Master of Science in athletic training

Our mission is to develop competent, collaborative, critical thinking individuals, who employ evidence-based decision making, while delivering patient-centered health care through dynamic and diverse didactic and clinical educational experiences, in preparation for BOC exam eligibility and employment opportunities.

Important dates

  • March 1, 2023: Application for summer semester due

  • Term Start - Summer


A moratorium is effective Fall 2022 through the end of the 2024 academic year.

Margaret Gilbeau ('21)

"I am currently working through Beaumont Troy at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. I am thankful to be working with such a fantastic team of athletic trainer's that made my transition into the profession smoother than I could have imagined. I still use every day as a learning experience and will continue to do so for the rest of my career. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for the WSU MSAT program. I have not only grown as a clinician, but as a person in this program and I am thankful to have been taught by such a knowledgeable and supportive staff."

Program information

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a graduate-level professional program for students interested in becoming an athletic trainer (AT).

Students are trained to provide patient-centered care in accordance with the following professional domains:

  • Injury/illness prevention and wellness promotion
  • Examination, assessment and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Health care administration and professional responsibility

Students who competently complete the academic program become eligible for national certification by passing the Board of Certification, Inc. examination. Upon receiving certification, they may apply for state licensure and professionally practice in accordance with their state practice act.

Questions associated with the Athletic Training Program at Wayne State

Potential settings of employment may include:
Physician clinics; sports medicine departments; outpatient rehabilitation clinics; hospital systems; public and private secondary schools; colleges and universities; youth, professional and Olympic sports; industrial and occupational health; public safety departments; performing arts companies; and the military.


The AGRADE program is available to academically strong students completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students to begin master's degree coursework while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Students have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.

For students whose undergraduate major is in Exercise and Sport Science, the AGRADE graduate program options are: Athletic Training; Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; Health and Physical Education Teaching; and Sports Administration.


Enrollment in the Athletic Training Program (ATP) is contingent upon admission to the WSU Graduate School. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required during undergraduate studies. Additionally, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

Application checklist

  • Complete the ATCAS application
  • Complete the Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions online application
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a C or better:
    Courses Cr. Hrs.
    Anatomy and Physiology 6
    Exercise Physiology 3
    Research/Statistical Methods 3
    Physics 3
    Chemistry 3
    Biology 3
    Psychology 3
    Nutrition 3
    Biomechanics 3
  • Submit official transcripts to ATCAS and WSU
  • Provide three letters of recommendation; at least one must be from an athletic trainer
  • Complete a personal statement
  • Provide proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care
  • Documented observation of an athletic trainer for a minimum of 30 hours
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Complete the Technical Standards Agreement
  • Personal interview
  • No GRE required

Application Process

Applications for the 2023-2025 cohort are due by March 1, 2023. The application review will begin in early 2023. Classes will begin in June 2023.

Course Requirements

The course of study is a 24-month program, beginning during the summer semester. Students must complete a total of four semesters and two summer sessions, integrating a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Students are required to complete each semester sequentially, with full-time enrollment.

Document and forms


Course Descriptions

Summer Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
ATR 5110 Pathophysiology of Sports Injuries 3
ATR 5115 Acute Care of Athletic Injuries 3
ATR 5149 Pre-Season Integrative Experience I 1

Fall Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
ATR 5125 Orthopedic Assessment 3
ATR 5130 Therapeutic Invention I 3
ATR 5150 Integrative Experience in AT I 4

Winter Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
ATR 5140 Clinical Gross Anatomy 3
ATR 5145 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
ATR 5151 Integrative Experience in AT II 4

Summer Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
NUR 7035 Family Centered Health Promotion and Risk-Reduction 3
ATR 5215 Medical and Pharmacologic Inventions 3
ATR 5250 Interprofessional Practice Experience 2
ATR 5159 Pre-Season Integrative Experience II 1

Fall Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 10
ATR 5135 Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training 3
ATR 5225 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training 3
Integrative Experience in AT III 4

Winter Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
ATR 5252 Clinical Immersion 6
ATR 5230 Transition to Practice 3

Program Total Credits: 55


Costs Associated with WSU Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

WSU Tuition Rates and Fees

Courses Fees
ATR 5115 $30
ATR 5149 $50
ATR 5150 $50
ATR 5151 $50
ATR 5159 $50
ATR 5251 $50
ATR 5140 $200
Screening (Criminal background screening) Fees
U.S. residents only $55
Non-U.S. residents $65
Second-year renewal $19
Tests Fees
*Additional immunizations may be required by affiliated clinical site; cost may be deferred through personal medical insurance.
TB annual Test* $18
Urinary Drug Screening $25
Flu Vaccination* Variable
Immunizations* Variable
Additional costs Fees
Personal transportation to affiliated clinical sites Variable
Textbooks and study materials Variable
Program-Specific Clothing Optional
Examination Fees
BOC Inc., Examination Fee $300

Student Achievement Measures

Student Achievement Measures for retention, graduation, board of certification examination and employment are provided and are revised as students progress and complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Program outcomes provided through CAATE.

Athletic Trainer Potential Salary Summary

Salary information for Athletic Trainer's from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. This information may vary from the below Career Insights projections.


The WSU College of Education Athletic Training program has been awarded full accreditation through CAATE


Athletic Training - Faculty / Staff

Rachael German
Program director
Nate McCaughtry
Professor and Assistant Dean
of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies

Gretchen Mohney 
Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Ashley Reed
Clinical education coordinator

Ramsey Shehab
MSAT Medical Director

EACPHS/Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies 

259 Mack Avenue, Suite 4514
Detroit, MI 48201

Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies
Phone: 313-577-4249

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