Non-DegreePre-Athletic Training

Athletic Training instructor demonstrates technique to students

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries.

Program Highlights

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are multi-skilled health care professionals who provide prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation for injuries and medical conditions. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized athletic training as an allied health profession in 1990 and later that decade, the Department of Health and Human Services followed the lead of the AMA. In recent years, the focus on serious sports-related injuries, such as concussions, has brought the profession into the spotlight regarding athletic training's role in prevention and treatment.

There is no preferred undergraduate major for admission to athletic training programs. Undergraduate students interested in a career in athletic training are encouraged to pick an undergraduate major based on interests and talents. Please be assured that any undergraduate major can be adapted to allow for major courses, general education courses and physical therapy prerequisite courses to be taken in a four-year time span.

View a few sample undergraduate course schedules

Prerequisite courses for the MSAT program

澳门六合彩高手 course equivalencies in parentheses:

  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology (BIOL 108 & 109)
    • If anatomy and physiology are not taken through a Biology department, an additional Biology course must be taken
  • 1 semester of exercise physiology (EXSC 240)
  • 1 semester of nutrition (NURS 200)
  • 1 semester of kinesiology (EXSC 325) OR biomechanics
  • 1 semester of health sciences chemistry with lab (CHEM 214)*
  • 1 semester of health sciences physics with lab (PHYS 214)*
  • 1 semester of psychology (PSYC 103 or 203)
  • 1 semester of statistics (MATH 205)
  • RECOMMENDED, NOT REQUIRED: 1 semester of medical terminology (RTH 120)

*Successful completion of two-course sequence with a lab may substitute

Early Entry 澳门六合彩高手 Student

For current 澳门六合彩高手 students applying to the program during the Junior year:

Highly qualified 澳门六合彩高手 undergraduate students, majoring in either Exercise Science or Sports Administration, may be admitted to the MSAT Program after completing all prerequisite courses, general education courses (except IDC. 401), core major courses, and a minimum of 90 semester hours. 澳门六合彩高手 undergraduate students receive the Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science degree after completing all university general education requirements, program prerequisites, and the first year of the professional program. The university awards the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree upon completion of the professional curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the online application at
  • Minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Satisfactory completion of all program prerequisites before entering the professional curriculum
  • Grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses
  • If overall cumulative GPA is below 2.75, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken with scores (within the last 5 years) sent to 澳门六合彩高手 (School Code 1056)
  • The ability to meet Technical Standards. For a list of our Technical Standards, please look at the program website or email
  • You must submit all official transcripts directly to ATCAS before they will verify your application and submit it to 澳门六合彩高手

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?

A. The MSAT program is completed over a minimum of two years. A traditional post-baccalaureate graduate program requires the bachelor's degree to be conferred before matriculation into the program. 澳门六合彩高手 students enrolled in the Exercise Science Sport Performance track that applies for early admission, have the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in five years rather than the traditional six.

What do I need to be successful in the program?

Athletic training is a demanding program of study - the majority of athletic training courses include classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The courses will have an average weekly requirement of 14 credit hours. Approximately three hours of study time per credit hour is recommended each week to be successful. The ability to prioritize and organize one's time and have good study habits are critical assets for successful outcomes.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

A. To adhere to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) guidelines, students will spend much of their clinical time in traditional sports settings such as the athletic training facility on campus, which helps care for 22 NCAA Division I varsity teams. Also, students will be assigned to local high schools, as well as various healthcare agencies across central Kentucky including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician offices. For your full-time intensive experiences, students have chosen professional sports teams and other colleges and universities across the country.

How do I become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)?

A. Graduates of a CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the certification examination for athletic trainers offered through the Board of Certification (BOC).

Is the program accredited?

澳门六合彩高手 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184

Do states require licensure to practice like other health care professions?

Most states do require some form of licensure for athletic trainers to practice. Upon passing the BOC examination and meeting specific state requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and/or other comparable agencies in other states.

How can I finance my 澳门六合彩高手 education?

Graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 in guaranteed Stafford student loans per academic year. Students may also explore the Grad PLUS Loan and alternative loans. Visit /financialaid for more information.

What unique opportunities will I have as a 澳门六合彩高手 MSAT student?

Interprofessional education is important to learn how to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. All students will have the opportunity to work alongside Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) students and faculty in the on-campus athletic training facility. Students will have regular exposure to BU's physicians when they visit campus to see injured and ill athletes. The curriculum was designed to maximize opportunities for nursing, DPT, and MSAT students to work together in classes, clinicals, study abroad opportunities to the Dominican Republic, and through active engagement in exploring and addressing community-based needs for athletic training intervention and expertise.

When does the program begin?

The MSAT program begins in July. Students participate in a one-day 
orientation on the morning of the first day of class.

MSAT Curriculum

Program - 66 hours total

Summer I (8-11 hours)

  • ATHL 500 Foundations of Athletic Training: Emergent Care & Prevention (3)
  • ATHL 520 Introduction to Assessment (2)
  • ATHL 511 Literature & Research in AT (3)
  • *IDC 401 Senior Seminar (*if entering the program as a 澳门六合彩高手 early entry student)

Fall I (14 hours)

  • ATHL 510 Functional Human Gross Anatomy (5)
  • ATHL 515 Clinical I (1)
  • ATHL 521 Assessment: Head and Spine (3)
  • ATHL 530 General Medical Conditions (3)
  • HLTH 535 Pharmacology (2)

Spring I (11 hours)

  • ATHL 522 Assessment: Lower Extremity (4)
  • ATHL 525 Clinical II (2)
  • ATHL 565 Principles of Therapeutic Modalities (3)
  • ATHL 610 Performance Enhancement (2)

Summer II (8 hours)

  • ATHL 523 Assessment: Upper Extremity (3)
  • ATHL 555 Interprofessional Experience (2)
  • ATHL 670 Leadership & Administration (3)

Fall II (14 hours)

  • ATHL 630 Diagnostic Imaging for Rehabilitation (2)
  • ATHL 620 Rehabilitation Techniques & Practice (3)
  • ATHL 635 Clinical III (3)
  • HLTH 600 Health Policy (3)
  • HLTH 604 Current Trends and Issues in Health Care (3)

Spring II (11 hours)

  • ATHL 600 Transition to Clinical Practice (2)
  • ATHL 645 Clinical IV (4)
  • ATHL 680 MSAT Capstone Experience (2)
  • PHIL 543 Bioethics (3)
  • All courses require permission from the program director.

*All courses require permission from the program director.


澳门六合彩高手 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184

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