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.

A tradition of achievement and excellence

  • Missouri State‚Äôs 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 BOC exam pass rates.

CAATE Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education certifies that Missouri State University's BSAT 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. MSU is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. MSU will no longer accept students into the BSAT after spring 2018. The last BSAT undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021.

Graduate programs

Undergraduate programs


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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