Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

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Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

Do you have a passion for helping people heal and a passion for science? Do you get excited about learning more about the human body? Do you love sports? Then athletic training may be the career for you. Athletic training involves emergency management, patient caregiving, medicine and sports all wrapped into one profession. If you think athletic training is the career for you, then UCCS may be the right place for you.


What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in collaboration with physicians. ATs provide care for a breadth of patients including, but not limited to, professional, collegiate, secondary school and youth athletes, dancers, musicians, and military personnel. ATs can work in a variety of locations including schools, physician clinics, performing arts centers, hospitals, and manufacturing plants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 21% employment growth for ATs between 2012 and 2022. The profession of athletic training has a positive career forecast. The National Athletic Trainers' Association Salary Survey (2014) indicated an entry-level salary range of $35,000 -$40,000. The average salary for an athletic trainer with a Master's degree is $54,660.

Curricular Framework

The MSAT is designed to guide you from basic skill and knowledge acquisition towards becoming an independent proficient athletic trainer. Our model of development focuses on your growth, not only in athletic training skills, but also in critical thinking abilities, interprofessional health care, and leadership skills. We aim to make you a high quality athletic trainer with the ability to become a leader and advance the field of athletic training.

Interprofessional and Evidence-Based Health Care

Our classes and hands-on experiences will help you to understand how to use what research says and work side-by-side with other health professionals to ultimately provide the best quality health care for a physically active person.

Clinical Education

Our clinical hands-on experiences will help you learn how to become an athletic training and connect what you learn in class to the real world. With exposure to a variety of people and settings, you will start with shorter rotations and transition into more full-time experiences as you move through the program. You will work with our program's excellent preceptors at locations like high schools, colleges, physician offices and military installations.

Accreditation Status

UCCS is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

  • UCCS will submit the self-study for accreditation by July 1, 2019.
  • UCCS anticipates an on-campus site-visit by February 15, 2020.
  • UCCS anticipates notification of accreditation decision in summer 2020.
  • Students are not eligible for the BOC, Inc. examination until the program receives official notification of positive accreditation action.

For questions regarding the accreditation status or process, please contact us or the CAATE.

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Last Updated: Sept 5, 2017
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