MS in Athletic Training

This entry-level professional program prepares students to become athletic trainers. This program features a blend of classroom and clinical learning as students acquire an evidence-based approach to the prevention, diagnosis, immediate management, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and general health conditions in patients/clients who have an active lifestyle. This curriculum is designed for full-time study; part-time enrollment is not an option.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates will be able to:

  • Practice independently as athletic trainers.
  • Incorporate ethical, moral, and legal behavior into the practice of athletic training
  • Use patient/client values and circumstances, research findings, outcomes, and clinical expertise to guide clinical decision-making.
  • Recognize the role of the athletic trainer as a healthcare provider within the larger context of a changing healthcare system.

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Applicants must gather and submit all required materials to the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). For all admission details, please see our website.

Application

  • GRE scores (Boston University ATCAS code 1767)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or academic advisor)
  • TOEFL scores (international students whose native language is not English or who have not completed a baccalaureate degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English)
  • Transcript verification of completion of a baccalaureate degree (required by start of program)
  • Transcript verification of completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy (3–4 cr; one course with lab. When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements.)
    • Human Physiology (3–4 cr; one course with lab. When anatomy and physiology are taken as a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements.)
    • Chemistry (3–4 cr; one course with lab)
    • Physics (3–4 cr; one course with lab required; recommended: two-semester sequence with lab.) The physics requirement can also be fulfilled with these two Boston University courses: CAS PY 104 Physics for Health Sciences and HP 565 Biomechanics from Boston University (8 cr).
    • Biology (3–4 cr; one course with lab)
    • Statistics (3–4 cr; must include descriptive statistics, correlation, introduction to inferential statistics.)
    • Exercise Physiology (3–4 cr)
    • Psychology (3–4 cr) 

Prerequisite Courses

You may have prerequisite courses still in progress by the application deadline, but all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program. Questions regarding whether a course fulfills one of the above requirements should be directed to the Senior Program Coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; or by email to at@bu.edu. Please include a course description with your inquiry. Additional information, such as a course syllabus, may be requested.

Degree Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 68 credits in the classes designated below to fulfill degree requirements. All requirements must be completed within two years of initial acceptance. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation, and all classes must be completed with a grade of C or better. For further details, please see the MSAT Policy & Procedure Manual on our website.

Curriculum*

Year 1—Summer

  • SAR HS 581 Gross Human Anatomy (4 cr) (summer session 1)
  • SAR AT 520 Functional Anatomy (4 cr) (summer session 2)
  • SAR AT 510 Examination & Treatment I (4 cr) (summer session 2)

Year 1—Fall

  • SAR AT 572 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • SAR AT 511 Examination & Treatment II (6 cr)
  • SAR HP 531 Clinical Medicine I (4 cr)
  • SAR AT 525 Connecting Policy to Practice (3 cr)
  • SAR AT 597 Clinical Experience I (2 cr)

Year 1—Spring

  • SAR AT 512 Examination & Treatment III (6 cr)
  • SAR HP 532 Clinical Medicine II (4 cr)
  • SAR AT 530 Behavioral Health (3 cr)
  • SAR AT 598 Clinical Experience II (4 cr)

Year 2—Summer

  • SAR AT 599 Clinical Experience III: Primary Care (4 cr)
  • SAR PT 634 Diagnostic Procedures for Rehab Professionals (4 cr)
  • SAR AT 600 Clinical Experience IV (1 cr, approximately 10-week full-time experience; beginning early- to mid-August to late October)

Year 2—Fall

  • SAR AT 672 Patient-Oriented Evidence for Athletic Trainers (3 cr)**

Short Academic Semester (late October to end of semester)

  • SAR AT 630 Pharmacology (2 cr)
  • SAR AT 631 Health & Wellness Promotion (2 cr)
  • SAR AT 632 Health Care Management and Quality Improvement (2 cr)
  • SAR AT 633 Performance Enhancement in Sport (2 cr)

Year 2—Spring

  • SAR AT 601 Clinical Experience V (1 cr, 12-week experience)
  • SAR AT 650 Clinical Reasoning Capstone (2 cr)

*Please see our website for the most current curriculum.

**Class begins concurrently with Clinical Experience III and continues once back on campus.