From pre-game taping to practice and game medical coverage to injury assessment and rehabilitation, Plymouth State University’s Master of Science (MS) degree programs in athletic training will prepare you for success on and off the field.
Working closely with faculty members who are experienced and respected professionals in athletic training, students like you will have opportunities to excel. If your goal is to become a BOC certified athletic trainer or expand your education as a certified athletic trainer, Plymouth State’s Professional or Post-professional programs in athletic training will help you get there. Choose from one of two athletic training programs.
The MS in Athletic Training program offers two concentration areas:
- Professional Program - for those seeking a CAATE-accredited program in preparation for taking the Board of Certification examination in athletic training
- Post-Professional Program - for those Certified Athletic Trainers seeking combined clinical and teaching roles in Athletic Training higher education.
Athletic Training, Professional
The CAATE-accredited Professional concentration is designed to provide students interested in the field of athletic training the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge through classroom experiences and clinical rotations to meet the competencies required of CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) programs. During each semester, for four semesters, students will complete clinical rotations in an athletic training setting. During the clinical rotation, students will be placed under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Students must earn a minimum grade of B in the following core courses:
- Lower Extremity Assessment,
- Upper Extremity Assessment,
- Spine, Posture, and Function,
- Therapeutic Interventions I and II.
The Professional concentration is a two-year program that begins each fall. PSU also offers a 3+2 option for Undergraduate students to complete a bachelor’s and masters in Athletic Training in 5 years. Students interested in the 3+2 option should apply for the BS in Allied Health Sciences with an option in 3+2 Athletic Training.
Athletic Training, Post-Professional in Higher Education
The MS in Athletic Training Post-Professional master’s program provides students the opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge through research and advanced courses in athletic training and education. The Post-Professional program is designed to prepare certified athletic trainers for a variety of teaching and leadership roles in higher education.