Skip to content
The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica has an innovative “M.S. in 5” program that will help you earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree within just five years. You’ll work closely with your pre-athletic training advisor to make sure you take all of the courses needed for AT graduate school. Then, after your junior year, you’ll be placed on a fast track to starting your graduate degree.

Like all of our St. Scholastica health science programs, our athletic training courses are infused with our Catholic Benedictine values. Program graduates learn the importance of treating every client with dignity and respect.

The job outlook is bright for athletic trainers. Our program graduates have secured positions in health care facilities, university settings, and fitness and rehabilitation centers.

Receive Program Info and Financial Aid Options

  • Detailed program overview
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Individual admissions support

By requesting information, I authorize The College of St. Scholastica to contact me by email, phone or text message.

Privacy Policy

Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details

Tuition

Are You Looking for a Face-to-Face (on-campus) Experience?

St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.

Program Overview

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. Our MS 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.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Students may choose from two admission options:

  • During the junior year, undergraduates can apply for the “MS 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.

Here are some classes you may potentially take in preparation for graduate school. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Coursework

ATR 3000 – Introduction to Athletic Training

Introduces 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.

BIO 1036 – Biology of the Cell

Introduces cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences. 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.

CHM 1040 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Health Sciences

Introduces concepts of general, organic, and biochemistry in an integrated rather than a sequential order. Topics include the structure and function of atoms, ions and compounds, the periodic table, organic functional groups, biological macromolecules, and an introduction to metabolism. This course is required for Nursing majors and can be applied to the Exercise Physiology major.

EXP 3321 – Kinesiology

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.”

EXP 3322 – Biomechanics

Explores 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.

EXP 3323 – Sports Nutrition

Studies 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.

EXP 3331 – Exercise Physiology

Studies 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.

EXP 3332 – Physiological Assessment

Explores basic to advanced instrumentation used to evaluate aerobic capacity, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength and endurance. Pre-exercise screening, safety and legal ramifications of exercise as a therapeutic intervention. Physiological adaptation in response to acute and chronic exercise and its application to exercise prescription and training for athletic performance. Administration and application of various stress test protocols and exercise programs in developing individualized exercise prescriptions for healthy and diseased individuals. Effect of exercise on the treatment and progression of common lifestyle diseases. Prerequisite: BIO 2120.

EXP 3334 – Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Studies multi-disciplinary risk factors considered responsible for heart and vascular disease along with commonly associated diseases (obesity, diabetes) and behaviors (smoking, physical inactivity). Changes in cardiac structure, function and coronary circulation that occur in heart and vascular disease. Behavioral, surgical and pharmacological treatments used in primary and secondary prevention of heart disease. Use of diagnostic techniques to determine safe and effective exercise prescription for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Recognition of, and response to, common psychosocial issues as they relate to the post-myocardial infarction and pulmonary patients.

EXP 3342 – Strength Training & Conditioni

Scientific theory and practical application of strength training and aerobic exercise to enhance the function and capacity of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.

PSC 1501 – Short Course in Physics

Selected topics from introductory physics for students who wish or need an understanding of physical concepts for their professional or personal enrichment. Some hands-on activities. Topics include force and motion, energy, waves, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Problem solving at the level of elementary algebra.

Internships

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.

Career Outlook

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 Stender School of Business and Technology can help prepare students aspiring to open their own practice.

Graduates of our Athletic Training MS in 5 Program have 100% job placement.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower 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.

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.