School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi

What is Athletic Training? 

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students seeking to become an athletic trainer, must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC)  exam.  To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state.  Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination. 

Why UM Athletic Training? 

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The newest program in Mississippi and the Southeastern Conference includes a multitude of experiences that will create a well-rounded athletic training professional.  This program includes academic and clinical experiences that provide students the opportunity to range from Ole Miss Athletics, area high schools, professional sports teams, hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and more. 

The MSAT program will begin in the Second Summer Session, and is a designed to be a two-year, 54 credit hour, lockstep cohort program.  Each student will be required to complete intensive coursework, 5 semesters of clinical rotations (including a fully immersive field experience), and an evidence-based capstone experience in which the student will have the option of a research thesis or a field service project.  All capstones must be evidence-based and should result in a product worth of dissemination.  

The University of Mississippi is currently seeking accreditation for our new Master of Science in Athletic Training program (beginning Summer of 2021) and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).   The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022 in conjunction the inaugural graduating class of 2023. 

Program Overview

The MSAT is a 2-year intensive cohort program. Refer to our MSAT Curriculum Link for course work and course rotations. Program completion will occur in May of the second year in order to afford students the best opportunity to complete the BOC (Board of Certification) exam in time for successful job placement.  A holistic approach will be utilized in the evaluation of applications. Visit the application information page for prerequisite courses and admission information.