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Athletic Training, MS

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at the University of La Verne prepares students to become certified athletic trainers who are compassionate global citizens and leaders from diverse backgrounds and who possess the skills necessary to be competent, ethical, collaborative, and accomplished healthcare providers.

The MSAT prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination by addressing the required educational competencies and clinical proficiencies through a challenging curriculum that integrates didactic knowledge and clinical application.

Curriculum and Program Prerequisites

The MSAT is a cohort-model program beginning in the fall of each year. The program is delivered over two academic years (Fall-January-Spring-Summer-Fall-January-Spring).

Grounded in evidence-based practice, the first year focuses on critical knowledge and skills grouped by body areas (e.g., fall semester is lower extremity, spring semester is upper extremity and head/spine) and the second year focuses on patient care. Students’ final semester includes the new CAATE mandated ‘immersive’ experience where students have a minimum of 4 weeks full-time (i.e., no in-class meetings) at a clinical site. The curriculum also intentionally reflects our University’s and Program’s values of diversity and inclusivity.

This program can be completed in two years, and graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam, a mandatory examination an individual is required to pass to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Interested students should view our detailed admission requirements for more information.


The ideal graduate program will have faculty with relevant expertise in the field and who’ve worked in the kinds of places graduates want to work. Our faculty can prepare students to take the next step in their career and education.

Jobs in Athletic Training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for athletic trainers are expected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026. Before entering the field, graduates must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Once certified, graduates can begin careers as qualified athletic trainers, helping people of all ages from young athletes to the elderly. Employment is widely available across many fitness and healthcare settings, including:

  • College and Universities
  • High schools
  • Hospitals and Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Fitness and Recreation Sports Centers

La Verne’s Master’s in Athletic Training program is suited for those looking to pursue a career in sports medicine. Applications will be reviewed as received and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all cohort slots are filled.

Student Achievement Measures

Student achievement measures can be found here.

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La Verne’s athletic training program starts in the fall. Apply by May 15.

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