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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 St. Scholastica?

Even though this change doesn’t take effect until 2022, we’re already ahead of the curve. We’ve been offering a master’s degree in Athletic Training since 2009 and continue to offer a cutting-edge curriculum. Our inter-professional educational experience allows students from multiple healthcare disciplines to study and learn together.

Fast Facts

  • Program outcomes, including 100% job placement rate and BOC pass rates exceeding the national average
  • A CAATE-accredited professional program that allows you to complete your degree in under two years — 63 total program credits
  • First-semester human anatomy dissection experience
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) training
  • Learn advanced clinical skills such as suturing, casting, IV methods and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Nationally engaged and award-winning faculty and preceptors whose work with students results in state, regional and national recognition
  • One of the few professional master’s programs offering Division I, professional and industry-related clinical immersions

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Kirsten Eaton, MS, LAT, ATC ‘19

Degree Details

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $745/credit*


* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Course Fees

ATR 6009 | $100
ATR 6012 | $300
ATR 6014 | $105
ATR 6100 | $275
ATR 6102 | $40
ATR 6205 | $80
ATR 6300 | $40
ATR 6401 | $150
ATR 6402 | $30
ATR 6513 | $30
ATR 6514 | $150

Texts: ~$1,000/year

Students are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from clinical rotation sites. Students may utilize the city transit system for many clinical sites within the Twin Ports, which is free of charge with their college ID card. All other program costs are associated with the specific course fees listed above.

Program Overview

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.
  • MS in 5 (3 + 2) Option 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.

Curriculum

The entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training program prepares students for the BOC Inc. Athletic Training exam, a career in athletic training rooted within the broader spectrum of health care, and the ability to exert profound change in an ever-changing world by extending the mission of the College.

Mission Statement

Shaped by the Catholic Benedictine Heritage, the entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica prepares entry-level practitioners in athletic training capable of working collaboratively to care for diverse physically active populations.

Required Courses

ATR 6009 – Emergent Conditions

Prepares providers to evaluate and stabilize patients in emergency situations. Focuses on advanced techniques of rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of critical patients. Development and implementation of selected prevention strategies are incorporated throughout the course.

ATR 6012 – Clinical Gross Anatomy & Human Physiology

Study of the body’s structure organized according to the major regions: lower limb; back and upper limb; thorax; abdomen and pelvis; and head and neck. Laboratory dissections will be utilized throughout the course. In addition to the body structure, essential concepts of physiology and mechanisms of body function are presented at various levels of organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the integrated regulation of various body processes among the major systems.

ATR 6014 – Foundations of Athletic Training

Serves as an introduction to the profession of athletic training; including basic assessment, taping, and bracing skills utilized by athletic trainers.

ATR 6100 – Clinical I

Emphasis centers on preventative care, orthopedic and emergency assessments, and healthcare documentation. This first clinical course, in a series, utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision.

ATR 6102 – Evaluation and Treatment: Orthopedic Conditions

Prepares practitioners in the prevention, diagnosis and initial treatment of orthopedic pathologies of the axial and appendicular skeletal system

ATR 6103 – Health Promotion and Wellness I: Strength and Conditioning

Develops students to formulate wellness plans for individuals or groups, addressing both aerobic and anaerobic systems. Emphasis on screening and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for prevention and reconditioning.

ATR 6104 – Healthcare Documentation

Develops conceptual knowledge, medical terminology, and professional skills to document, manage, and analyze patients’ health information through the adoption and implementation of interoperable health information technologies

ATR 6110 – Athletic Training Program Assessment I

Serves to provide integrated program assessment opportunities.

ATR 6205 – Therapeutic Interventions: Rehabilitative Exercise and Modalities

Prepares practitioners in the theory, principles, and evidence for the utilization of various interventions for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal health. Emphasis on the management of pain and dysfunction through the utilization of manual therapy, exercise, and therapeutic modalities.

ATR 6206 – Health Promotion and Wellness II: Bioenergetics

Provides an overview of human nutrition with an emphasis on patient education, nutritional counseling and planning.

