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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.

Student BOC Pass Rate

Programs must meet or exceed a 3-year aggregate of 70%

 

2011-12

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3-year aggregate

Number of students graduating from the program

22

13

22

16 17 19 19* 55

Number of students graduating from program who took examination

18

13

19

15

16 19 16 51

Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt

17

11

15

14

14 16 14 44

Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt

94

85

79

93

88 84 88 86

Number of students who passed the examination regardless of number of attempts

18

13

17

14

15 16 14 45

Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of number of attempts

100 100 89 93 94 84 88 88

2017-18 was the first academic year that includes both BSAT and MSAT graduates

Student Graduation Rate

Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).  This data does include students who started in the Athletic Training degree who permanently transferred out of the major, who may have gone on to graduate in this timeframe from another major program.

  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3-year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 22 13 22 16 17 19 19 55
Student graduation rate (%) 100 93 76 89 68 95 70 76

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

Employment rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3-year aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 6 6 2 6 13 14 12 39
Student employment rate as AT (%) 75 86 33 86 72 74 60 68
Number of students employed as other 1 0 1 1 2 4 5 11
Student employment rate as other (%) 12 0 17 14 11 21 25 19
Number of students not employed 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 3
Student not employed rate (%) 0 14 33 0 6 0 10 5