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FAST FACTS: M.S. Athletic Training

  • 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

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. 

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'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.

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.
  • "M.S. 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.

AATE founding member

Association for Athletic Training Education Founding Member 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.

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.

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  • Portrait of Brittany Ludwig

    "The Athletic Training program at CSS is phenomenal. As a student, I had the opportunity to be placed in many different athletic training settings, which helped me decide which was the best fit for me. Each instructor has a unique passion for the profession and it shows in their teaching."

    – Brittany Ludwig, MSAT, ATC, LAT ‘19

  • 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

  • Portrait of Kirsten Eaton

    "St. Scholastica’s Athletic Training program was the perfect choice because it offers the most advanced curriculum with professors who are committed to preparing students to be the best in the field. After graduation, I jumped right into practice with confidence in my abilities thanks to CSS!"

    – Kirsten Eaton, MS, LAT, ATC ‘19