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Estimated Completion

2 years including summers, with a May completion date
MSAT Full Course Sequence

5 year BS/MSAT Track
BS/MSAT Course Sequence

Application Process

  1. Read/Print full Admissions Process and Requirements for MSAT
  2. Apply to Tarleton State University - Graduate Studies
  3. Apply to MSAT Program1 
    1Graduate Studies application must be completed first


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The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is an entry-level degree for students wanting to become certified and licensed athletic trainers. This degree program combines both classroom and clinical experiences in order to provide in-depth knowledge as well as hands-on application and skill development. Upon successful completion of the degree and the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, you will be ready for entry into a professional position in a variety of settings or you may choose to continue further academic pursuits. View additional program information, BOC exam pass rate, retention, and graduation rates..

Fast Track to Success

This accelerated track allows students to complete a BS in Kinesiology with an Athletic Training concentration and the MSAT degree within five years. See the five year course sequence for further information.

Our Plan to Build You

The MSAT program will inspire discovery, leadership, and service through captivating educational and clinical experiences. We will provide you with the opportunities that develop a true desire for intellectual inquiry, the skills and confidence needed to lead, and a heart for service to the local and global communities. The program follows a cohort model and only 12 students will be admitted each year. This allows for small class sizes and more student/instructor interaction. Overlook limits and seek the possibilities. 

Program Objectives

  1. Students will complete impactful professional development activities in the global healthcare community.
  2. Students will critically analyze real-world athletic training situations with diverse patient populations.
  3. Students will demonstrate leadership skills, including collaboration and written and verbal communication skills with a variety of populations.
  4. Students will successfully complete the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
ATRN 5357 Leadership in Athletic Training
ATRN 5359 Trends in Athletic Training
ATRN 5361 Empowering Success
ATRN 5362 Study Abroad

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.


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Service and Leadership

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program develops athletic trainers who serve and lead in their communities, as well as around the world. Developing a service mindset and leadership skills in students is a valuable aspect of this program. Students are given opportunities to look beyond themselves, to be part of a team, and to discover how to impact the greater healthcare community. As students progress through the program, their challenge is to think deeper, be creative, and build connections in order to make impactful changes.

Career opportunities for athletic training

Career Opportunities

Athletic trainers are employed in a variety of work settings. The diverse career options allow a student to connect their passions with purpose. Work settings for athletic trainers include:

  • Military
  • High school
  • College/university
  • Sports rehab clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Performing arts
  • Rodeo
  • Industrial
  • Entertainment
  • International
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Real Experience

Students are engaged in learning beyond the classroom and off-campus. Clinical experiences may include university athletics, high schools, military, and clinics (family practice, orthopedics, sports rehab) in surrounding communities. In addition, students conduct and implement solutions for real-world problems in the healthcare setting. Being involved in professional organizations and attending conferences is also strongly encouraged. All of these experiences provide students with venues for building a network of professionals before they have begun their careers.

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Facilities and Features

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Unique Settings

While working towards an MSAT degree, you will have opportunities to be immersed in unique clinical settings. Athletic Training has a partnership with the Tarleton Corps of Cadets and Army ROTC program, allowing MSAT students to gain experience within a military culture. MSAT students also complete real-world class projects with non-traditional volunteers in order to expand the application of skills they are learning.

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Study Abroad

Students are immersed in a new culture to gain an appreciation and respect for differences in health care services as well as differences in values and perspectives of people. Some students may have the opportunity to learn about non-Western medicine, and other students may experience teaching coaches how to identify and care for injuries. These study abroad experiences provide a new perspective, but they also have a tendency to teach students a lot about themselves as individuals too.

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Texan Sports Medicine Alliance

Texan Sports Medicine Alliance is the athletic training student organization. Students participate in service activities such as assisting with local 5k races, DFW Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk, and the Tarleton Halloween carnival. The organization hosts homecoming tailgate with alumni, participates in rec sports, does fundraising to attend conferences, and more. Undergraduate students are welcome to join too. Get involved!

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Sports Medicine Tradition

Tarleton's rich history in athletic training began in 1984. Though our program has evolved, we are proud of the traditions and core values it continually represents. The Master of Science in Athletic Training program was envisioned and created based upon these same traditions and values with the intentions of continuing the quality experiences for students that our alumni value.