ATR 6207 – Pathophysiology for Athletic Training

Covers basic pathologic conditions and principles including etiology, clinical course, and primary interventions of disorders presented in the context of disablement models.

ATR 6208 – Clinical II

Emphasizes appropriate integration of therapeutic interventions in relation to assessment findings. The second clinical course utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision.

ATR 6210 – Athletic Training Program Assessment II

Serves to provide integrated program assessment opportunities.

ATR 6300 – Evaluation/Treatment: General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training

Prepares athletic trainers as primary care providers who address common diseases and disorders of the body systems, as well as selected systemic diseases in the physically active population.

ATR 6301 – Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers

Focuses on the basic principles of biophysics, biochemistry and physiology, as related to the mechanisms of drug action, biodistribution and metabolism. Selected agents and classes of agents are examined in detail

ATR 6302 – Evidence-Based Practice and Research

Develops clinical reasoning skills and application of evidence-based resources to problem solve as clinicians in an interdisciplinary health care team.

ATR 6303 – Clinical III

Emphasizes pre-participation organizational activities in a secondary school and collegiate/university sports context. The third clinical course utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision.

ATR 6400 – Healthcare Administration

Examines and provides preparation in administrative, managerial, and business duties common to athletic trainers across practice settings including program delivery, risk management, development of policies/procedures, healthcare revenue and reimbursement, and resource management

ATR 6401 – Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training I

Provides preparation in advanced clinical practice concepts and techniques.

ATR 6402 – Clinical IV

Emphasizes full-time, immersive clinical placements designed to reflect the daily clinical and administrative practices of an athletic trainer. The fourth clinical course utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision

ATR 6403 – Clinical V

Emphasizes the inclusion of advanced athletic training skills and incorporation of evidence-based techniques in daily practice. The fifth clinical course utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision

ATR 6410 – Athletic Training Program Assessment III

Serves to provide integrated program assessment opportunities.

ATR 6513 – Capstone Experience

Provides for comprehensive evaluations of the integration of athletic training knowledge, skills, and attributes and directed research experiences emphasizing evidence-based practice techniques to answer clinical problems.

ATR 6514 – Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training II

Covers basic principles of diagnostic imaging pertinent to clinical practice. Compares and contrasts various imaging techniques, interpretation of reports and appropriate referrals.

ATR 6515 – Clinical VI

Emphasizes design, implementation, and management of patient care plans while monitoring patient outcomes to measure plans’ effectiveness. The final clinical course utilizes patient/client interactions at various practice settings to develop and evaluate students’ knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making abilities while under preceptor supervision.

ATR 6777 – Special Topics

Focuses on emerging concepts in athletic training.

Career Outlook

What’s next?

The short answer — a career. Whether it’s in hospitals, clinics, high schools, colleges or with professional sports teams, 100% of our graduates find jobs once they graduate. And since the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 16% job growth for athletic trainers between now and 2028, it’s only going to get better.

Accreditation

AATE Accredited Program logoThe Entry-level Master’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

AATE founding member

AATE logoProud to be a founding member of the Association for Athletic Training Education (AATE). The AATE serves as a collective voice for matters pertaining to athletic training education.

Burns Wellness Center

Athletic Training Lab

Highlights include:

  • Mobile splinting station
  • Continuous Passive Motion
  • Chattanooga DTS Traction System 8250K
  • Biodex Gait Trainer 2 treadmill
  • Biodex Offset Unweighing System
  • Dartfish video analysis software
  • Cadaver Anatomy Laboratory

Athletic Training Facility

A state-of-the-art athletic training facility for its student-athletes and athletic training students. The facility is 2,100 square feet and consists of functional areas devoted to staff offices, taping, rehabilitation, evaluation and treatment, and hydrotherapy.

