Master of Science in ATHLETIC TRAINING
Message from The Program Director
The mission of The University of Alabama's Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (AT Program) is to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination and successful careers in athletic training. To this end, we will provide quality graduate coursework with innovative and hands-on learning experiences in didactic, laboratory, and clinical education that emphasizes evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration in health care and equitable patient-centered care.
The University of Alabama (UA) AT Program will be known as a top AT program in the country for all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The UA AT program will be a student-centered program committed to providing supreme learning experiences and superior healthcare that emphasizes the growth of students as athletic trainers and members of society.
The University of Alabama has been formally approved to offer a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The University of Alabama Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval. Pending CAATE approval of the degree transition, students who successfully complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training program will be eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination. Certification as an athletic trainer through the Board of Certification is required to practice as an athletic trainer. Candidates sitting for the BOC Examination must graduate from a CAATE-accredited professional AT program. CAATE-accredited professional AT programs provide the student with the appropriate formal classroom instruction and clinical experience necessary to succeed as an entry-level allied health professional. For a detailed list of AT Programs accredited by CAATE, visit the CAATE website, https://caate.net.
Core beliefs define the principles that guide how are educational program is developed and delivered. The core beliefs for our program have been designed with input from core faculty, adjunct faculty, preceptors, current students, alumni, and department, college, and university administrators. We believe:
Learning outcomes are professional behaviors of students that would indicate that we are achieving our mission and adhering to our core beliefs. The learning outcomes for our program have been designed with input from core faculty, adjunct faculty, preceptors, current students, alumni, and department, college, and university administrators. Upon graduation from the UA MSAT program students will:
For the 2017-2020 cohort, 80 program graduates sat for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination for Athletic Trainers. Fifty-nine of these graduates passed the examination on the first attempt, resulting in a 3-year first time BOC pass rate of 74%. Seventy-three of these students passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts (91%). Click here for additional information on AT Program outcomes. Please visit the CAATE website for additional information on national BOC pass rates.
In 1987, funding for the preliminary development of an AT Program at The University of Alabama was obtained through grants from The University of Alabama, AMI West Alabama Hospital, and DCH Regional Medical Center. Athletic Training is currently recognized as a major leading to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree within the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Professional Education Committee approved the AT Program in July 1991 and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs accredited the program in 1996 and 2001. In April 2018, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) awarded the AT Program 10 years of continuing accreditation. In June 2020, The University of Alabama Board of Trustees Approved the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.