Athletic Training

Athletic training student taping an ankle

FAST FACTS: M.S. Athletic Training

  • A unique and highly sought-after CAATE-accredited two year master’s degree program*
  • Learn in our cutting edge facilities — offering a first-semester cadaver dissection anatomy experience, additional education for Graston certification and training in Kinesiotaping and manual therapy techniques
  • Worldwide opportunities to earn summer practicum credits. One student event went to the Dominican Republic
  • Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program for the June 2015 entering class will apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application. Learn more.
  • 70 total program credits

Tuition: $710/credit*

*Tuition rates are subject to change. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies with individual program plans.

Graphic showing the NATA Board Certification Exam Results

Why a Master’s in Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers help keep athletes and other physically active people at the top of their game. And a master’s degree helps you do that better — and makes you more competitive in the job market.

In fact, Over 70% of athletic trainers possess advanced degrees and those with master's degrees earn, on average, $5,000 more per year than those with bachelor's degrees.

But that’s not the only reason to get your master’s. A new set of standards set by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, requires all aspiring athletic trainers to get their master's degree before they enter the profession. Students intending to enter baccalaureate programs will not be able to do so after 2022

Why CSS?

Even though this change doesn’t take effect until 2022, we're already ahead of the curve. We have the only master's-level athletic training program in the state of Minnesota and have for the past six years.

With opportunities to work with the latest technology and techniques (including Biodex Balance System, Power Plate Vibration Therapy, ImPACT), intern with teams and organizations worldwide, and conduct research that earns national recognition from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), we provide the hands-on education you need to make a difference in the field.

Program options for graduates and undergraduates

  • Post-baccalaureate master's program. For students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. This option takes 23 months to complete and offers the opportunity to focus on a concentrated program of study.
  • "Finish in Five" program. For students without a bachelor's degree, we offer an accelerated program in which you earn both a bachelor's and master's degree. The program takes five years to complete.

What’s next?

The short answer — a career. Whether it’s in hospitals, clinics, high schools, colleges or with professional sports teams, 100 percent of our graduates find jobs once they graduate. And since the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30 percent job growth for athletic trainers between now and 2020, it’s only going to get better. 

Next Steps...

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  • Detailed program overview
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Interested in Athletic Training?

Contact Us

Courtney EickmanCourtney Eickman
Admissions Counselor, Duluth Campus
(877) 287-8731

Hal StroughHal Strough
Chair, Athletic Training Department
(218) 723-6798
(866) 478-9277

In the News

November 11, 2014
Training for training
Julia Carr receives major-league athletic training preparation in the Dominican Republic.

  • Julia Carr on the baseball field

    "I had already been exposed to many of the injuries I worked with in my internship in class at CSS. The program gave me ample experience in thinking quickly and critically. I've had to make many quick decisions in the field and have been able to trust myself based on the success I had at CSS."

    – Julia Carr, ‘15

  • Portrait of Leah Paul

    "I could not have asked for a better education and experience than the one I got in the MS Athletic Training program at CSS. The staff worked diligently to make sure the students got a blend of class and hands on experience. I will forever be an advocate for the Athletic Training program at CSS!"

    – Leah Paul, MS

  • "The athletic training education I received at CSS was second to none. The additional certifications we gained, the additional coursework we took, and the wide variety of clinical experiences we had, prepared each student for their desired job in the unique setting they want."

    – Christina Hirsch, MS, ATC