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3+2 Master of Science in Athletic Training

ATCASThe 3 + 2 M.S.A.T. degree program allows students to complete a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree in combination with the B.S. in Exercise Science (Health and Wellness Concentration) in only 5 years (3 pre-professional years plus 2 professional years leading to two separate degrees). This enrollment option is designed for the traditional residential college student interested in a liberal arts experience combined with professional education in athletic training.

5 years = 2 degrees
BS in Exercise Science + Master of Science in Athletic Training

The B.S. in Exercise Science (Health and Wellness Concentration) will be granted in December of the 4th year of study; however, students will have completed all general education and  exercise science major requirements by the end of the 3rd year of study (106 credits). The remaining 20 credits required to earn the B.S. degree will be earned through graduate level courses in athletic training taken in the summer between the 3rd and 4th year and during the fall of the 4th year of study.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is awarded at the end of the 5th year of study and the completion of 43 additional graduate credits in athletic training. The M.S.A.T. is a year-round, 24 month curriculum that focuses entirely on athletic training professional content and hands-on patient care experiences. The M.S.A.T. requires continuous enrollment and is uniquely designed to teach students how to function in an inter-professional healthcare team that mimics the real dynamic health systems in which they will work. Students will engage in common courses with other graduate students in Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy.

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  • During the 3 pre-professional years of study, students focus on University general education requirements, core courses in exercise science, and courses required in the health and wellness concentration.
  • This curricular design allows students to become fully immersed in the liberal arts experience while gaining valuable insights to sociocultural aspects of health and wellness that are germane to patient care experiences in athletic training.

  • The M.S.A.T. curriculum consists of two professional years of study and is rooted in basic sciences, emergency care, orthopedic injury assessment and diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions while offering advanced coursework in gross anatomy with cadaver dissection, clinical decision making, applied neuromuscular and biomechanical concepts, orthopedic casting and bracing, optimizing athletic performance, and pathophysiology.
  • The unique curriculum is enhanced through the use of high fidelity patient simulators, state-of-the-art motion analysis equipment, and exceptional clinical facilities.
  • Students will gain in-depth knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice and gain experiences in clinical decision making that are synthesized across concepts spanning the full scope of practice of an athletic trainer with particular focus on musculoskeletal assessment/diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.
  • The professional phase of the 3+2 program requires 70 credits of graduate coursework that is completed over the course of 24 months and requires continuous enrollment. Didactic and clinical courses are sequenced to allow for the greatest amount of depth in both content and clinical application.

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