Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is a two-year, 38 credit hour, master’s degree, delivered via traditional, online, and hybrid formats.  The degree employs 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.  In alignment with the mission of the Department of Kinesiology, the program emphasizes 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.

There are two types of applicants for the MSAT program. The first type is the Traditional MSAT applicant with has earned an undergraduate degree. The second type of applicant has not yet earned their undergraduate degree and is currently enrolled at CMU in the BS Exercise Science program and may qualify to pursue the MSAT as part of a Bachelor degree 3+2 MSAT concurrent enrollment program. 

1) Traditional applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • Science GPA includes all courses with subject codes of Biology/Zoology, Chemistry, and Physics

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • The candidate must have completed the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
  • All prerequisite coursework must be earned from a regionally accredited institution and be verifiable through official transcripts, or accepted by a U.S. equivalency reporting agency
  • A single course cannot be used to meet multiple requirements
  • All applicants must complete the required prerequisites
    • Five of the eight required prerequisites must be completed at the time of application
    • A plan to complete outstanding coursework must be documented in the application
    • Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher
    • All transcripts for outstanding prerequisite coursework must be received by CMU no later than July 1
  • Pre-requisite coursework (CMU equivalent)
    • Biology (BIOL 101/101L)
    • General Chemistry (CHEM 131/131L and 132/132L)
    • Physics (PHYS 100)
    • Psychology (PSYC 150)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 209/209L and 210/210L)
    • Statistics (STATS 200)
    • Biomechanics (KINE 370/370L)
    • Nutrition (KINE 203)
    • Exercise Physiology (KINE 303/303L)

Other Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all college and university work
  •  Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • CASPer Exam
  • CASPer Snapshot
  • Note: Slight preferences are given to those applicants with ties to the western slope of Colorado.

Other information

  • We recommend that applicants obtain 150 hours of post-high school athletic training experience.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.
  • To be considered for an interview, all applicants for whom English is a second language must achieve a minimum score of 550 paper-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; 213 on the computer-based tests or 79-80 on the internet-based test), within the past two years. 
  • Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstance. 
  • All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements.

2) 3+2 applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

Applicants must meet the following criteria in addition to all of the criteria for the MSAT program.

  • Declared Exercise Science major.
  • Classified as a senior (i.e., at least 90 credit hours including hours in which student is currently enrolled and for which the student is registered for a future semester.).
  • At least a 3.0 overall GPA and must have at least a 3.0 GPA in courses in the student’s declared major.
  • A 3+2 Concurrent Enrollment application form to the MSAT Program Director.
  • Submit to the MSAT Program Director how all remaining bachelor degree requirements and all MSAT requirements will be met in two years via the 3+2 Concurrent Enrollment application form. 
  • Complete the MSAT program admission process.

After admission into the Bachelor Degree 3+2 MSAT Concurrent Enrollment Program, the student:

  • Must follow the two-year recommended course sequence for the MSAT course component.
  • Must notify the MSAT Program Director immediately if justifiable life circumstances do not allow the student to complete both undergraduate and graduate programs within two years of admission into the program.
  • Must complete ALL bachelor degree graduation requirements in the same semester or prior to completing all MSAT graduation requirements.
  • Must submit the necessary paperwork to graduate with the bachelor degree to the Department of Kinesiology with a copy to the MSAT Program Director AND must submit the necessary paperwork to graduate with the MSAT and MSAT Program Director. This requirement must be met before the published deadline in the semester prior to intended graduation.

Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology
Maverick Center 237B
970.248.1635

ATRN 502 Research Methods II3 Credits

Examination of the methods of research in kinesiology. Topics include epidemiology, public health, and evidence based practice.

Prerequisites: KINE 501.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 511 Professionalism in Athletic Training/Healthcare Ethics I1 Credit

Introduction to Athletic Training profession. Foundational athletic training skills and programmatic and professional policies, procedures, and standards of practice.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MS Athletic Training program.

Terms Typically Offered: Summer.

ATRN 512 Professionalism in Athletic Training/Healthcare Ethics II3 Credits

Survey of experience and knowledge gained in Athletic Training Program. Certification examination preparation, employment preparation, and capstone experience.

Prerequisites: ATRN 511.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 513 Administration in Athletic Training3 Credits

Exploration of Athletic Training administration. Concentration on human resources, healthcare delivery models, payor systems, facility design and function, and budgets.

Prerequisites: ATRN 511.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ATRN 521 Injury and Illness Diagnosis and Management I4 Credits

Evaluation techniques and care of common injuries and illnesses. Integration of anatomical structures, physiology principles, and evaluation techniques to provide a basis for clinical decision making in an injury/illness management environment. Review of the theoretical and scientific basis for, and practical use of, traditional therapeutic interventions utilized in the treatment of acute and chronic injury and illness.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MS Athletic Training program.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ATRN 522 Injury and Illness Diagnosis and Management II4 Credits

Evaluation techniques and care of less common injuries and illnesses. Integration of anatomical structures, physiology principles, and evaluation techniques to provide a basis for clinical decision making in an injury/illness management environment. Review of the theoretical and scientific basis for, and practical use of, traditional therapeutic interventions utilized in the treatment of acute and chronic injury and illness.

Prerequisites: ATRN 521.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 523 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions1 Credit

Exploration of emerging and/or advanced therapeutic interventions. Review of the theoretical and scientific basis for, and practical use of, emerging and/or advanced therapeutic interventions utilized in the treatment of acute and chronic injury and illness.

Prerequisites: ATRN 522.

Terms Typically Offered: Summer.

ATRN 524 Pharmacology and Sport Performance3 Credits

Exploration of pharmacology and sport performance in an athletic patient population. Review of the basics of pharmacology, supplements, and wellness/healthy nutrition, as well as the components of a comprehensive program to maximize sport performance.

Prerequisites: ATRN 523.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 531 Clinical Education in Athletic Training I2 Credits

Exploration of athletic training clinical experiences. Concentration on development of clinical skills as a novice clinician with focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MS Athletic Training program.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ATRN 532 Clinical Education in Athletic Training II2 Credits

Exploration of athletic training clinical experiences. Concentration on development of clinical skills as an advanced beginner clinician with focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: ATRN 531.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 533 Clinical Education in Athletic Training III3 Credits

Exploration of athletic training clinical experiences. Concentration on application of clinical skills as a competent clinician with focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: ATRN 532.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ATRN 534 Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV3 Credits

Exploration of athletic training clinical experiences. Concentration on application of clinical skills as an experienced clinician with focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: ATRN 533.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ATRN 587 Research3 Credits