Program Requirements

Progression and Retention Requirements

After admission into the Master of Athletic Training program, a student must achieve the following for progression in the program:

  1. Remain in compliance with all Master of Athletic Training, CHHS and Graduate College policies.
  2. Receive no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B-", no course with a grade "C-" or below may be applied towards the Master of Athletic Training. Furthermore, a graduate student becomes ineligible for graduate study if more than 9 semester hours of "C+" or lower are earned in graduate courses taken in the degree program.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of health care professionals.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge during didactic and clinical experiences.
  5. Maintain current NATA, MAATA, and MoATA membership.
  6. Maintain current liability insurance.
  7. Maintain current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification at the Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer level or beyond.

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the Master of Athletic Training program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the program, based on the judgment of the majority of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department graduate faculty.

Students on clinical probation must receive a rating of "satisfactory" or higher on all remaining AT clinical evaluations. Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the Master of Athletic Training program. Students have the right to follow the University's appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.

Students should refer to the Missouri State University Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Handbook for Professional Athletic Training Students for additional policies and procedures of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department.

Degree requirements (minimum of 61 hours)

  1. Academic Advisor. Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. If desired, the student may select a different advisor once fully matriculated into the program. This occurs most often when a research topic is chosen and it is appropriate for a different faculty member to direct that project. The role of the graduate advisor is to:
  • Assist the student in the selection of course work for his/her graduate program;
  • Advise and assist the student in completion of all Missouri State University and departmental requirements for degree.

It is extremely important that students have early contact with their advisor and gain advisor approval before registering for classes. The advisor is a key person in helping individuals plan their graduate program, ensuring that classes fit the program, planning an appropriate class sequence, and providing other input that ensures a student is successful in their graduate program. All degree-seeking students must have the advisor complete an electronic release prior to registering.

Core Course (61 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ATC 601 Foundations of Athletic Training 1 hr
ATC 602 Orthopedic Review 2 hrs
ATC 604 Clinical Skills in AT 3 hrs
ATC 622 AT Practicum I 2 hrs
ATC 623 Patient Evaluation I 3 hrs
ATC 631 AT Integrated Lab I 1 hr
ATC 633 Therapeutic Interventions I 3 hrs
ATC 640 Evidence Based Practice 2 hrs
ATC 653 Patient Evaluation II 3 hrs
ATC 663 Therapeutic Interventions II 3 hrs
ATC 671 AT Integrated Lab II 1 hr
ATC 682 AT Practicum II 2 hrs
ATC 711 Problem Based Practice (1 hr each) 3 hrs
ATC 713 AT Practicum III 3 hrs
ATC 724 AT Practicum IV 4 hrs
ATC 732 Applied Research Methods in Health Care 3 hrs
ATC 734 Prof Dev and Leadership 4 hrs
ATC 741 Therapeutic Interventions III 1 hr
ATC 753 Pharmacology/General Medical Concepts 3 hrs
ATC 773 Athletic Training Seminar 3 hrs
ATC 784 AT Practicum V 4 hrs
ATC 791 AT Research Project 1 hr
ATC 797 Non-thesis Project  3 hrs
PSY 627 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs

Research Requirement

Completion of a non-thesis project approved by the non-thesis committee.

Non-thesis Project. Three (3) credit hours in ATC 797 Non-Thesis Project will count toward a degree. IRB proposal, data collection, formal presentation, and related manuscript must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee before the degree is granted.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination administered during the student's final year of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

The Master of Athletic Training Program faculty will retain the right to consider mitigating circumstances relative to all program requirements (admissions, retention, course prerequisites, etc.) and may alter one or more of these requirements for admission and program progression. Should a student's academic sequence be interrupted for any reason, that individual must meet with the Master of Athletic Training Program faculty to determine the course of action. This decision will be on an individual basis, taking the situation and circumstances into consideration.