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.

We are still accepting applications.

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
  • Have earned a minimum grade of B in the following college or university courses (must have been taken within the past seven years):
    • Anatomy and Physiology I  (4 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology II  (4 credits)
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits).  If you did not enroll specifically in a Nutrition course, then please complete this competency worksheet.
    • Exercise Prescription (3 credits).  If you did not enroll specifically in an Exercise Prescription course, then please complete this competency worksheet.
  • Beginning Fall 2020: Complete a minimum of 3 credits in each of the following:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics
  • 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.

Program of Study (beginning Fall 2018)

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Master of Science ~Professional Program in Athletic Training 

AT 5400 Preventative Theories and Psychomotor Skills 4
AT 5410 Lower Extremity Assessment 4
AT 5420 Upper Extremity Assessment 4
AT 5430 Spine, Posture and Function 4
AT 5440 Athletic Training Administration 4
AT 5450 Pathology and Pharmacology in Sports Medicine 4
AT 5460 Evidence Based Research in A.T. 4
AT 5470 Therapeutic Intervention I 4
AT 5480 Therapeutic Intervention II 4
AT 5490 Capstone (new course) 4
AT 5810 Clinical Athletic Training I 4
AT 5820 Clinical Athletic Training II 4
AT 5830 Clinical Athletic Training III 4
AT 5840 Clinical Athletic Training IV 8

Total for MS in Athletic Training, Professional Program –60 credits minimum

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 1200 supervised and approved clinical hours. 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.

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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