Athletic Training M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
https://www.towson.edu/chp/departments/kinesiology/athletic-training/index.html

Program Director: Emily E. Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC
Phone: 410-704-3174
Email: ehildebrand@towson.edu

The professional Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at Towson University is a competency-based program, comprised of classroom and clinical learning, designed to meet educational and healthcare workforce needs and opportunities for athletic trainers. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service and treatment under the direction of, or in collaboration with, a physician. As part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in the physically active population.   

Professional Accreditation

The accrediting body for an athletic training program is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Towson University professional Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval. 

Students who successfully complete the MS in AT curriculum requirements and graduate are eligible to take the national Board of Certification Examination, Inc. for the athletic trainer. Upon successful completion of this examination, individuals are then considered certified athletic trainers (ATC) and should then complete state guidelines in order to enter the workforce. Most states require a license to work as an AT. More information regarding the athletic training profession may be found by visiting the National Athletic Trainers' Association

Admission Requirements

All of the following criteria must be met in order for your application to be considered.

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission. (All GPA requirements are calculated based on the last 60 units of undergraduate study). The degree must be officially awarded and indicated via official transcript by May 31 in order to be officially enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program. 
  • Transcript evidence of completing the following 11 prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better by May 31:
  1. Biology (100 level or higher) - 4 units minimum
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)- 4 units minimum 
  3. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) - 4 units minimum
  4. Chemistry (with a lab) - 4 units minimum
  5. Physics (with a lab; does not have to be calculus based) - 4 units minimum
  6. Basic Statistics - 3 units minimum
  7. Nutrition - 3 units minimum
  8. Human Movement (Biomechanics) - 3 units minimum
  9. Exercise Physiology - 3 units minimum
  • Emergency Cardiac Care certification 
  • All required immunizations and completed technical standards form 
  • Completion of at least 50 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer who is currently in good standing with the Board of Certification, Inc. and also holds the affiliated state certification. All 50 hours of observation must be completed within 3 years of the application deadline. All 50 hours must be completed in a minimum of 2 different settings (i.e. secondary school, college/university, industrial, clinic, military, performing arts) and show evidence of a variety of populations. The applicant must show evidence of being in each setting for at least 10 hours. All observation hours must be documented and signed by the overseeing athletic trainer. 
  • Three professional references in which at least 1 reference is from a certified athletic trainer and the other 2 may be from a faculty member or another professional. 
  • Admission essay that elaborates on your short/long term goals as related to obtaining an MSAT degree and how you will contribute to today's health care society.
  • Resume containing education, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences.
  • Complete an in person interview (will be scheduled with MSAT faculty once application and admissions materials are received).
  • Complete the Towson University online Graduate Application.

Admissions Timeline

Students are admitted to the summer term only and no applications will be accepted for the fall or spring terms. Those wishing to begin graduate work in the summer must have their completed application and admission materials submitted to the University Admissions. Priority will be granted to individuals who have materials submitted by March 1st. Applications will be reviewed by the MSAT faculty from March 1st to April 15th. Once materials have been received, applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be invited for an in person interview with the MSAT faculty. The interview is a required part of the application process and will occur in April. Offers of admission will be sent in May with an expected acceptance date of May 31st (this timeline is tentative and subject to change). Admission is granted on a competitive basis. 

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program is a 60 unit graduate degree designed for students who are interested in becoming an athletic trainer and do not currently possess a degree in this field of study. The program is a combination of 30 units of didactic and theory coursework, 12 units of on-campus laboratory coursework, and 18 units of clinical coursework that are completed over 2 years. Students must maintain their emergency cardiac care certification, all health documentation, and proof of health insurance coverage in order to maintain good standing in the program and be eligible for fieldwork experiences. Students who do not maintain compliance with the full policy will not be in good standing with the program and will not be eligible to register for coursework including fieldwork experiences. The full policy is provided upon admission to the MSAT. 

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework. If these standards are not maintained, the student will be placed on academic probation for 1 year. No student will be placed on academic probation twice; if standards are not maintained after serving 1 probationary period, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students may repeat a course a maximum of 1 time. The following graduate coursework must be completed in order to be eligible for graduation and to sit for the National Board of Certification, Inc. examination

ATTR 560FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS AND COMPETENCIES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING3
ATTR 565HEALTH INFORMATICS AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT3
ATTR 602PRACTICUM I: CLINICAL APPLICATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING COMPETENCIES3
ATTR 604PRACTICUM II: CLINICAL CARE OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY3
ATTR 606PRACTICUM III: CLINICAL CARE OF THE UPPER EXTREMITY3
ATTR 615ACUTE AND TRAUMATIC INJURY: ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT3
ATTR 622ACUTE AND REHABILITATIVE CARE: THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES3
ATTR 623REHABILITATIVE CARE: THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE3
ATTR 625EVIDENCE BASED ASSESSMENT OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY3
ATTR 626EVIDENCE BASED ASSESSMENT OF THE UPPER EXTREMITY3
ATTR 627EVIDENCE BASED ASSESSMENT OF THE HEAD AND SPINE3
ATTR 650HUMAN PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION3
ATTR 668ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING AND PHARMACOLOGY3
ATTR 681EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING3
ATTR 701MAXIMIZING REHABILITATION INTERVENTIONS3
ATTR 702PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS6
ATTR 703PRACTICUM IV: COMPREHENSIVE PATIENT CENTERED CARE9
Total Units60
  1. Patient Centered Care: Demonstrate clinical competence in the areas of injury assessment, diagnosis, immediate management, and rehabilitation through knowledge, psychomotor skills, and clinical reasoning to effectively treat patients. 
  2. Evidence-Based Practice: Implement evidence-based practice to connect didactic content with clinical decision making in the delivery of patient care to maximize patient outcomes. 
  3. Professionalism: Demonstrate professional involvement in the field of athletic training through service, advocacy, and ethical practice. 
  4. Health Care Informatics: Integrate principles and practices of health care informatics to the administration and delivery of patient care, including data to drive informed decisions; document, communicate, and manage health-related information; mitigate error; and support decision making. 
  5. Interprofessional Practice: Promote the role of athletic trainers as members of a broader health care community and the importance of working collaboratively with other health care providers in optimizing patient care. 
  6. Quality Improvement: Interpret patient outcomes measures to assess patient status, progress, and changes over time lending to quality care and improvement.