February 15 will be the priority admission deadline for full consideration.
Located in Huntington, West Virginia, the Marshall University Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (PMSATP) is fully accredited by the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). It is a rigorous academic program that includes course work in athletic training, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, psychology, and other science related courses. The multifaceted program blends classroom instruction with required clinical rotations where students obtain real life experience working hands-on with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals to provide patient care. The rigorous curriculum prepares students to take the national BOC board exam (Board of Certification Exam). A degree in Athletic Training and BOC certification offers graduates opportunities to practice in a variety of clinical settings. These settings include, but are not limited to, high school, college, and professional athletics, outpatient clinics, industrial rehabilitation sites, physician practices, the performing arts, safety settings, and higher education.
Once a student has been admitted to Marshall University and declared athletic training as their major, they must complete specific prerequisite courses to apply for admission into the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (admission criteria). Students can review the 2017-18 Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual here. Acceptance into the PMSATP is competitive and separate from acceptance to Marshall University. The 2015-2016 academic year marked the last year students were admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program. In July 2016, the first class of students were admitted to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. This new program is organized in a 3 + 2 structure. This means that during the student’s first three years at Marshall University or other regionally accredited institution, he/she would be taking the required MU core/general studies courses in addition to the courses that are required to apply to the PMSATP including: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Personal Health/ Wellness, Medical Terminology, Statistics, First Aid & CPR, and Introduction to Athletic Training. During these first three years, students could also elect to take pre-requisite courses that are needed to apply to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, or Medical School. At the end of this three year period and assuming that all the PMSATP admission requirements have been met, students would then apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Once admitted, students will need two additional years to complete all the PMSATP class and clinical education requirements and would graduate with the Master’s degree. So, in a 5-year period, students could finish the PMSATP with a Master’s degree. Students presently enrolled at Marshall and having completed the PMSATP application requirements by the spring 2018 semester would apply to the program at this time and be able to graduate with the Master’s degree in May 2020 assuming all class and clinical requirements have been appropriately met. Students from other institutions who have met all the PMSATP admission requirements may also apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Furthermore, students holding the bachelor’s degree from Marshall University or other regionally accredited higher education institutions, may also apply into the PMSATP assuming that all pre-requisite courses have been successfully met. In this case, the student would need to be admitted to PMSATP, and then to successfully complete all the required courses and clinical education experiences in order to receive their master’s degree in two years.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions (www.NATA.org). Athletic trainers are an integral part of health care in the clinical, high school, college and professional settings. The certified athletic trainer has the medical and physiological skills necessary to provide initial assessment and treatment of injury and the foresight to reduce the risk of their occurrence.
Clinical experiences include:
- University Athletics – Fall and Spring Sports
- High School Athletics- Fall and Spring Sports
- Allied Health Care Clinical Experiences
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Physical Therapy Outpatient/Inpatient
- Balance Center
- EMS Ride-a-Long
- Emergency Room
- Family Practice
The CAATE-accredited PMSAT program offers classes in foundational clinical skills in athletic training, assessment of orthopedic injuries, general medical conditions, therapeutic interventions, organization and administration in athletic training, current trends in athletic training, research methods, and graduate project. An evidence-based practice approach is integrated along with four clinical classes and an externship requirement, where students obtain clinical experience rotations with collegiate sports, high school sports, sports medicine clinics, and other clinical settings in order to prepare Marshall University PMSAT students for the next generation of health care professionals. After graduation, students may decide to pursue post-professional studies in various fields such as medical school, physical therapy school, physician’s assistant school, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, or strength and conditioning and become dual credentialed.