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Athletic Training (MSAT)

This program is for students looking to become a certified athletic trainer. If you’re a certified athletic trainer looking to earn a master’s degree, learn more here.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) develops competent athletic training students who are eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Every student in the program will have clinical experience at the Division I level. New students can enroll in the program beginning Summer II. View curriculum.

Why Us?

  • Leadership. We have been a leader in AT education for over 30 years. We offer many programs at the professional, post-professional and doctoral levels.
  • Experience. Our geographical location, access to field experiences, alumni network, and dedicated faculty provide a unique and competitive education experience.
  • Uniqueness. Our research distinctiveness includes advanced concussion education and evidence-based practice components in an interdisciplinary approach throughout the College of Public Health.

Mission: 

The mission of the Temple University Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is to develop competent athletic training students who are eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, to teach ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills to students that will work with the physically active population, to produce clinicians who display sound decision-making and good judgments through critical thinking and analysis of salient facts, and to encourage students to assume a leadership role in their professional careers.

Program Goals:

1. To prepare Athletic Training Students for the BOC examination and a successful career as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

   A. Review of Educational Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies matrix within the Athletic Training Education Program (ATP) curriculum

   B. Monitor ongoing changes with the BOC, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)

   C. Assess future ATP needs via assessments (e.g., alumni and employer surveys, Advisory Board meetings, student surveys)

2. To prepare Athletic Training Students for clinical practice through various experiences under the guidance of Athletic Trainers and other allied health professionals to develop their professionalism, critical thinking, cognitive and didactic skills.

   AProvide quality clinical experiences (both sexes) through upper and lower extremity, general medical, individual and team sports and equipment intensive clinical setting

   B. Structure learning opportunities that integrate the classroom, laboratory, and practicum experiences into patient care

   C. Prepare athletic training students for careers in traditional and emerging settings with diverse populations

   D. Provide athletic training students with opportunities to communicate with athletic and medical personnel

   E. Provide athletic training students with internship opportunities to develop professional rapport with athletic and allied health professionals

   F. Promote and encourage cooperative learning and service orientation for athletic training students

3. To prepare graduates to practice with cultural competence and professional integrity.

   AAdhere to and review the NATA Code of Ethics and Pennsylvania State Practice guidelines

   B. Adhere to and review the Temple University Policy and Procedures Student Handbook

   C. Prepare students to work in diverse patient settings

   D. Incorporate ethical decision-making into clinical practice

4. To prepare athletic training students to utilize and demonstrate evidence-based practice decision-making.

   A. Emphasize the ongoing importance of reading, appraising, and applying research in the athletic training field

   B. Provide athletic training students with opportunities to communicate with other allied health care professionals through guest lectures, practicums, and/or clinical experiences

   C. Encourage and facilitate efforts of the athletic training students to attend national, regional, state, or local continuing education symposiums, workshops, or meetings

Accreditation Statement: 

In January 2017, The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education approved Temple University's request for the degree level change to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.  The program is currently accredited and in good standing.