This comprehensive masters' degree is a 2-year program that starts annually in June.
Incoming students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in athletic training should pursue a bachelor's degree in any program and obtain the necessary prerequisites.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in collaboration with a physician. As part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program prepares graduate to be professionally engaged while delivering high quality patient-centered care as athletic trainers. The MSAT is a 2-year, 6-semester program that combines didactic education with diverse clinical experiences.
Through a comprehensive and innovative experience, the Western Carolina University Athletic Training Program aspires to be a recognized leader in preparing highly skilled and professionally progressive leaders in the field of athletic training.
Early Application Deadline: October 15th
Regular Application Deadline: February 1st
The following are requirements for application to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. All of the following requirements must be submitted through ATCAS.
GRE is not required.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is a full-time program beginning in June.
The current curriculum is 67 credits of both didactic and clinic education courses over two years.
The WCU AT program uses a combination of traditional and immersive clinical experiences.
Students complete clinical rotations at local secondary schools, colleges, and physicians’ offices; additionally, students have opportunities to complete clinical rotations in various settings across the country.
Students will be required to supply their own transportation to and from clinical sites. All costs associated with transportation to and from all clinical education sites will be paid solely by the student.
Students in this program, in addition to normal weekday practices and competition, may be required to complete clinical experiences during weekends, holidays, and vacation periods and/or during semester breaks. Assignments to clinical education sites are based on the requirements of the CAATE, needs of the individual student, and availability of affiliated sites.
Students in the WCU AT will have additional opportunities to grow professionally and give back to the community. Opportunities include:
The faculty and staff of WCU’s Athletic Training Program are committed to students’ success and to building strong, competent athletic training professionals.
MSAT Program Director
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Dr. Larry Supik, MD
ATP Medical Director