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.
- Check out our Exercise and Sport Injury Lab.
- 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.
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.
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.
The 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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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.
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.
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:
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!
This major is a full-time cohort based major. Admission into the program is highly competitive and is based on the targeted criteria stated below.
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completion of a minimum of 100 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer.
- Target Scores for GRE 151 Verbal, 151 Quantitative, and 4.0 analytical writing
- Current CPR/AED certification (examples of appropriate CPR/ AED certification include the American Heart Association ACLS, BLS Healthcare Provider, BLS Provider; American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers).
- Completion of and minimum 3.0 GPA in the following preferred courses:
- Biology with Lab
- Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Two courses)
- Exercise Physiology (preferred)
- Human Movement Science i.e. (Biomechanics, Motor Control)
- Physics (preferred)
- Nutrition (preferred)
Students also must meet the admission standards outlined in the Curry School's Admission Policies, which include a high standard of achievement during their undergraduate work (minimum of 3.0 GPA) and 2 outstanding letters of recommendation. Note that letters of recommendation should be solicited through the online application. Students are also required to submit one of the following:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. GRE scores for students admitted for the 2016-17 academic year were at or above the 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.
Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts showing degree conferral and official test scores are required prior to matriculation.
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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications 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.
Please read the full instructions on applying on the Curry Master's & Ed Specialists Degrees page under "Master of Science in Athletic Training". Your application process will be managed through our online system.
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 specific costs for students who are accepted into the program include:
Student Fees (paid by student)
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Outcomes related to the MSAT program are available here.
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.
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.