M.S. in Athletic Training

Become an athletic trainer and work with a physically active population across a spectrum of settings, ages and activities. This program gives healthcare professionals the ability to build close working relationships with patients, and ultimately improve their health-related quality of life. If you're looking to join a dynamic profession where workdays are seldom the same, apply today.

The UVA master's program in Athletic Training goes beyond athletics, it's part of the broader healthcare profession. As such, this degree prepares student to work as an athletic trainer and provide a continuum of care along the 5 domains of athletic training practice:

  • Injury/Illness Prevention & Wellness Protection
  • Examination, Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Immediate & Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility

The MSAT is an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Please refer to https://caate.net.   This  24-month, year-round program is designed to exceed the CAATE standards.  It provides instruction, clinical, and research experiences to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. Emphasis is placed on didactic coursework, mentored clinical experience, with opportunities for students to pursue scholarly achievements. Students who successfully complete a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination (www.bocatc.org). BOC certification (ATC) establishes the entry-level credential to work as an athletic trainer.

This is an intensive, practical based program with classes 2 days per week and clinical site work 3 days per week and on weekends as applicable (e.g. sporting events). The second summer includes  an immersive clinical education experience and students may choose their preferred type of clinical site anywhere in the U.S. This focus on clinical work prepares our students to be effective in their jobs right away. And positions are plentiful as the athletic training field is expected to grow 21% by 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Curry Difference:

  • Faculty are leaders in their field who consistently produce cutting-edge contributions that continue to evolve the professions. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to produce a scholarly product.
  • Curriculum is evidence-based and clinical techniques are based on scientific research conducted by Curry faculty and are field-tested. Faculty have authored textbooks and research articles, earned grants and conducted research in the areas of therapeutic modalities; lower extremity and spine injury identification, prevention and treatment; concussion identification and management; and clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes assessment.
  • Clinical placements occur throughout the entire two-year program in a variety of settings
  • UVA has several top-tier athletic programs for clinical placements including with the University of Virginia Sports Medicine team, which uses an integrated approach to athlete care including daily access to sports medicine physicians in on-grounds clinics, performance enhancement with strength and conditioning specialist, mental health services and sports nutrition counseling.
  • Access to the University Virginia School of Medicine and UVA Health System allows for interprofessional collaboration that enhances patient care opportunities.

Didactic Coursework

Curriculum is evidence-based, and clinical techniques are based on scientific research conducted by Curry faculty and are field-tested.

Mentored Clinical Experience

Clinical placements occur throughout the entire 24-month program in a variety of settings, including the University of Virginia's Sports Medicine team, School of Medicine and Health System.

Scholarly Achievement

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, who consistently produce cutting-edge contributions that continue to evolve the athletic training profession. Faculty have authored textbooks and research articles, earned grants and conducted research in the areas of therapeutic modalities; lower extremity and spine injury identification, prevention and treatment; concussion identification and management; and clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes assessment.

Athletic Training Accredidation SealThe MSAT is an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).






  • Legacy of Leadership

    As UVA's Athletic Training program enters a new era, its leaders are determined to maintain a longstanding reputation of leadership and excellence.

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  • Kinesiology Assistant Professor Jake Resch is conducting innovative research on sport concussions.

  • Athletic Training Ties Run Deep

    Every program director since the program first began in 1975 returned to Grounds to celebrate the beginning of a new era for athletic training at UVA.

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  • UVA graduate student assessing balance prior to and following sport concussion on state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Real-time data export during strength testing using a Biodex multi-mode dynamometer.

  • Athletic trainers use diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound (shown here) to evaluate injuries and to view the musculoskeletal and internal systems in real time.