Facilities include:

  • 4 taping tables
  • 5 treatment tables
  • a variety of rehabilitation apparatus including a Biodex UBE
  • 2 whirlpools

Additional modalities include Vectra Genysis muscle stimulation, ultrasound, emg/biofeedback, laser/light therapy, Biodex Balance System SD, PowerPlate Airdaptive S, and iontophoresis. Computer applications include Point and Click Electronic Health Records

Complementary Facilities

  • Strength and conditioning facility
  • Exercise physiology laboratory
  • Nursing labs

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the MS in 5 option is Nov. 15. The application deadline for priority consideration for the post-baccalaureate option is Jan. 15. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

Eligibility

New Students

MS Athletic Training

  • BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8*
MS in 5 (3+2)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
*Contact us to discuss GPA concerns, if applicable.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Prerequisites

Policy regarding Pass/No Pass (P/F, C/NC, S/U) due to COVID-19 impact

Any prerequisite course taken for credit (pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, etc.) between spring 2020 — spring 2021 will be accepted; however, it will not count toward the prerequisite GPA. We strongly encourage grades if there is an option between grades and pass/fail.

Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following CSS courses (or equivalencies as subject to consideration by the CSS Athletic Training Admissions Committee). Grades of C (C-/CD not acceptable) or higher is required in all individual prerequisite courses. These courses must be completed before matriculation.Required:

  • Introductory or General Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (or separate human anatomy and human physiology courses)
  • Introductory or General Chemistry I
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physics or Biomechanics or Kinesiology
  • General Psychology or Developmental Psychology or Abnormal Psychology

Recommended:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Physics II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics

Due to the variation in course titles and content, please contact us with questions about prerequisite equivalencies.

Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. The department chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies without full Admission Committee involvement. Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will be considered in light of extenuating circumstances. The department chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions counselor of waiver decisions in writing.

Articulation Agreements

Under the terms of these agreements, slots each are reserved for students that meet all the admissions criteria. Interested students should contact the Chair of Athletic Training at St. Scholastica or the chairperson of the respective department at the listed institution.  The institutions with articulation agreements include:

  • Concordia University St. Paul (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (Human Biology)
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside (Allied Health Science/Fitness Mgmt. & Sport Mgmt.)
  • University of Wisconsin – Superior (Health and Human Performance)
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Exercise Science)
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls (Exercise and Sports Science)
  • Plattsburgh State University of New York (Fitness and Wellness Leadership)

Online Application

The School of Health Sciences — Department of Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program may apply online using the ATCAS application OR the St. Scholastica application.

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload a Master’s of Athletic Training Essay (word or pdf).

    As part of the online application, prepare an essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, addressing the following points. This should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program. Please formulate your thoughts in an essay format, integrating your responses in a cohesive manner, not short answer.

    1. What personal characteristics, skills, and experiences make you well suited for professional practice as an athletic trainer and what are your career goals?

      If you have encountered challenges while attending school (financial/medical/personal/social), working, or supporting a family and would like to explain irregularities in your application or performance, please also address this in your application essay.

  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references (no family members). These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include “First Name” “Last Name” has requested a recommendation from you.
  4. Upload a current resume.
  5. An interview with member(s) of the admissions committee may be requested.
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.

M.S. in 5 (3+2) applicants

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload a Master’s of Athletic Training Essay (word or pdf).
    As part of the online application, prepare an essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, addressing the following points. This should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program. Please formulate your thoughts in an essay format, integrating your responses in a cohesive manner, not short answer.

    1. What personal characteristics, skills, and experiences make you well suited for professional practice as an athletic trainer and what are your career goals?
    2. If you have encountered challenges while attending school (financial/medical/personal/social), working, or supporting a family and would like to explain irregularities in your application or performance, please also address this in your application essay.
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include “First Name” “Last Name” has requested a recommendation from you
  4. Upload a current resume.
  5. An interview with member(s) of the admissions committee may be requested.
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.

Accepted Students

  • After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal, view your decision letter and click “Reply to Offer”.
  • Submit $250 non-refundable deposit.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the COR student portal/My Health/Forms.
  • Review the Entry Level MS in Athletic Training Technical Standards.
  • You will receive a letter from the department concerning a Criminal Background Check and completion of the Technical Standards form. Please respond to these requests accordingly.You will then receive 1-2 additional letters from the department with additional information you will need for starting the program.

    NOTE: These letters will come to the email you provided and include attachments so please make sure your account is configured accordingly.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.