Master of Science (M.S.)
Term Start - Summer
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.
March 1: Application for summer semester due
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.
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:
- 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
Applications for the 2021-2023 cohort are now being accepted. Application review will begin March 1, 2021. Classes will begin in June 2021.
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
Summer Semester Year 1
|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
|ATR 5125 Orthopedic Assessment||3|
|ATR 5130 Therapeutic Invention I||3|
|ATR 5150 Integrative Experience in AT I||4|
Winter Semester Year 1
|ATR 5140 Clinical Gross Anatomy||3|
|ATR 5145 Therapeutic Interventions II||3|
|ATR 5151 Integrative Experience in AT II||4|
Summer Semester Year 2
|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
|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
|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
|Screening (Criminal background screening)||Fees|
|U.S. residents only||$55|
|*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|
|Personal transportation to affiliated clinical sites||Variable|
|Textbooks and study materials||Variable|
|BOC Inc., Examination Fee||$300|
Student Achievement Measures
Student Achievement Measures for retention, graduation, board of certification examination and employment are provided below and will be populated as students progress and complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.
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
Clinical education coordinator
MSAT Medical Director
EACPHS/Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies
259 Mack Avenue, Suite 4514
Detroit, MI 48201
Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies
This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.