The Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at the University of La Verne prepares students to become certified athletic trainers who are compassionate global citizens and leaders from diverse backgrounds and who possess the skills necessary to be competent, ethical, collaborative, and accomplished healthcare providers.
This degree program was designed in response to the decision by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Board of Certification (BOC), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to transition all undergraduate athletic training degrees to entry-level master’s degree as a requirement for certification eligibility. The MSAT prepares students for the BOC examination by addressing the required educational competencies and clinical proficiencies through a challenging curriculum that integrates didactic knowledge and clinical application.
Curriculum and Program Prerequisites
The MSAT is a cohort-model program beginning in the fall of each year. The program is delivered over two academic years (Fall-January-Spring-Summer-Fall-Spring).
Grounded in evidence-based practice, the first year focuses on critical knowledge and skills grouped by body areas (e.g., fall semester is lower extremity, spring semester is upper extremity and head/spine) and the second year focuses on patient care. Students’ final semester includes the new CAATE mandated ‘immersive’ experience where students have a minimum of 4 weeks full-time (i.e., no in-class meetings) at a clinical site. The curriculum also intentionally reflects our University’s and Program’s values of diversity and inclusivity.
This program can be completed in two years, 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.
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
- High schools
- Hospitals and Rehabilitation Clinics
- 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 February 15, 2019 for priority admittance and May 15, 2019 for admission into the inaugural class, which begins in fall 2019. Request more information or begin the application process now.