School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi

Prospective Students 

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. 

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Why UM Athletic Training? 

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. 

Admissions

The MSAT is a two-year intensive lockstep cohort program that follows a specific course sequence.  Students must be enrolled full time. Student will be admitted on a rolling basis until the cohort is complete.  Students admitted into the program will begin studies during the full summer session, which typically starts the last week of May or first week of June.  A holistic approach will be utilized in the evaluation of applications to the MSAT program.  Applications will be weighted with some requirements being weighted more than others.

Typical Student Profile for Admissions

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, completed or near completion from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning (transcripts required).
  • Prerequisite coursework completed or near completion (required; see below).
  • A cumulative grade-point average (last 60 hours) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is suggested. 
  • Completed application to Athletic Training Centralized Application System ATCAS (required; see below)
  • Completed application to the UM Graduate School (required; see below)

International Students:

Additional required documentation for applicants whose native language is not English will be based on university standards. Please refer to the Office of International Programs for a more detailed explanation of those standards.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must complete at least one course in each of the following.  Courses will be evaluated based on the MSAT Prerequisite Policy (see below).  All required prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the MSAT program. 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Human Anatomy (lecture & lab)
  • Human Physiology (lecture & lab)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Kinesiology OR Biomechanics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nutrition

Prerequisite Policy

Upon application to the MSAT program, the Program Director and/or MSAT admissions committee review the applicant’s prerequisite coursework to ensure that course titles fulfill the stated requirements.  If questions about the content of the course meeting the requirement arise, the applicant may be asked to supply the course description and/or syllabus from the course in question.  Once the course description and/or syllabus is reviewed, the Program Director and/or MSAT admissions committee will determine if the course content satisfies the required prerequisite in order to ensure the applicant will be successful in the program’s curricular plan. 

The program ensures that all student complete prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation into the professional program by reviewing transcripts from undergraduate courses.  If a student applies and is accepted to the professional program but has not completed all prerequisites, then his or her account has a hold placed upon it until final transcripts are received and reviewed.  This hold prohibits students from enrolling into professional program courses.