Master of Science Athletic Training
Join the exciting career of Athletic Training! Become a certified athletic trainer in this rapidly growing profession. Growth in this field is projected to be 21% over the next decade for these allied health care providers who provide injury prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation in sport. The Master of Science in Athletic Training is specifically designed for students who possess a bachelor’s degree in allied health or exercise science area. You will experience clinical rotations with Division I-AA ISU athletic teams, high school athletics, sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, and physician’s offices. With opportunities to work with other health care professionals at marathons, triathlons, The Simplot Games, and youth football, you will be a well-prepared athletic trainer.
Athletic Training, MS
Preparing professional educators for leadership, health, and performance improvement in sport
- Graduation Requirements
- Admission Requirements, including program prerequisite coursework & certifications
- Athletic Training Core and Capstone (33 credits)
- Clinical Experience (15 credits)
Historical Overview of the Program
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program at Idaho State University was a work in progress that commenced almost eight years prior to being granted Idaho State Board of Education approval at its April 19, 2012, meeting. The search for a Program Director began immediately in anticipation for an initial cohort to begin in the summer of 2013.
The first cohort of MSAT students began in June 2013. Application for initial accreditation was submitted on July 1, 2014. Initial accreditation was awarded in January 2015 by the CAATE.
About the Program
The ISU MSAT program prepares students to function as health care providers in injury prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation and is specifically designed to prepare students for a career in allied health care as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are currently employed in colleges and universities, public and private high schools, corporations, physical therapy clinics, professional organizations, the military, factories, and hospitals.
Seventy percent of all Certified Athletic Trainers hold at least a master’s degree. This is becoming the professional standard. The MS in Athletic Training program at Idaho State University is specifically designed for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in related allied health or exercise science area. The clinical Athletic Training program is open to all students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and who meet the Admission Criteria.
Students will complete a variety of clinical rotations with Division I-AA ISU athletic teams, high school athletics, sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, and physician’s offices. There will also be many opportunities to work with other health care professionals at marathons, triathlons, The Simplot Games, and youth football, just to name a few.
The Athletic Training Program (ATP) earned initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs (CAATE) in January 2015. The program's next comprehensive review is scheduled to occur during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Program Mission Statement
The Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training at Idaho State University has been designed to:
- Develop competent athletic training students who qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
- Teach ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills to students that will work with the physically active population.
- Teach the basic knowledge required to be successful in the field of athletic training through didactic and clinical course work.
- Produce clinicians who display sound decision-making and good judgments through critical thinking and analysis of salient facts.
- Encourage students to assume a leadership role in their professional careers.
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