Master of Science in Athletic Training

About

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at Eastern Washington University is designed to produce intelligent, dedicated, and motivated health care professionals who will be able to work competently with diverse populations in a variety of athletic training and sports medicine settings. To complete this goal, the program will provide students with periods of full-time clinical engagement; a strong foundation in scientific knowledge including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illness; and opportunities to work side by side with a variety of faculty and staff in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

The program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) with our next accreditation cycle occurring in the 2027-28 academic year.


Completion Options

Students have two options for entering and completing the MSAT program.

  1. Students can select to complete a dual-degree (5-year) option. This option allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science: Pre-Athletic Training as well as a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). It is an intensive full-time format that integrates coursework and clinical experience and provides students eligibility and excellent preparation for national certification.
  2. Students that have already completed their bachelor’s degree at Eastern or another institution can complete a single-degree (2-year) option that also includes a full-time format that integrates coursework and clinical experience and provides students eligibility and excellent preparation for national certification.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Athletic Training, Master of Science (MS)

Degree Requirements

  • must earn a minimum grade ≥B in each ATTR required course
  • must have a minimum cumulative GPA ≥3.0 for each quarter while in program
  • must complete, present professionally, and submit for publication a comprehensive research project
  • must be a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association
  • must complete all program requirements
  • must sit for the BOCs national examination
  • failure to comply with the above standards will prohibit degree eligibility
Required Courses
ATTR 501INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING5
ATTR 502PATHOLOGIES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING5
ATTR 503ORTHOPEDIC EVALUATION I5
ATTR 504ORTHOPEDIC EVALUATION II5
ATTR 511THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES5
ATTR 512REHABILITATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING3
ATTR 513REHABILITATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING II2
ATTR 514ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING3
ATTR 521EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE I2
ATTR 522EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE II2
ATTR 523EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE III2
ATTR 531CLINICAL PROFICIENCY I2
ATTR 532CLINICAL PROFICIENCY II2
ATTR 533CLINICAL PROFICIENCY III2
ATTR 541PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ATHLETIC TRAINER2
ATTR 542CONTEMPORARY HEALTH ISSUES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING4
ATTR 543GENERAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS4
ATTR 544PRINCIPLES OF ADMINISTRATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING4
ATTR 551PRINCIPLES IN CLINICAL APPLICATION I2
ATTR 552PRINCIPLES IN CLINICAL APPLICATION II2
ATTR 553PRINCIPLES IN CLINICAL APPLICATION III2
ATTR 588CLINICAL PRACTICUM (must be repeated 3+2+2+3+2+2)14
ATTR 601RESEARCH PROJECT (must be repeated 2+2+2)6
Total Credits85

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a MS in Athletic Training from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • gain an understanding and demonstrate experience in being good citizens both in the community and in their professional organization;
  • gain clinical experiences in a variety of service learning settings that will allow them to be prepared to work in the diverse opportunities found within the field of Athletic Training;
  • gain the basic knowledge, understanding and skills needed to work competently as an entry level Certified Athletic Trainer as well as to contribute to the knowledge base in the field of Athletic Training.

Outcome Measures

2015-162016-172017-183-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program1081230
Number of students graduating from program who
took examination
971228
Number of students who passed the examination on
the first attempt
771024
Percentage of students who passed the examination
on the first attempt (%)
78%100%83%86%
Number of students who passed the examination
regardless of the number of attempts
971026
Percentage of students who passed the examination
regardless of the number of attempts (%)
100%100%83%93%
2015-162016-172017-183-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program1081230
Student Graduation Rate (%)77%80%71%75%
2015-162016-172017-183-Year Aggregate
Number of students employed as an athletic trainer87823
Student employment rate as an athletic trainer (%)62%70%50%59%
Number of students employed as other2046
Student employment rate as other (%)15%0%25%15%
Number of students not employed2114
Student not employed rate (%)15%10%6%10%
2015-162016-172017-183-Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning the cohort13101740
Number of students returning for Year Two11101435
Percentage of students returning for Year Two (%)85%100%82%88%
Number of students returning for Year Three1081331
Percentage of students returning for Year Three (%)77%80%76%78%

Mission, Goals & Objectives


The program staff of the Athletic Training Program at Eastern Washington University strives to enhance the body, mind, and spirit of each student – to produce intelligent, dedicated, and motivated health care professionals who will provide safe and effective athletic training care to a diverse society in a variety of environments and contribute positively to their community.


Goal #1

Students will develop an understanding of and the skills needed to become versatile professionals capable of contributing positively to society and representing the Athletic Training profession well.

Objectives

  1. Threshold: 80% of graduates who desire will have gained employment or will be furthering their education within one year of graduating from the program.
  2. Students will participate in at least two community-based service activities and one leadership-based service activity while in the program.

Goal #2

Students will be afforded the opportunity to be taught and mentored by “student-first” faculty and preceptors in didactic and clinical environments conducive for learning and professional development.

Objectives

  1. Faculty will score an average of 3.75 (“good/very good”) or better on teaching evaluations by students.
  2. Faculty will score an average of 4 (“good”) or better on peer evaluations of teaching.
  3. Preceptors will score an average of 4 (“agree”) or better on preceptor evaluations.
  4. The clinical sites will score an average of 4 (“agree”) or better on clinical site evaluations.

Goal #3

Students will demonstrate academic and clinical competence to effectively practice health care as an entry-level certified athletic trainer.

Objectives

  1. Students will achieve a 70% first-time pass rate, 90% overall pass rate on the BOC exam.
  2. Ninety percent of students will score at least 80% on the BOC prep examination.
  3. Ninety percent of students will score a 4 or better on each indicator of the Evaluation of Student (by Preceptor) form during their final clinical rotation.

Accreditation

Eastern Washington University originally obtained CAAHEP accreditation for the athletic training curriculum program in October 2002. The program has since completed re-accreditation through the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) in the 2007-2008 and 2017-2018 academic years. Our MSAT program has recently received full accreditation until the end of the 2027-2028 school year.

The purpose of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is to develop, maintain, and promote appropriate minimum standards of quality of entry-level Athletic Training education programs. CASTE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). CAATE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA).