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Hal Strough, Ph.D., ATR, ATC
Department Chair
Burns Wellness Center, Room 232
(218) 723-6798

Athletic Training (M.S. in 5 option)

Fast Facts: Athletic Training (M.S. in 5 option)

  • Students enter the program from a variety of undergraduate majors, however there are prerequisites that need to be satisfied before entering the master's program.
  • Features outstanding faculty who are well-respected in this field.
  • Fully accredited by CAATE, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  • Prepares students to sit for the BOC Inc. Athletic Training examination.
  • Students learn to carry out Benedictine values as they recognize, try to prevent, and manage sports injuries, and work to rehabilitate the people afflicted by them. Students have access to a cadaver lab and unique state-of-the art learning in kinesiotaping training and manual therapy techniques.
  • Clinical experiences include exposure to multiple career settings (college/university, high school, clinic).
  • Unrivaled facilities and technologies such as Kin Com Isokinetic Testing; Dartfish Video Analysis Software; Biodex Balance and Unweighing Systems; Chattanooga Vectra Genisys Muscle Stimulation; Ultrasound and Laser/Light Therapy; and Powerplate Airdaptive 5 Vibration Therapy.

Program Requirements

Students may choose from two admission options:

  • During the junior year, undergraduates can apply for the “M.S in Five” program to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years, an attractive option for those who are certain they want to become athletic trainers.
  • Apply for post-baccalaureate admission to the program while completing a bachelor’s degree or following completion of that degree.

Master's degree required in 2022

The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance has agreed to a new set of standards that requires aspiring athletic trainers to get their master's degree before they enter the profession.

Even though the change won't take effect until the year 2022, we're already ahead of the curve. We have the only master's-level athletic training program in the state of Minnesota. Our M.S. in Five program will put you ahead of athletic training graduates entering the job market with a bachelor's degree now or a master's degree later.


For guidance on securing internships, contact the department chair. St. Scholastica students have interned at a variety of sites, including ESPN Wide World of Sports, Minnesota Twins minor league complex, J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camps, Minnesota Golden Gophers football, Fairview Hospital, collegiate athletic programs and fitness centers.


The job outlook for Athletic Training graduates is very positive. Upon graduating, students have secured positions within healthcare facilities, university settings, and fitness and rehabilitation centers. Pairing Athletic Training with courses in the School of Business and Technology can help prepare students aspiring to open their own practice.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse ATR 3000 - Introduction to Athletic Training

This course will introduce the prospective athletic training student to career issues; terminology; injury prevention, evaluation, and treatment strategies; and orient the student to the service learning experience. Students will recognize common injuries and illnesses of the physically active, important legal concepts, and contemporary terminology.

Expand and Collapse ATR 3001 - Introduction to Clinical Experience in Athletic Training

This course will introduce the prospective athletic training student to the clinical setting with a focus on having the student reflect about various elements of the experience and potential career suitability. Students will participate in basic job tasks and become familiar with the working areas and functions of an athletic training facility and clinical care.

Expand and Collapse BIO 1036 - Biology of the Cell

Introduction to cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences (biology majors take BIO 1110 and 1120). Topics include the study of structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; study of the structure, function and behavior of cells; an introduction to cellular metabolism. 2 class hours.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2110 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Introductory study of anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate body with an emphasis on the human. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, and systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, body defense systems and the gross anatomy of musculature. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1110 or BIO 1036.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3020 - Pathophysiology

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology.

Expand and Collapse CHM 1110 - General Chemistry I

Introduces atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical periodicity, and equilibrium. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and appropriate placement test score.

Expand and Collapse EXP 3321 - Kinesiology

The kinesiology course provides students the opportunity to engage in an advanced introduction to: (a) the study of the origins, insertions, and functions of 75 major muscles of the upper and lower extremities; (b) the brachial plexus and lumbar-sacral plexus and the role of each in muscle function and dysfunction; (c) the application of functional anatomy concepts in weight lifting and stretching exercises, human movement activities, and athletics; and (d) the blending of anatomical information with the physiology of the body to thoroughly grasp the meaning of “the science of movement.”

Expand and Collapse EXP 3322 - Biomechanics

Fundamental principles, calculations and applications of biomechanical analysis to the human body at rest and during movement. Special attention is given to the relationship of biomechanics to kinesiology and exercise physiology in order to understand the role of physical stressors as they influence significant clinical changes in the body.

Expand and Collapse EXP 3323 - Sports Nutrition

Structure, function and dietary sources of macro and micronutruients. Determination of individual nutrient requirements and diet analysis. Effect of nutrition and hydration on health and athletic performance. Efficacy and ethical considerations regarding the use of nutritional manipulation techniques, supplements and ergogenic aids to improve performance and enhance recovery. Prerequisite: CHM 1040.

Expand and Collapse EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology

Basic principles of human physiology and metabolic processes used to produce and store energy with direct application to acute and chronic exercise. Structure, function and measurement of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and neuromuscular systems with respect to human activity and athletic performance. Measurement of hemodynamic parameters and expired ventilatory gases to determine energy expenditure at rest and during exercise. Prerequisite: BIO 2110.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2001 - Physics I

Covers algebra-based general physics including Newtonian mechanics (motion, force, energy, momentum), harmonic motion, fluids, and thermodynamics. Students must have ease and familiarity with basic algebraic and trigonometric techniques. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: A grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in College Algebra (MATH 1111) or a C or better in a more advanced college math course or a math ACT score of 24 or higher or by permission of the instructor.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2002 - Physics II

Continues the study of algebra-based general physics including content in electricity and magnetism, geometric optics, sound and light waves, and selected topics in modern physics. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: A grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in PSC 2001.

Expand and Collapse PSY 1105 - General Psychology

Designed to provide an overview of concepts, methods, and applications of psychology. Topics include psychology as a science, research methods, perspectives of psychology, sub disciplines of psychology, biological foundations of behavior, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking, language development, intelligence testing, personality, psychological disorders, psychological and biomedical therapies for psychological disorders and social psychology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 2208 - Lifespan Developmental PSY

Cognitive, personality/social, and physical development from conception to death. Within a life span developmental perspective, the course examines research methods, developmental theories, and application of research findings to selected problems in the major periods of the life span: the prenatal period, infancy, early/middle/late childhood, adolescence, and young/middle/late adulthood. The developmental perspective provides an important foundation for understanding normal children and adults, while also providing the essential knowledge base for the modern view of psychological disturbances as "normal development gone awry." This approach has practical implications for individuals with interests in parenting, caregiving, education, social services, and health sciences with both normal and exceptional populations. Prerequisite: none, but sophomore standing recommended.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3341 - Introduction to Counseling

Identification of communication and counseling skills for working with all age groups. Topics include active listening skills, counseling process, empathic responding, overcoming barriers to communication, assets and limitations of paraprofessional helpers and counseling ethics. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3423 - Abnormal Psychology

Provides an overview of what is considered to be abnormal behavior in American society. The main focus of the course is on describing various mental disorders and discussing how these disorders are explained and treated according to the major theoretical perspectives. Important issues related to diagnosing, researching and treating mental disorders are also addressed. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology and junior status recommended.

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  • "The athletic training degree I received from CSS prepared me for a great career. I’m working at the Division I level and recently helped paralympic throwers at the Olympic Training Center. One of the athletes not only let me hold her bronze medal from London, but insisted I wear it."

    –Callie Bartel, ’11