  • Athletic training faculty member Jay Hertel’s research focuses on the relationships between lower extremity injuries and biomechanical measures during walking and running

Program Details

  • Degree Description

    Students complete 67 hours of coursework during the 24-month, intensive program. All courses provide instruction related to Athletic Training and related health care professions. Courses are designed to meet the CAATE standards and competencies in each content area of 1) Evidence-Based Practice, 2) Prevention and Health Promotion, 3) Clinical Examination and Diagnosis 4) Acute Care of Injury and Illness, 5) Therapeutic Interventions, 6) Psychosocial Strategies and Referral 7) Healthcare Administration, and 8) Professional Development and Responsibility.


    Students take 47 credits of didactic courses, 17 clinical practicum and 3 thesis or independent research credits. All students will complete a scholarly project as part of their graduate experience. All courses provide instruction related to Athletic Training and are taught by athletic training faculty for professional athletic training students.

    Course Sequence:

    Summer I (8 credits) -
    KINE 5700      Foundational Athletic Training Skills and Emergency Care (4)
    KINE 5710      Anatomy & Functional Kinesiology or (3) 
    KINE 5715      Clinical Practicum I (1)

    Fall I (15 credits)
    KINE 5720       Assessment and Intervention of Injury I (3)
    KINE 5725      Principles of Rehabilitation (3)
    KINE 5730      Medical Aspects of Athletic Training (3)
    KINE 7620      Evidence Based Sports Medicine (3)
    KINE 5735      Clinical Practicum II (3)

    Spring I (14 credits)
    KINE 5740      Assessment and Intervention of Injury II (4)
    KINE 5750      Assessment and Intervention of Sport-Related Concussion, Head, and Cervical Spine (4)
    KINE 5760      Principles of Strength & Conditioning (3)
    KINE 5765      Clinical Practicum III (3)

    Summer II (6 credits)
    KINE 5775      Clinical Immersive 1 (6 weeks)
    KINE 6700      Pharmacology/ Radiology (2) (7 weeks)

    Fall II (12 credits)
    KINE 6710      Administration Strategies in Athletic Training (3)
    KINE 6720      Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Injuries (3) (7weeks)
    KINE 6725      Clinical Immersive II (3) (first 7 weeks immersive)
    KINE 7600      Translational Research (3) (7 weeks)

    Spring II (12 credits)
    KINE 6730      Human Performance in Sports Medicine (3)
    KINE 6740      Athletic Training Seminar (3)
    KINE 8999      Thesis credit (3)


    KINE 5993      Independent study (3)
    KINE 6755      Clinical Practicum IV (3)

    Total Credits = 67

    Please download the MSAT student manual containing program mission, goals, assessments, outcomes and technical standards.

  • Scholarly Project and Program Faculty

    All students are required to complete a substantial scholarly project.  This can consist of an original research thesis or alternatively, a non-thesis scholarly project. The expectation is that these will be of such quality that it will be presented at a national professional meeting (NATA, ACSM or another related association or organization related to sports medicine) and acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Thesis topics must be performed in the area of expertise of one of the core athletic training faculty members. Core athletic training faculty include:


    Dr. Joe Hart
    Dr. Jay Hertel
    Dr. Michael Higgins
    Dr. Jacob Resch
    Dr. Susan Saliba
    Dr. Luzita Vela

  • Clinical Education

    The purpose of clinical education is to provide opportunities for students to have clinical experiences providing patient care to real patients with a variety of condition in different clinical settings. The goal is to prepare students to be able to make timely clinical decisions to improve clinical outcomes and to maximize patient health-related quality of life.

    During each semester (including summers) every student will have a clinical education experience at one of our approved affiliated sites. Experienced clinical preceptors at each site provide clinical and professional mentorship. Clinical sites are available in the following settings: college/university (public and private), secondary school (public and private), physician clinic, therapy clinic, and non-traditional sporting/activity settings.

    In addition, the program includes opportunities to complete immersive experiences providing full-time patient care at 3-distinct time points in the program: 1.) a 3-week immersive in pre-season, 2.) a 6-week summer immersive in the summer between the first and second year and 3.) a 7-week immersive during the fall of the second year. A student may choose to combine the 6-week and 7-week immersive to complete a 13-week immersive in any location in the US. During these immersive experiences, students will have no requirements to meet in face-to-face classes.

