Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

SMAT Mission

Guided by the public affairs mission of the University, the mission of the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is to develop highly educated individuals as well as proficient health care professionals in the field of athletic training and the broader area of sports medicine.  Faculty, students, and staff of the program support this mission by engaging in culturally rich educational experiences that foster responsibility and ethical leadership; pursuing new knowledge via professional and scholarly activities; providing community engagement through service to the University, Springfield community, and athletic training profession; and engaging in lifelong learning.

Graduate programs

We offer two Master's degree programs.  Which one is right for you?


Master of Athletic Training

The Master of Athletic Training is designed for individuals who did not earn a bachelor degree in Athletic Training or did not earn certification as an Athletic Trainer in their undergraduate major.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is for those who have their Athletic Training certification and wish to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in the field.

Why study athletic training at Missouri State? 

  • You’ll gain extensive and comprehensive real-world athletic training experiences with college sports, high school sports, sports medicine clinics, physicians, and other health care providers.  
  • You’ll enter the job market with confidence and skills necessary to succeed.  
  • Nearly 100 percent of our graduates secure employment or admission into post-professional programs prior to graduation.

A tradition of achievement and excellence

  • Missouri State’s sports medicine and athletic training department has a reputation for delivering high-quality education with more than three decades of educating athletic training students.
  • The department focuses on learning through hands on clinical training incorporated throughout the curriculum.
  • Our students consistently perform above the national average on the Board of Certification exam and have nearly 100 percent placement in jobs and graduate programs.  Review our Outcomes and BOC exam pass rates.

CAATE Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education certifies that Missouri State University has completed a comprehensive accreditation review and demonstrated compliance with the nationally established Standards. The next comprehensive review will occur in academic year 2022-2023.



Inspiring academics

The sports medicine and athletic training department promotes learning through experience — with insight from dedicated faculty, expert advising and clinical training.

Faculty and Staff