USM's Master's in Athletic Training will begin classes in June 2017

The University of Saint Mary Master of Science of Athletic Training program is a professional graduate program preparing students for a career as Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand to grow “much faster than average” for athletic trainers — estimating its growth rate at 21 percent.

USM’s program combines hands-on clinical education experiences and comprehensive classroom coursework in preventative medicine, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries, and medical conditions — preparing students to work in a variety of settings.

  • Secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional, and Olympic sports

  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, fitness, and wellness

  • Physician offices

  • Hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent, and ambulatory care centers

  • Youth leagues and sports facilities

  • Commercial occupational health departments

  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military

  • Performing arts

Curricular Track Options

Students interested in earning a Master of Science of Athletic Training have two curricular track options at the University of Saint Mary. Upon completion of either track, graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Certification examination.

Option 1: Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Track (5 Years)
In just five years, a student can earn a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Science and a Master of Science of Athletic Training. Students may begin as a freshman—completing three years of study in the pre-professional phase and two years in the professional phase. After the fourth year of coursework, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Science, and after year five, the student receives a Master of Science of Athletic Training. This track is also available to undergraduate transfer students. To be eligible to move into the professional phase, students must be enrolled at USM their junior year.

Option 2: Traditional Master’s Track (2 Years)
A student with a bachelor’s degree can apply and be directly accepted into the professional phase of the program. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements and have the appropriate prerequisite coursework.

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Colleges and Universities that offer an accredited professional Athletic Training program must do so with approval from of the Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). USM is currently seeking accreditation for the Master of Science of Athletic Training program from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training with the goal of being fully accredited when the class of 2019 graduates. Submitting a self-study and hosting a site visit does not guarantee program accreditation. Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation are not eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam.