The King’s College Master of Athletic Training Program has been designed to integrate formal classroom instruction, clinical education and laboratory experiences. Upon completion, students will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and begin their practice as a certified athletic trainer.
Our program guides students in understanding how to reduce the physical damage caused by sports injuries. Students are taught how to administer the many ways to heal fatigued and injured body parts. Areas of study include advanced human anatomy, evidence-based medicine, therapeutic and psychosocial interventions Our interprofessional coursework provides students with a unique appreciation and perspective from their peers in other health professions, including physician assistants and nursing. We include critical thinking and leadership skills in the curriculum to help our graduates become confident and skilled leaders in the field of athletic training.
While your coursework provides the cornerstone of your education, it’s the practical education gained from clinical experiences that connect what you learn in the classroom with the true nature of the profession. Students will complete 55 weeks of clinical experience, 16 of these weeks being in a completely immersive setting. Under the supervision of experienced, certified and licensed health care providers, your fieldwork will take place in a variety of settings to give you a broad exposure to diverse patient populations in order to provide the best care possible. Clinical experiences will increase in time commitment, starting with shorter rotations and transitioning into more full-time experiences as the program progresses. The other key component to our MSAT program is research, which students are encouraged to take part in as part of the evidence-based learning process. Our dedicated Sports Medicine Clinic and excellent lab facilities provide the tools needed to test theories and help you understand how to apply research to real scenarios. Whether it is participating in a research project developed by one of our faculty members, presenting at state and national athletic training symposiums or completing an independent project – you’ll gain a true perspective of what it takes to advance the field of athletic training.
The graduate program consists of 60 credits over a full-time, two-year period.
Graduate Year 1 (Total credits: 37). Three sessions, beginning in summer. Consists of 10 didactic courses and 2 practicum courses. The clinical experiences are designed to provide real-world patient encounters early in the course of study, while allowing the student to apply skills learned in first-year classes (such as Prevention, Evaluation, and Diagnosis and Therapeutic Interventions) on actual patients.
Graduate Year 2 (Total credits: 23). Fall and Spring semesters. The two semesters consist of five courses, one three-week immersive experience, two four-week immersive experiences, and one eight-week immersive experience extending over the course of the year. These are full-time clinical experiences, which allow the student to take part in the totality of the athletic training profession. Clinical rotations can be customized to a student’s individual plan for post-graduation employment and can occur anywhere in the country. They take place in a variety of traditional settings (professional, college, and school-age sports) and emerging (physician’s office, public safety, armed forces, and occupational and industrial health care) settings.
The 3+2 program is divided into two components over a five-year period.
Pre-Professional Phase: Undergraduate component, Years 1,2, and 3. Students in the Pre-Professional Phase will have the major of Exercise Science – Pre- Athletic Training Track. These students will enter the Professional Phase upon successful completion of Year 3 and upon meeting all requirements for entry into the Professional Phase.
Professional Phase: Graduate component, Years 4 and 5. Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree upon successful completion of Year 4 and a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree upon successful completion of Year 5.