Nov 28, 2023  
2022-23 ATSU University Catalog 
2022-23 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, MS

Master of Athletic Training (Online)

The Master of Athletic Training (MS-AT) program is post-professional distance learning program culminating in a Master of Athletic Training degree. Didactic coursework in advanced areas of study can be planned to allow students to complete the program in one or two years. The MS-AT program is designed for state licensed and/or athletic trainers certified by the Board of Certification (BOC), or individuals who have met eligibility requirements to sit for the BOC certification examination prior to matriculation. Courses are designed with an emphasis on clinical decision-making and advancement of clinical practice. Faculty and staff work closely with students to develop the professional attitudes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for optimum patient care.

Length of Program

The MS-AT program is a 12-24 month program comprised of 30 credits.


Distance programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5 percent per month, which is 18% per year. For more information on Student Account Collection, please reference ATSU Policy #50-112 within the Financial Policies  section of this catalog.

Tuition Student Technology Fee
$630 per credit hour $32 per credit hour


Application Deadline

Applications for the MS-AT program may be submitted at any time during the academic year to Online Admissions. The program has four intakes per year, July, September, January and March. All application materials must be submitted no later than 2 months prior to the start of a course block.

Admission Requirements

The MS-AT program will admit athletic training professionals with diverse professional and personal experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue a rigorous course of graduate study. Prospective students will be selected by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, and prior experience.

Admission requirements include:

  1. Candidates accepted for admission to the MS-AT program will have earned a bachelor degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
  2. Applicants to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification, or eligibility to sit for the BOC exam, as an athletic trainer or substantial equivalence, such as credentialing from the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists of Ireland, Society of Sports Therapists, British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.
  3. Students must demonstrate proof of state licensure (if required in your current state or country of residence). A copy of a current state license is required.
  4. Candidates must have achieved a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  5. One official recommendation form must be completed by an academic advisor, professor, employer, or other individual who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in the master’s program. Letters form an educational consulting service will not qualify. Recommendations must be submitted for each application year.
  6. Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
  7. Candidates must submit an application form.
  8. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. See the ASHS English Proficiency  section for more details.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Master of Athletic Training degree, all students must:

  1. Complete all prescribed and elected courses within five years of commencing the program
  2. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses


Master of Athletic Training Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Athletic Training Program, students’ will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Implement quality improvement strategies to identify and address quality gaps for the purpose of improving patient outcomes, system performance, and professional development.
  2. Demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making in athletic training practice in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of clinical outcomes assessments and the value of these outcomes to informing patient care and advancing the athletic training profession.
  4. Utilize information and technology to improve the quality of patient care, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support clinical decision-making in athletic training practice.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen area of advanced clinical practice (i.e., orthopaedics, rehabilitation, or sport neurology and concussion).


Descriptions and Credit Values

A typical course schedule consists of the following. This curriculum is for students matriculating beginning in the Fall 2021 semester or after.