MSAT/DPT Dual Degree
Be an elite, high-demand allied health professional in a fast-growing field. Be a certified athletic trainer with a physical therapy doctorate. The M.S. in Athletic Training/Doctorate in Physical Therapy dual degree is a highly sought combination. Growth in this field is projected to be 35% over the next decade for these allied health care providers who provide injury prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation in sport and any area. You will experience a wide array of clinical rotations of both programs. With the dual degree, you can complete the program in 4 years (47 months), graduating with an MSAT and DPT degree, and requirements to sit for the national board examinations for both professions.
Athletic Training, M.S.
Preparing professional educators for leadership, health, and performance improvement in sport
- Athletic Training Coursework and Internship (30+ credits)
- Physical Therapy Coursework and Clinical Experience (103+ credits)
Higher Education Athletic Trainer
National Team Sport Trainer
Fitness Center Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist
Clinic Physical Therapist
Rehabilitation Physical Therapist
Team Sport Physical Therapist
Sport Team Trainer
Sport Rehabilitation Specialist
Athletic Training Physical Therapist
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 Center for Sport Concussion, 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.
Admission Requirements for Other Programs(e.g. Master's degrees)
Degree-seeking students must meet the following requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
- The minimum Master's level standards are:
- GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.5 to 4.000 No standardized test (GRE/MAT) required
- GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.0 to 3.499 40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percent tile on the MAT
- GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 2.5 to 2.999 Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 1000 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT
- GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) Below 2.499 No admission
- In instances where a standardized test is required, to register for the GRE, contact either the GRE-ETS, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6000, or the ISU Counseling and Testing Center (208)282-2130. To register for the GMAT/MAT, contact the Idaho State University Counseling and Testing Center. GRE/GMAT/MAT scores are used for other purposes in addition to admission. Most departments/colleges also use these scores as part of the criteria for awarding graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships. Other parts of the campus may also use these scores in the process of awarding scholarships. Students at Idaho State University may take these tests at the Counseling and Testing Center. Special study sessions are available at the University in the Center for Teaching and Learning (208) 282-3662 to aid the student in preparing for the GRE/GMAT.
- Recommendation for admission by the department or college offering the desired degree program. Please see individual department sections of this catalog for additional requirements.
- Approval for admission by the Dean of the Graduate School.
The Application Process
The admission process is initiated as follows:
- Applications for admission may be obtained online (www.isu.edu) or from the Graduate School.
- Applicants applying as degree-seeking students must request that each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work submit one official transcript directly to the Graduate School. Idaho State University undergraduate transcripts are available to the Graduate School and need not be forwarded by the applicant. Non-degree seeking applicants must provide a transcript (official or copy) showing proof of degree.
- Applicants must include a $55 nonrefundable processing fee with each application form. The files of students who do not pay the required application fee will not be processed for admission.
- Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the specific department and review individual departmental sections of this catalog for additional requirements.
- Applicants must clearly indicate the desired graduate program on the application form, or if a non-degree-seeking student, the college and department in which the student intends to take courses.
- GRE/GMAT/MAT may be required for degree-seeking applicants at the discretion of the department.
- Additional requirements for degree-seeking last semester seniors, and international students are described under those headings on the following pages.
The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for McNair Scholars applying to graduate degree programs at Idaho State University. Applicants must complete the Idaho State University Graduate Application (either electronically or in hardcopy) indicating that they are applying for the McNair Program fee waiver. A verification letter must be sent to the Graduate School. McNair Scholars Verification Letters: The McNair Program Director or Coordinator should write a letter that verifies the student's participation in the program at the undergraduate institution in which the student participated in the McNair Program. All verification letters must be written on program/university letterhead and should contain the following information: student's name, undergraduate major and the name of the graduate degree program to which the student is seeking admission. Verification letters may be sent to the Graduate School by mail, fax, or email attachment.