Master of Science in Athletic Training

MS-athletic-trainingThe 2-year post-baccalaureate MSAT option is for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree (not in athletic training) and wish to enter the profession and earn the credential as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

The MSAT curriculum 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 MSAT requires 73 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.

MSAT Program of Study

MSAT Year One
Professional Year One (PY1)

Summer I – 12 credit hours
ATR 5000 Gross Anatomy
ATR 5101 Foundations of Professional Practice
ATR 5100 Fundamental Skills in Athletic Training
ATR 5102 Managing Medical Emergencies
5 cr
1 cr
2 cr
4 cr
Fall I – 16 credit hours
ATR 5215 Musculoskeletal Assessment and Diagnosis I
ATR 5216 Musculoskeletal Assessment and Diagnosis II
ATR 5217 Spine, Posture, and Movement Assessment
ATR 5218 Clinical Imaging Techniques
ATR 5225 Clinical Decision Making I
ATR 5235 Evidence Based Practice I
ATR 5245 Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation
4 cr
4 cr
2 cr
1 cr
2 cr
1 cr
2 cr
Spring I – 14 credit hours
ATR 5315 Therapeutic Interventions I
ATR 5316 Therapeutic Interventions II
ATR 5317 Manual Therapy Techniques
ATR 5325 Clinical Decision Making II
ATR 5335 Evidence Based Practice II
ATR 5345 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation I
4 cr
4 cr
1 cr
2 cr
1 cr
2 cr

Professional Year Two (PY2)

Summer II – 10 credits
ATR 6101 General Medical Conditions
ATR 6102 Pathophysiology
ATR 6103 Casting, Bracing, and Orthotics
ATR 6145 Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation
ATR 6445 Pre Season Clinical Rotation
3 cr
3 cr
1 cr
1 cr
2 cr
Fall II – 14 credits
ATR 6245 Collegiate Sports Medicine Clinical Rotation II or ATR 6345
ATR 6215 Leadership and Management in Athletic Training
ATR 6315 Optimizing Athletic Performance
ATR 6255 Inter-professional Seminar I
ATR 6217 Therapeutic Interventions III

4 cr
3 cr
3 cr
1 cr
3 cr
Spring II – 7 credits
ATR 6345 Elective Clinical Rotation or ATR 6245
ATR 6235 Evidence Based Practice III
ATR 6317 Seminar in Athletic Training
4 cr
2 cr
1 cr

In order to successfully complete the 73 credit Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program students are required to have an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 and earn a minimum of a C in all professional coursework.

Students should submit their formal application through the Athletic Training Common Application System (AT-CAS) Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis but applications are encouraged to be submitted before January 15. Applications will be reviewed as received and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. HPU students on the 3+2 track are given priority admission.


2-year post-baccalaureate completion option


Are there scholarships available specifically for students enrolled in the MSAT program?

Unfortunately there are no athletic training specific scholarships available at High Point University. However, students are encouraged to join the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in order to become eligible for scholarships through the NATA Research and Education Foundation once they are admitted to the MSAT program.


Tuition & Fees

What is the tuition structure for the 2-year Master of Science in Athletic Training program?

Tuition for the MSAT program is billed a cohort rate per semester. A sample of tuition based on the 2021-2022 tuition rates are included below. Please note that the amounts do not reflect tuition/fee increases that may occur annually or optional dining plans.


Year at HPUTuition/Fee Structure
Professional year 1
$40,770 combined tuition and fees for the year paid in 3 blocks
Summer block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Fall block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Spring block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Professional year 2
*subject to change
$40,770 combined tuition and fees for the year paid in 3 blocks
Summer block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Fall block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Spring block = $13,590 tuition and fees
Amenities Included in Student Fees
Uniforms for clinical rotationsincluded
CPR/Professional Rescuer recertificationincluded
Annual Typhon clinical tracking fee included
Annual Castle Branch document tracking feeincluded
Annual background checkincluded
Annual drug screeningincluded
Stocked medical kit for clinical experiencesincluded
Graduation feesincluded
Library Servicesincluded
Online textbooksincluded
Campus Parkingincluded
Athletic Eventsincluded
Airport Transportationincluded
Major Concertsincluded
Cultural Enrichment Eventsincluded
Fitness Center/Poolincluded
Intramurals and Club Sportsincluded
Counseling Servicesincluded
Health Servicesincluded
Career/Internship Servicesincluded
Concierge Servicesincluded
Research Appointments for Libraryincluded
Complimentary GPS units check-outincluded
Complimentary Kindle check-out (Electronic book readers)included
Complimentary iPad check-outincluded
Complimentary TI-89 Calculators check-outincluded
Library Book Drop-Offincluded
Restaurant Recommendations and Reservationsincluded
Dry Cleaning Service Drop-Off/Pick-Upincluded
Cultural Enrichment Ticket Distributionincluded
Daily E-mail and Event Informationincluded
Local information (shopping, attractions)included
Local event information and ticketsincluded
Facility requestsincluded
Department liason/referralsincluded


Other program expenses

Students are responsible for the costs associated with required annual flu shots. Students are also responsible for all costs associated with their personal transportation to clinical rotations. All HPU students are required to have proof of health insurance and responsible for any expenses incurred to meet this requirement

Students are responsible for all living costs and should be aware that some clinical rotations occur outside of the immediate High Point region and therefore the student may choose to seek short-term housing opportunities in other areas.

Financial Aid

Many HPU AT students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for student loans to support their graduate education (School Code 002933). Information about these loans is available in the Office of Student Financial Planning. If you have specific questions, please contact your Student Financial Planning Counselor, Cana Gyongyos Hill, by phone at 336-841-9289 or by email at


Payment of all tuition and fees is due at the beginning of each term of enrollment.

Application Fee

For each application cycle prospective candidates must pay the AT-CAS application fee and the program designation fee. These fees and policies regarding payment and refund are set by AT-CAS. Additional information is available on their website.

Enrollment Deposit

All applicants accepted into the program will be charged a $200 nonrefundable deposit to hold their seat. This money will be applied toward their first semester tuition upon matriculation.

Refund Policy

Calculation of Charges for Withdrawal from High Point University

When a student registers, it is for the full term or semester. Therefore, if the student withdraws from the University during the period, for whatever reason, the comprehensive fees# (includes: tuition and fees, plus any housing and dining they choose) will be prorated for the first five (5) days of the semester. After the first five (5) days of the semester, 100% of the comprehensive fee will be charged and no refund will be issued.

Any refund is contingent on a student officially withdrawing from the university. To officially withdraw from the university, a student must complete a withdrawal form. This form can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Operations located on the first floor of the Norcross Graduate School.

Students wishing to withdraw should also consult with the Office of Student Financial Planning to determine if stipulations associated with financial aid or loans will lead to changes in the financial statement.

The following table indicates the amount a student will be charged upon official withdrawal. It does not indicate how much a student will be refunded. Refunds are dependent on the total amount of out-of-pocket payments received and the amount of financial aid a student is eligible to keep based on the official withdrawal date.


 Amount Student Will Be Charged by Day of Official Withdrawal

DayStudent Will Be Charged
Within the first 5 Days of the Semester50%
After the 5th Day of the Semester100%

# The non-refundable deposit to hold a student’s slot in the class, originally credited to tuition, will not be included in the refund calculation.