Professional Program in Athletic Training

The Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training, Professional Program provides students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Council. This two-year program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) which ensures that the professional competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. (NATA) are met to sufficiently prepare you for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Ten years of continuing accreditation was granted in January 2017. The program will apply for continuing accreditation in 2026-27.

Applying to Plymouth State:

All applications for the Professional Program in Athletic Training must be submitted through the Athletic Training Common Application System (ATCAS).  Do not apply through the standard PSU application process.

Applications accepted through January 31st for priority consideration, and on a rolling basis after this date.

Application process and requirements:

Through your application process in ATCAS, you will need to provide the following:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a faculty member; one from your NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer supervisor with whom you completed a minimum of 50 hours observation.
  • A resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Provide a copy of current First Aid and CPR/AED certification. CPR certification must be completed through one of the BOC approved providers.
  • Review and verify that the program’s Technical Standards can be met
  • International Students – please review additional admission requirements

Prerequisite Admission Requirements

Prospective students interested in pursuing the MS in Athletic Training Professional Program degree must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Have an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum grade of B in the following college or university courses (must be taken within the past seven years):
    • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab): 4 credits
    • Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab): 4 credits
    • Kinesiology: 3 credits
    • Exercise Physiology: 3 credit
  • Additional prerequisites in:
    • Chemistry: 3 credits
    • Biology: 3 credits
    • Physics: 3 credits
    • Nutrition: 3 credits
    • Psychology: 3 credits
    • Statistics: 3 credits
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 hours observation under direct supervision of a NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (Supervisor must confirm by serving as one of the required references in the reference section of your application)
  • Must provide complete Health Screening including proof of immunizations.

Practicum courses provide hands-on athletic training experience at one of our clinical education sites, currently: Plymouth State University athletics, Holderness SchoolNew Hampton School, and Tilton School, Plymouth Regional High School. All Plymouth State University students in the MS in Athletic Training, Professional Program are required to complete a minimum of 800 and a maximum of 2000 supervised and approved clinical hours over the two year period. Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is required while enrolled in clinical courses. Students are responsible for the purchase of appropriate athletic training clinic attire (practice/game shirts, khaki pants/shorts, closed-toe shoes), Clinical Proficiency Documentation Journals, and all required immunizations necessary to complete clinical assignments. Travel to off-campus clinical sites may be required. Students are responsible for all associated travel costs. Please take a moment to review our Communicable Disease Policy.

For information specific to this program, contact:

Additional expenses:

Students in the Athletic Training program will incur additional expenses related to the program such as books, supplies, athletic training uniform, cost of criminal background check for school placements and travel to off campus clinical placements.

Student Outcomes Assessment:

The program outcomes/goals are available here