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Master's in Athletic Training

Why a Master's Degree?

Master's in Athletic Training

Whitworth's MSAT program was designed in response to nationwide changes in the athletic training profession that require accredited athletic training programs to make the transition to the master's level. This change means that students will gain more in-depth knowledge and quality professional experience, and that they will benefit from an advanced degree. When the changes are fully implemented, the minimum requirement to become a certified athletic trainer will be a master's degree.

Degree Snapshot: Athletic Training Master's Degree
Degree Master's in Athletic Training
Program Format Face-to-face with clinical rotations
Graduate Admissions Deadline Priority admissions: Dec. 1; Regular admissions: Feb. 15
Completion Time Two years

What Does this Mean for You?

Whitworth's MSAT degree is an intensive, full-time professional program designed to be completed in two years. You'll graduate from the MSAT program with the experience and preparation to take the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a certified athletic trainer.

If you've already completed your bachelor's degree, Whitworth's MSAT program allows you to complete your graduate degree in just two years. When combined with an undergraduate degree from Whitworth, our accelerated dual-degree program allows for completion of a bachelor's and a master's degree in just five years.

Academic courses cover content in the following five domains of athletic training:

  • Injury/illness prevention and wellness
  • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  • Organizational and professional health and well-being

Program Format

Classes are primarily face-to-face due to the hands-on nature of the knowledge and skills required for the athletic training profession. During off-campus clinical rotations, a limited number of courses may be offered online or in a hybrid format.

Whitworth's MSAT program is offered in a cohort format. Simply put, this means that you'll be part of a small group that takes the cohort curriculum in sequence, one course at a time, and completes the program as a unit. Because student groups stay together throughout the program, they develop a stronger sense of community and collaborative learning, while instructors build upon a knowledge base that increases with each successive course.

  • Admission Requirements

    Application Deadline

    Graduate Admissions

    The online application form will open Sept. 15, 2017.

    Priority Deadline: Dec. 1
    Regular Admission Deadline: Feb. 15

    *Admissions for the professional phase of the MSAT program will begin in 2017-18; classes will begin in summer 2018. Cohorts will begin each summer semester following.

    Student's applying to the professional phase of Whitworth's MSAT program must first complete the following admission requirements:

    • Current Whitworth students and transfer students applying for the five-year accelerated track must demonstrate successful completion of all undergraduate major and general education requirements prior to starting the professional phase of the MSAT program. Completion of the pre-athletic-training track does not guarantee entry in the MSAT program. If you are applying to the undergraduate phase of the Athletic Training Program, view the undergraduate admissions requirements.

      Students applying directly to the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program must apply through the Whitworth Graduate Admissions Office. Requirements include...
    • a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • completion of the Supplemental Athletic Training Application (including current résumé, written essay and letters of recommendation).;
    • current CPR and First Aid certification;
    • more than 60 observation hours documented in at least two different clinical location/practice settings (click here for observation hours form);
    • a successful interview with the AT program Admissions Committee (if needed);
    • an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher;
    • completion of the prerequisite courses listed below with a grade "C" or better within the last eight years. Equivalent Whitworth courses are suggested in parentheses.

      Anatomy & Physiology: Two courses in a combined Anatomy & Physiology sequence (i.e. Anatomy & Physiology I & II), or one course in each anatomy and physiology; must include a laboratory experience (HS 220, HS 221)

      Nutrition or Personal Health & Nutrition: One course covering the different macro- and micronutrients in foods and how a balance of these nutrients contributes to a healthy diet (HS 315, HS 363)

      Structural & Mechanical Kinesiology: One course covering the analysis of human motion, including joint and muscular action (HS 320)

      Exercise Physiology: One course covering human physiology during exercise; laboratory experience strongly recommended (HS 326 and HS 326L)

      Introduction to Psychology: One course covering introductory human psychology and behavior (PY 101)

      Elementary Probability & Statistics: One course covering descriptive statistics, probability, basic principles of hypothesis testing and data analysis (MA 256)

      Writing: One course focusing on academic writing and research, emphasis on revision and adaptation of writing for appropriate audiences (EL 110)

    It is the student's responsibility to check for course equivalency. Refer to the Whitworth Transfer Equivalency Guide or contact the Whitworth University Registrar's Office ( for more information. Course title, credits and numbers vary by school.

  • Curriculum for Master's in Athletic Training

    Course # Course Title Credits
    AT 520 Emergency Response and Acute Care 3
    AT 521 Techniques in AT 1
    AT 532 Pathophysiology and Modalities 3
    AT 537 Clinical Anatomy Lab 2
    AT 534 Examination of Lower Extremity Pathology 4
    AT 544 Techniques in Manual Therapy 2
    AT 545 Examination of Spine & Upper Extremity Path. 4
    AT 546 General Medical Conditions 3
    AT 549 Research Methods of Evidence-Based Practice 3
    AT 552 Therapeutic Exercise 3
    AT 557 Biomechanics of Human Movement 3
    AT 559 Statistics in Healthcare Research 3
    AT 561 Exam Preparation 1
    AT 563 Administration & Business in AT 3
    AT 571-6 Clinical I-VI 12
    AT 581 Seminar in Healthcare 2
    AT 582 Seminar in Athletic Training 2
    AT 583 Pharmacology for AT 2
    AT 584 Psychology for AT 2
    AT 585 Sports Nutrition 3
    AT 586 Strength & Conditioning 3
    AT 598A Capstone in AT 1
    AT 598B Capstone in AT 1
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