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2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, M.S.

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Code: 51.0913

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Athletic Training is a professional, clinical-preparatory degree program that is designed to lead to national certification and state licensure in the profession of Athletic Training. Athletic Training focuses on collaborating with healthcare providers to optimize activity and participation of physically active individuals. 

Students are admitted in the Summer in a cohort model with full-time enrollment required. Students pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track of study. The non-thesis track engages students as clinical practitioners in Athletic Training, while the thesis track prepares students for a career path in Athletic Training education and scholarly research.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements from the Graduate School, application and admission to the graduate program in the Athletic Training requires:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or allied health-related field
  2. Prerequisite postsecondary coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology
  3. A current First Aid and BLS CPR certification
  4. Notarized evidence of completion of 150 hours of observation under a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) submitted on the standardized form available from the Graduate School

Substitutions for undergraduate coursework in item B above may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the program; approval of substitutions must be conveyed by the Graduate Coordinator to and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School at the time of application review and admission.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training program prepare to be practitioners through the completion of 55 hours of coursework and 5 clinical rotations.

In addition to required coursework, the program requires that each student demonstrate a general, comprehensive knowledge of the field of study by completion of either an internship (KNES 600 - Internship in Kinesiology ) or a thesis (KNES 599 - Thesis Research and Thesis ) and defense of thesis. Students who pursue the non-thesis track develop and demonstrate the skills needed as a future practitioner through the completion of an internship (KNES 600 - Internship in Kinesiology , 3 credit hours) in a clinical setting and an independent study course focused on preparing for specialized certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Basic, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam (KNES 597 - Individual Study I , 3 credit hours).

Students who pursue the thesis track will decide, along with their committee, upon a thesis subject at the time of application to candidacy. A thesis is officially accepted as satisfactory upon unanimous vote of the committee. If the student is unable to receive a unanimous vote for the fulfillment of the thesis requirements prior to the published deadline for submission of the thesis to the Graduate School for the current semester, the student will be required to register for an additional semester and continue until all requirements have been satisfied.

Required Coursework

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