Master of Science in Athletic Training

The professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program is a two-year, 38 credit-hour, standalone master’s degree delivered via traditional, online, and hybrid formats. The degree will employ course content that focuses on the competencies needed to practice both the art and science of athletic training, leading to compassionate and exceptional care to meet the regional needs of western Colorado and beyond.

Master of Science in Athletic Training
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In alignment with the mission of the Department of Kinesiology, the program will emphasize promoting wellness and physical activity across a diverse population of patients. Students will learn the importance of self-care and fostering resilience and wellness in themselves, in order to extend better care to others. Over the course of the two years enrolled, students will complete a number of clinical rotations, including immersion experiences during year 2 that most likely will take place remotely. During year 1, students should plan on spending 20 – 25 hours/week in a clinical assignment which will increase to 30 – 50 hours/week during the year 2 immersion experience.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program will seek accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The MSAT program ensures the highest quality of education by offering collective learning experiences enabling students to successfully challenge the Board of Certification examination and gain employment in a variety of settings including but not limited to:

  • High school/college athletic programs
  • Professional sports programs
  • Outpatient physical therapy/sports medicine clinics
  • Industrial/corporate settings
  • US military
Our Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) is to produce competent athletic trainers who use clinical decision making to provide patient care on varied populations.  Through the program's professional preparation, which emphasizes patient-centered care and evidence-based practice in both didactic and clinical education, CMU Athletic Training Program graduates are well prepared to help athletes of our region and beyond enjoy wellness and physical activity.

Higher Learning Commission

CMU has submitted an application to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer this graduate program. Students will not matriculate in this program until HLC approval has been granted.

Accreditation

CMU is currently seeking accreditation for their new professional Athletic Training program 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, 2020. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

  • CMU will submit the self-study for accreditation by July 1, 2020.
  • CMU anticipates an on-campus site-visit by February 15, 2021.
  • CMU anticipates notification of accreditation decision during late spring 2021.
  • Students are not eligible for the BOC, Inc. examination until the program receives official notification of positive accreditation action.

For questions regarding the accreditation status or process, please contact us or the CAATE.