    University of Virginia MSAT Clinical Education Sites & Learning Opportunities
    University of Virginia Sports Medicine (17 preceptors with Division I Sports)
    University of Virginia Sports Medicine Physician Clinic
    University of Virginia Surgical Center
    UVA HealthSouth Sports Medicine and Hand Clinic
    University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Dance Medicine)
    Virginia Military Institute Sports Medicine
    ACAC Physical Therapy (Downtown and Pantops locations)
    The Performance Place Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
    Albemarle Orthopaedics, PLC
    St. Anne’s Belfield High School
    Monticello High School
    Albemarle High School
    Western Albemarle High School
    William Monroe High School
    Fork Union Military Academy

    More Sites Coming Soon!

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    This major is a full-time cohort based major.  Admission into the program is highly competitive and is based on the criteria stated below. 

    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
      • Students may apply to the program in their last year of undergraduate work, but must have completed their degree prior to starting in June of matriculating year.
    • Completion of a minimum of 50 clinical hours (75 or more preferred) under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer. Applicants will provide proof of hours through a signed supervisor letter that indicates the number of hours completed under their supervision.
    • Completion of and preferred  3.0 GPA in the following courses. Please contact the Program Director if you have questions about whether a course meets the requirements listed below.
        • Psychology
        • Biology with Lab
        • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (two courses)
        • Physics or Human Movement Science (e.g. Biomechanics, Motor Control)
        • Chemistry 
        • Statistics/Biostatistics
        • Exercise Physiology 
        • Nutrition 
    • Students are also required to submit one of the following:
      • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old with target Scores for GRE 151 Verbal, 151 Quantitative, and 4.0 analytical writing.
      • For applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission: SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the GRE score. Applicants who had SAT or ACT scores sent to the university previously do not need to have them re-sent.

    As part of the application process, students are required to also submit the following documents that will be used in assessing the applicant.

    • A resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A one-two page goal statement indicating why you are seeking a degree in athletic training

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application system.


  • Application Process

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications via ATCAS as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until we have filled our class for the upcoming year. It is strongly encouraged to apply by February 1st. Applications will be accepted until May 15th on a space-available basis.

    For more information about how to use ATCAS, please visit the ATCAS Help Center.


  • Funding Opportunities & Program Costs

    Funding Opportunities

    Please note that there is no tuition waiver associated with the clinical placement - students are responsible for either in-state or out-of-state tuition depending on their Virginia residency status. Students are also responsible for their own health insurance costs. The Curry School offers scholarships on an annual basis and information regarding these scholarships can be found here

    Students are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid web page.

    Program Costs

    Information regarding program specific tuition and fees.

    Program specific costs for students who are accepted into the program include:

    Student Fees (paid by student)




    Clinical software


    NATA Membership


    Criminal Background Check


  • Program Outcomes

    Outcomes related to the MSAT program are available here

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Focus on clinical work prepares students to be effective in their jobs right away, and positions are plentiful as the athletic training field is expected to grow 21 percent by 2024. Clinical athletic training positions in a variety of health care settings including but not limited to colleges, high schools, professional sports, sports medicine centers, military, physician offices and clinical settings.

    Program outcomes related to BOC examination pass rates in addition to employment/placement, retention and graduation rates will be posted once the first cohort graduates in Spring 2019. 

MSAT Fall Open House

Join UVA Kinesiology's Master of Science in Athletic Training for an OPEN HOUSE

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Friday, October 18th, 2019

  • Meet the faculty!
  • Tour the classrooms and research labs!
  • Tour the athletic training rooms!
  • Attend information sessions specific to MSAT!
  • Speak with current students!
  • And tour UVA!

Please register to attend!

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.