Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is an entry-level professional degree program for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, typically in a related field.

The MSAT degree program allows students to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for the physically active and serve as healthcare leaders in their communities. The program includes a combination of coursework and clinical experiences to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

The MSAT is a two-year program, beginning in the summer semester, that prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer. Students will commence clinical experiences in the fall of their admission year. Students will gain approximately 300 clinical experiential hours per semester in clinical sites located throughout San Antonio and the surrounding area. Along with traditional athletic training clinical opportunities, this program offers unique opportunities in the military setting, with up to 75 percent of clinical experiences conducted with the armed forces. The last semester in the program, students will have the unique opportunity to engage in an immersive clinical experience of the student’s intended practice setting, which may lead to settings located across the United States or internationally.

In cooperation with physicians and other healthcare professionals, the athletic trainer functions as a member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges, and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic healthcare settings.

The MSAT program launched in Summer 2020. The original undergraduate program was established in 2001 to meet the guidelines and standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the National Athletic Trainers Association Education Council, and the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Training.

"I found a family within the UIW Athletic Training program. The faculty pushed me to be the best version of myself personally and the best Athletic Trainer I could be. They were by my side every step of the way from the moment I joined the program and are still supportive of me in the professional world. I wouldn’t trade my education here with any other. I am proud to be a graduate of the UIW Athletic Training program, and I am proud to be a Cardinal!"

-Rae Martin MSE, LAT, ATC

  1. Program Application (submitted through the Athletic Training Common Application System)
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters or recommendation
  5. Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.75 GPA
  6. All college transcripts with minimum cumulative GPA 2.75
  7. Completion of at least 50 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer.
  8. Application Due Date:
    Early Application Due Date February 1
    Rolling admissions through June 1

The following coursework should be completed, or in progress, prior to applying to the program:

Required Prerequisite Coursework

  • Biology (3 hours)
  • Chemistry (3 hours)
  • Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • Human Anatomy (3 hours)
  • Human Physiology (3 hours)
  • Physics (3 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Biomechanics (3 hours)

Preferred Coursework

  • Nutrition (6 hours) Introductory and Sports Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Public or Community Health
  • Research Methods
  • Medical Terminology (3 hours)

Apply to the University and the MSAT using ATCAS

Early Application Due Date February 1

Rolling admissions through June 1

Step 1: Admissions ( ATCAS)

  • Acknowledgment of Program Technical Standards
  • Satisfactory results of a criminal background screening
  • Completion of Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) Health and immunization packet (pdf)
  • Professional resume outlining any previous experiences with athletic training or other healthcare fields (e.g. professional organizations, clinical/internship experiences, work-study, employment). *Note: Applicants that hold an athletic training license in the state of Texas will not be allowed to count practice hours toward clinical expectations and will be held to the same practice standards as all other entry-level students.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from an athletic trainer, one from a faculty member). During 2020-21 pandemic they can be written by a faculty member or employer.

Step 2: Interview with Professional Practice Committee Upon Invitation.

Step 3: $250 seat deposit, paid to the business office at UIW upon acceptance to the program.

Pay Your Seat Deposit

In May 2005, the Athletic Training Education Program was granted initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). CAAHEP is the largest external programmatic accreditors for the health sciences fields.

In July 2006, the JRC-AT broke away from CAAHEP to form the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This is an independent accreditation agency dedicated toward the advancement of the education of athletic trainers.

The program is re-accredited from CAATE until the 2029-2030 academic year.

CAATE Accreditation Seal

To attain more information on accreditation or find a listing of accredited programs, go the following link:

Board of Certification Pass Rate

Board of Certification Pass Rate
  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 yr aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 7 7 16 11 6 33
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 7 15 11 5 31
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 7 6 13 7 5 25
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 100% 86% 87% 64% 100% 81%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 6 14 9 5 28
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100% 86% 93% 82% 100% 90%

Student Retention Rate

Student Retention Rate
Incoming Cohort 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 3 yr. aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 16 9 12 37
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 11 8 10 29
Program retention rate (%) 68.75% 88.89% 83.33% 78.38%

Student Graduation Rate

Student Graduation Rate:
  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 yr aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 7 7 16 11 6 33
Student Graduation Rate (%). 78% 88% 89% 69% 67% 77%

Student Employment/Placement Rate

Student Employment/Placement Rate
  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 yr aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT. 7 5 13 7 5 26
Student Employment/ Placement Rate as AT (%). 100% 71% 87% 70% 83% 84%
Number of students employed as other. 0 1 1 2 1 4
Student Employment/ Placement Rate as other (%). 0% 14% 7% 20% 17% 13%
Number of students not employed. 0 1 0 0 0 0
Student Not Employed Rate (%). 0% 14% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Projected costs for 2020-2021:

  • Clinical course fee: $150
    • Fee covers clinical coordinator’s travel, student’s uniform and clinical materials, NATA membership, Typhon Group, and liability insurance and is per clinical course/semester.
  • MSAT course fees (vary by course)
  • Annual CPR recertification: $30
  • Annual immunization cost: Varies per insurance coverage, but estimated costs are:
    • Flu shot $35
    • COVID (if available) $35
  • Travel costs associated with clinical travel (to and from clinical site, i.e., gas)

Estimated Total Annual Fees: $250 + MSAT course fees

Additional costs in semester before or of graduation

  • NATA Board Examination: $365
  • Texas Licensure Juris Prudence Exam: (semester before or of graduation) $35
  • Immersive Clinical (travel/living expenses), depending on location

Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree programs are also common, and may be preferred by some employers.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Military Committed to Hiring Athletic Trainers

The U.S. Military has a growing need to hire athletic trainers to boost readiness of servicemembers in our growing armed forces. Most branches of the Department of Defense have hired athletic trainers to provide interprofessional services in performance optimization, injury prevention, and accelerated return to duty. The outcomes demonstrated in these collaborative patient care teams have led to hundreds of new positions nationwide. UIW is as at the forefront of demonstrating professional impact and preparing students to excel in unique situations.