Master of Science in Athletic Training (CUW)

The CAATE accredited Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program will provide students with the professional preparation necessary to succeed as an entry-level athletic trainer.  The program will provide students an educational experience encompassing communication, problem solving, clinical skills, and service.  As a result, students graduating from the program will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a successful clinician, will be prepared to pass the Board of Certification Examination, and will be eligible for appropriate state credentialing.  The CUW MSAT program will accomplish its mission through a holistic approach to the development of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Graduate Program:  Students who already possess a bachelor’s degree can complete a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree at CUW.  Concordia's MSAT program consists of 69 graduate-level credits, completed over the course of six (6) semesters.  The program enhances this classroom education with extensive hands-on clinical experiences in a variety of settings, under the supervision of health care professionals.  Students in the Graduate MSAT program complete five (5) semesters of clinical education rotations, including an immersion experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will communicate effectively with others in an oral or written professional format.
    • Students will communicate professionally, to a variety of audiences, utilizing various media modes.
    • Students will write clearly and professionally, using appropriate medical vernacular.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in a team approach to practice.
  • Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving.
    • Students will identify and analyze a research problem or clinical question.
    • Students will apply an evidence-based model to make informed decisions about patient care.
    • Students will demonstrate data fluency through effective analysis and application.
  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an entry-level athletic trainer.
    • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of health promotion and injury prevention.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform a thorough clinical examination, formulate an appropriate diagnosis, and refer to another health care provider if necessary. 
    • Students will determine and apply appropriate therapeutic interventions.
    • Students will utilize appropriate psychosocial strategies and recognize the need to refer a patient to another health care provider if necessary.
    • Students will abide by the moral, ethical, and legal obligations established by the Board of Certification and applicable State Regulatory Agencies.
    • Students will understand the administrative and organizational duties required of an entry-level athletic trainer.
  • Students will understand the role of a Christian health care provider.
    • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Christian faith and other worldviews, as it relates to the profession of athletic training.
    • Students will identify the importance of serving diverse populations in the Church and the World.


Required Courses
MSAT 505Professional Development1
MSAT 515Patient Centered Care3
MSAT 525Athletic Training Foundations with Lab3
MSAT 530Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Training3
MSAT 535Emergency Care in Athletic Training with Lab3
MSAT 550Therapeutic Modalities with Lab3
MSAT 560Recognition & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I with Lab4
MSAT 561Recognition & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II with Lab4
MSAT 562Recognition & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries III with Lab4
MSAT 565Rehabilitation Techniques of Orthopedic Injuries I with Lab3
MSAT 566Rehabilitation Techniques of Orthopedic Injuries II with Lab3
MSAT 569Research Methods3
MSAT 574General Medical Conditions with Lab4
MSAT 575Case Studies in Athletic Training3
MSAT 579Administration & Management in Athletic Training4
MSAT 580Athletic Training Clinical I1
MSAT 581Athletic Training Clinical II2
MSAT 582Athletic Training Clinical III3
MSAT 583Athletic Training Clinical IV3
MSAT 584Athletic Training Clinical V3
MSAT 585Seminar in Athletic Training III3
MSAT 590Immersion Experience in Athletic Training6
Total Hours69

MSAT Admission Requirements

All students applying for admission to the CUW MSAT program will be required to submit the following initial application materials:

  • Application, with a personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Verification of 20 hours of athletic training observation

Following a positive initial application review, students will be required to submit the following:

  • Proof of CPR certification
  • Background check
  • Handbook agreement signatures
    • Extracurricular Activity Policy, if applicable
  • Immunization records 

Graduate MSAT Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3.00 GPA
  • Anatomy & Physiology: C minimum
  • Postsecondary coursework in:
    • Anatomy
    • Biology
    • Biomechanics
    • Chemistry
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Nutrition & Public Health
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Psychology


Students may be allowed to transfer up to 12 credits into this program with Director approval.