Athletic Training

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies is excited to house the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree (MSAT). This degree will provide a comprehensive, progressive, educational and clinical foundation to prepare graduates for a career in Athletic Training. Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients in professional and collegiate sports, public and private schools, sports medicine clinics, occupational health settings, physician offices, as well as many other emerging and developing settings. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

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Required Semester Hours 60

Program Highlights

  • Classes taught by nationally recognized experts in their field who hold doctoral degrees.
  • Students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification national credentialing examination.
  • Clinical experiences with high school, college, and professional teams as well as in various other settings.
  • Graduation from a nationally accredited (Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education) athletic training program.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 60 credit hours of required coursework earning the grade of “C” or higher in each course.
  • Earn a cumulative graduate school GPA of 3.9 or higher, and a grade of “C” in no more than 2 courses.
  • Complete a capstone research project and earn a passing grade for both the written project and presentation.
  • Minimum of 100 observation hours under a certified athletic trainer (licensure is also required in applicable states - Louisiana is a state that requires licensure to practice).


What Can You Be

Types of Jobs

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Orthopedic Specialist
  • Sports Medicine Assistant
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Teacher

Types of Employers

  • College/University
  • Secondary school
  • Professional sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Physician Practice
  • Public Safety
  • Armed Forces
  • Occupational health
  • Public Health Agency



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Student Orgs & Activities

Student Athletic Trainers' Association

Kinesiology Club