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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Be on the frontline of health-care service for athletes and the physically-active. 

Become an expert in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Specializing in prevention, rehabilitation, and management of injuries resulting from participation in athletics and physical activity, the athletic trainer is an integral member of the sports medicine team. The athletic trainer works in cooperation with the physicians, parents, coaches, and administrators to maintain the safety and well-being of athletes and the physically active.

Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals and are employed in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, and sports medicine clinics. The National Athletic Trainers Association, based in Dallas TX, currently has over 26,000 members.

As a member of a sports medicine team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. The Division of Athletic Training is committed to educating students who possess a strong background in human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, and are able to apply this knowledge in the actual sports/clinical setting. 


What Our Program Offers You

What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire 

Students who complete the program are prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.

Board of Certification Rates for Shenandoah University MSAT Program 
2012-2013 100%
2011-2012 94.1%

Upon completion of the classroom and clinical requirements of the Master of Science in Athletic 
Training Program a student will:

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of prevention of athletic injuries to athletes of all ages and abilities. 
  •  Demonstrate competency in the various methods and practices which can be used to help bring about a reduction in athletic injuries. 
  • Integrate scientific knowledge and clinical psychomotor skills along with critical thinking/problem solving abilities to assess and rehabilitate athletic injuries. 
  • Provide appropriate levels of emergency care for athletic injuries and differentiate between cases that require referral to emergency medical services or to physicians. 
  • Create, manage, and modify a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletes recovering from illness and injury, facilitating their return to full athletic participation. 
  • Initiate, organize, and administer an athletic training service project to high school or college athletic training program, sports medicine clinic, corporate fitness setting, or the local community. 
  • Provide information, counsel, and guidance regarding the importance, nature, and extent of sports health care intervention necessary to maintain the overall health and well being of an athlete to the individual athlete, the coach, the parents, and other vested parties. 
  • Recognize the need for understanding, utilizing, and contributing to evidence based practice in the field of athletic training. Included in this is demonstrating the ability to critically analyze peer reviewed literature, practicing skills that have been scientifically proven to be effective, performing a clinical research project. 
  • Develop a sense of professionalism and incorporate the NATA Code of Ethics into daily practice.

What makes our program unique?

This program has been uniquely designed to offer clinical field experiences in the fall and spring semesters under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers in a variety of settings, including Shenandoah University, other affiliated colleges and universities, affiliated high schools, affiliated professional athletic training room settings and affiliated sports medicine clinics. As a graduate program, the Division of Athletic Training is committed to incorporating clinical research as part of the entry-level educational experience. Students propose, perform, defend and present a scientific study as a culminating project in the curriculum. 

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Course Requirements

Pre-requisites for Master of Science in Athletic Training 

Course Credits
English Composition and Literature 6
Math Algebra/Pre-Calculus and Statistics 6
Anatomy and Physiology 8
General Biology 4
Chemistry I 4
Introduction to Psychology 3
Humanity Elective 3
A minimum of six credits from the following (must have a minimum of two of these classes):
Biomechanics or Kinesiology 3
Physics I 4
Physics II 4
Chemistry II 4
Biochemistry 4
Exercise Physiology 3
12 credits from the following:  
Public Speaking 3
Developmental or Abnormal Psychology 3
Sociology 3
Computer Science 3
Nutrition 3
Human Growth and Development 3
Community Health 3
Introduction to Athletic Training 3
Ethics 3
Measurement and Evaluation in Health  
Physical education 3
Total 52-54

* A research design course may be used in place of statistics if the courses syllabus demonstrates use of statistics in planning quantitative research. Other prerequisites may have slightly differing names. Course substitutions must be approved by the program director.

* Demonstration of skill in micro-computing may be used in place of a three-credit course such as passage of a Microsoft Office test. This substitution must be approved by the program director.


Rose Schmieg

Program Director/Associate Professor of Athletic Training
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