The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at the University of La Verne prepares students to launch careers in a growing field. A degree in athletic training helps students develop the skills needed to assess, diagnose, and treat muscle and bone injuries, as well as offer preventative care to patients.
Combining clinical experience with theoretical knowledge, La Verne’s program positions students to work with a diverse array of patients to overcome injuries and achieve athletic goals. Focus is also placed on applying ethical reasoning, cultural competencies, and interpersonal skills needed for success in the field.
This program can be completed in only five semesters, and graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam, a mandatory examination an individual is required to pass to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Curriculum and Program Prerequisites
With a focus on cultivating qualified professionals, the MSAT curriculum develops critical thinking skills, good judgement, and excellent adaptability within healthcare situations.
Courses focus on a combination of foundational and advanced concepts, including:
- Evidence-based practice
- Prevention and health promotion
- Clinical examination and diagnosis
- Acute care of injury and illness
- Therapeutic interventions
- Psychosocial strategies and referral
- Healthcare administration
- Professional development and responsibility
Graduates of this MSAT program will be able to confidently assess injuries, act as a first response in case of emergencies, offer diagnosis and treatment suggestions for complex sports-related injuries, and support patients through the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Applicants must provide transcripts for certain prerequisite courses. Interested students should view our detailed admission requirements for more information.
Jobs in Athletic Training
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for athletic trainers are expected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026. Before entering the field, graduates must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Over the past three years, the University of La Verne has seen a 100% pass rate for students who sat for the BOC exam after completing the Bachelor’s in Athletic Training program, and 86% of those students passes the exam on the first try.
Once certified, graduates can begin careers as qualified athletic trainers, helping people of all ages from young athletes to the elderly. Employment is widely available across many fitness and healthcare settings, including:
- College and Universities
- Performing Arts Centers
- Fitness and Recreation Sports Centers
La Verne’s Master’s in Athletic Training program is suited for those looking to pursue a career in sports medicine. Apply by May 15, 2019 for admission into the inaugural class, which begins in summer 2019. Request more information or begin the application process now.