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Athletic Training, M.S.

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The M.S. in Athletic Training prepares students for national certification and licensure as a certified athletic trainer with career opportunities in high schools, colleges/universities, orthopedic and sports medicine clinics, business and industry, professional sports teams, government health agencies, branches of the U.S. military, and research laboratories.

The emphases of the curriculum are: evidence based practice, risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injuries and illnesses, acute care of injuries and illnesses, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities, nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses, psychosocial intervention and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibilities.  Students are given opportunities to gain knowledge and skills needed to pass the certification exam of the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Training.

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the University’s general requirements for graduate admission at the Master’s level, applicants seeking admission to the MSAT program must also have:

  1. Overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college coursework
  2. Grades of C or above in the following prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy with laboratory
    • Human Physiology with laboratory
    • Chemistry with laboratory
    • Physics with laboratory
    • Statistics
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Biomechanics
    • Medical Terminology
    • Introduction to Biology
  3. 50 hours of observation shadowing a certified athletic trainer
  4. For non-native English language speakers: Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  5. Statement of Purpose; 500 to 1000 words describing the applicant’s educational goals and expectations of the program

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the program requires a total of 60 credit hours of coursework (23 courses).  All students participate in clinical rotations.  These clinical rotations are assigned to the students based on required competencies and proficiencies for accreditation purposes.  There are skills assessed during these clinical rotations that follow the didactic course in which they are instructed.  These are requirements of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Degree Total = 60 Credit Hours


Each student in the MSAT program must have a major advisor, the Graduate Program Director for the MSAT program.


Due to clinical hour requirements, there are no assistantships available to students in the MSAT program.

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