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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)

Career Opportunities:

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       

ISU Catalog, Athletic Training, M.S. & Physical Therapy, DPT


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.