Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Following are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

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Questions

  1. When will the MSAT program be available?
  2. Where can I find additional information?
  3. What if I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training program?
  4. How long will it take to complete the MSAT program?
  5. What if I already have a Bachelor's Degree?
  6. How do I apply to the MSAT program and what are the prerequisites?
  7. What courses will I take?
  8. What are some job options as a certified athletic trainer?
  9. What is the job outlook for athletic trainers?
  10. Does the program offer any assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships?
     

Answers

  1. When will the MSAT program be available?

    Classes for the new master's program will begin in fall 2018. Applications are due by Sunday, April 1.
  2. Where can I find additional information?

    View the most recent MSAT information at augie.edu/msat. Students should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for the latest admission information.
  3. What if I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program?

    Those already enrolled can choose from two tracks:
    1. Two degrees in five years — First-year undergraduates can choose to enroll as an advanced track bachelor’s/master’s student and will be accepted into the Athletic Training master’s program at the start of their second year. At the end of five years, they will hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science degree and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC-AT) examination.  
    2. Pre-physical therapy — Students who wish to pursue a career in physical therapy can choose the Athletic Training program to build hands-on clinical experience and earn graduate credit in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions as an undergraduate.
  4. How long will it take to complete the MSAT program?

    This 3+2 program will allow students to complete the entire bachelor's and master's degree program in five years, and be eligible to take the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC-AT) examination upon program completion.
  5. What if I already have a bachelor's degree?

    This two-year program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Following completion, students will hold a master’s of science degree in Athletic Training and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC-AT) examination.
  6. How do I apply to the MSAT program and what are the prerequisites?

    View the Admission Criteria and Application Procedures for additional information on the prerequisites.
  7. What courses will I take?

    Learn more about courses required for the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree, along with a sample MSAT course sequence.
  8. What are some job options as a certified athletic trainer?

    Traditional settings for certified athletic trainers are with college, high school and professional sports teams. New and emerging pathways for athletic trainers include roles such as an intake specialist. Intake specialists can work at a physician’s office or in sectors such as the military, the performing arts or public safety to conduct initial evaluations and patient education.
  9. What is the job outlook for genetic counselors?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.
  10. Does the program offer any assistantships, fellowships or scholarships?

    The Dr. Jeffrey J. Behrens Athletic Training Scholarship is awarded annually to an athletic training student at Augustana University. Learn more and apply for this scholarship that is funded by the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

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