About the Program

Overview

The master’s in athletic training is a 63-unit program comprising two eight-week summer terms and four traditional 16-week terms.

Through academic coursework and hands-on clinical experiences integrated with a Christian worldview, students learn how to provide immediate and follow-up care to patients while under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students observe, learn from, interact with, and are supervised by a variety of health care personnel and members of the public, which may include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, patients, athletes, coaches, and parents.

Students enrolled in this program complete coursework in the areas of acute care and emergency management of injuries, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities and exercise, biomechanics, pharmacology and medical conditions, strength and conditioning, health care administration, psychological and spiritual aspects of injury and illness, and research methodology.

A Day in the Life of an MSAT Student

A typical day in the life of a student in this program begins with morning classes with his/her cohort. After completing the first summer session of foundational courses, the afternoons and evenings in the fall, spring, and second summer include clinical experiences with health care professionals in a variety of settings that provide opportunities to apply the classroom content to an actual patient population.

Program Status and Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-26 academic year.

Students who apply must complete prerequisite courses and other admissions requirements prior to enrolling. Following the completion of the degree program, students may be eligible to sit for the BOC examination to become a certified athletic trainer.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a certified athletic trainer. Is this program right for me?

No. There are several types of graduate programs related to athletic training. Our program is a postbaccalaureate professional program designed for students interested in pursuing the BOC credential.

I recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate athletic training program, but I haven’t taken the BOC exam yet. Is this program right for me?

No. There are several types of graduate programs related to athletic training. Our program is a postbaccalaureate professional program designed for students interested in pursuing the BOC credential. As a graduate of an accredited undergraduate athletic training program, you’re already eligible for the BOC exam.

What’s the difference between undergraduate and graduate degrees in athletic training?

In general, there are two types of accredited athletic training programs and several degree levels. Professional programs prepare students for entering the profession after successfully passing the Board of Certification exam. Professional programs are offered at the undergraduate (baccalaureate) and graduate (postbaccalaureate) degree levels. Both programs include the same educational content to prepare students for the BOC exam; however, some postbaccalaureate programs include additional emphasis in specialty areas or research. The postprofessional program is a second type of graduate program option for certified athletic trainers or students who are already eligible for the BOC exam and are seeking an advanced degree.

What undergraduate major is required to be accepted to the MSAT?

There is no specific major required for admission to the MSAT, but there are specific prerequisite courses. See the list of required and recommended courses.

What undergraduate major would you suggest before entering the MSAT?

If at APU, we suggest the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (health professions concentration), since it includes most of the prerequisite courses (see answer to previous question) and provides opportunities for students to achieve certifications in strength and fitness—excellent additions to athletic training. It is imperative that the student receive academic advising from a kinesiology or athletic training faculty member as soon as possible. If not at APU as an undergraduate, we suggest kinesiology, exercise science, or some type of health, fitness, or premedicine major, though any major is acceptable as long as the prerequisites are met.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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