Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

Athletic Training, M.S.A.T. [SUSPENDED]

Advisement for the degree is available from the Athletic Training Program.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is no longer being offered. Current students are able to finish the degree, but new students are not being admitted into the program.

Salisbury University’s School of Health Sciences offers a professional program leading to a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.), which prepares students for a career as an athletic trainer. Athletic training is a health care profession that involves the prevention, diagnosis and management of active individuals who sustain traumatic or lingering injuries, or develop acute illness or other medical conditions that impair a person’s normal function. To practice as an athletic trainer, a candidate must complete an entry-level athletic training program from a nationally accredited academic institution that sponsors an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). SU’s entry-level athletic training program received initial accreditation in 1998 and reaccreditation in 2004 and 2011 at the baccalaureate level. The next accreditation review is in 2021. Students must also pass the national certification examination and, in most states, apply for a license to practice as an athletic trainer.

Admission to the Program

The admissions standards for Salisbury University’s athletic training program are competitive and include the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  2. Complete the following prerequisite courses:

    • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)

    • Basic Athletic Training course 

    • Biology

    • Chemistry (4 credits)

    • Exercise Physiology with Lab

    • Health and Wellness

    • Kinesiology with Lab

    • Physics (4 credits)

    • Psychology

    • Statistics

  3. Submit two letters of recommendation (one must be from an athletic trainer who provided clinical supervision within the past two years)

  4. Complete an essay that addresses a current health-related topic; rating on this essay is based on critical thinking and writing ability

  5. Complete a formal interview

  6. Submit verification of BLS certification (optional)

  7. Submit verification of First Aid certification (optional)

Program Policies

  • The program follows a cohort model that requires all students to be enrolled full time for two academic years, including summer terms. Matriculation of a cohort begins Summer I session with an introductory course.

  • The curriculum features 42 credit hours of coursework specifically devoted to the athletic training domains.

  • All 42 credit hours must be completed at SU.

  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades no lower than C and no more than six credit hours of C or C+ in the program.

  • Once formally admitted to SU’s athletic training program, students are required to complete two years of clinical experiences and demonstrate mastery of clinical proficiencies through four successive clinical proficiency courses: ATTR 505 , ATTR 555 , ATTR 605  and ATTR 655 .

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 180 (300 maximum) clinical experience hours under direct preceptor supervision as part of each proficiency course. Clinical sites are assigned on an individual basis and are based on the student’s long term professional goals.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.