Athletic Training Department

Athletic Training Student working on patient

Keeping athletes healthy in a variety of settings

Athletic trainers are health professionals responsible for the prevention, recognition, evaluation, immediate and emergent care treatment, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of the physically active population. Athletic trainers perform under a physician's direction and are typically employed by professional teams, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, industry and more.

The program of study is an entry-level MS program.  It is intended for students seeking initial certification and registration or licensure as an athletic trainer.  Students must successfully complete 63 graduate credits over 23 consecutive months, including clinical experiences and other requirements, to be awarded the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.

Program overview

The program consists of two academic years and two summers of study. The first summer session focuses on foundational knowledge with coursework in anatomy, kinesiology, basic patient assessment skills, and emergency care procedures. Each subsequent semester progresses the student's athletic training knowledge, skills, and abilities, and coursework is paired with required clinical experiences.  In order to further the student's autonomy in patient care, students will complete a 12-week clinical immersion experience during the second year in order to experience what full-time work as an athletic trainer will be like in their future career. 

Clinical experiences frequently require commitments outside of the normal academic day and semester, including evenings and weekends, and, in some instances,  necessitate personal transportation to clinical sites off campus.  Students should keep these realities in mind when considering employment and other extracurricular obligations. 

M.S. in 5 option: Earn your bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years

There will be a maximum of five slots in the program available to students through the MS in 5 option. Students enrolled at CSS may apply for the M.S. in 5 option during fall of their junior year.  Transfer candidates must complete a minimum of 12 CSS credits prior to application.  At the conclusion of the fourth year students will receive a B.A. in Health Sciences. 

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Contact us

Todd Neuharth, Interim Chair

Burns Wellness Commons
Room 234
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-5906
E-mail: ATRFaculty@css.edu