healthcare II (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 532 Critical Inquiry in Athletic Healthcare III (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 542 Critical Inquiry in Athletic Healthcare IV (1 cr.)

Clinical Competency (10 credits)

  • SPH-A 511 Applied Clinical Practice in Athletic Training I (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 521 Applied Clinical Practice in Athletic Training II (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 531 Applied Clinical Practice in Athletic Training III (1 cr.)
  • SPH-A 541 Applied Clinical Practice in Athletic Training IV (1 cr.)
  • *SPH-A 695 Athletic Training Practicum (6 cr.)

             *repeatable course taken throughout the program

Special Opportunities

Facilities: The majority of required classes are located in the Doster Athletic Training Education Suite in the School of Public Health. The suite includes a classroom, conference room, clinical laboratory, and office space specifically dedicated for the athletic training programs.

Clinical Experiences: Students complete a progressive sequence of clinical education experiences under the supervision of experienced athletic trainers and physicians designed to lead to autonomous patient care as an athletic trainer. The program provides opportunities with various patient populations across multiple practice settings including Indiana University football, Indiana University athletics, local high schools, the performing arts, the United States military, and physician offices.

Interprofessional Education: The program is an active participant in the TEACH curriculum developed and implemented by the Indiana University Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Students will work with healthcare professionals and pre-professional healthcare students throughout the program.

Research Opportunities: Students can participate in research experiences alongside program faculty. Faculty research lines include lower extremity injury prevention, performing arts injury prevention and treatment, and concussion prevention and evaluation.


Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers treat a range of patients and can work in a variety of settings including: secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports, youth leagues and youth sports facilities, physician practices, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers, clinics, occupational health departments, police and fire departments, municipal departments, the military, and the performing arts. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.

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