General Academic Information

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) is a five-year Entry-Level Athletic Training Program, designed to prepare graduates to enter into a variety of employment settings and to render health care to diverse individuals engaged in physical activity.

The CUW MSAT program will prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed as an entry-level athletic trainer.  The program will provide students with an educational experience encompassing communication, problem solving, clinical skills, professional development, and service.  This will be accomplished through undergraduate level common core courses, undergraduate and graduate level athletic training courses, and approved graduate level electives.  In addition, the MSAT program enhances the classroom education with extensive hands-on clinical experiences in a variety of settings.  The students in the MSAT program will complete approximately four years of clinical rotations, concentrated during the second, third, fourth, and fifth years.  As a result, the students graduating from the program will be prepared to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Computer Based Examination and will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a successful clinician. 

The CUW MSAT program will accomplish its mission through a holistic approach to the development of the mind, body, and spirit.  The CUW MSAT program is designed to meet all of the requirements set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for an accredited program, as well as the graduation requirements for CUW.  The students who complete this program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine degree and a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.

Core Requirements45
Major Requirements98
Electives 19
Total Hours152

Major Requirements    

Required Core Courses
Human Anat & Phys I (Natural World)
Statistics I (Natural World)
General Psychology (Human Beings and Being Human)
Required Major Courses
BIO 192Human Anat & Phys II4
EXPH 470Exercise Physiology4
HHP 342Nutrition Wellness/Perform3
MSAT 115Med Term for Health Profession1
MSAT 130Advanced Weight Training2
MSAT 172Athletic Training Foundations3
MSAT 205First Aid & Emer Proced & Lab3
MSAT 272/273Intro-Athletic Training3
MSAT 289Athletic Training Seminar (1 credit, taken 4 consecutive semsters)4
MSAT 291Athletic Training Pract I3
MSAT 292Athletic Training Practicum II3
MSAT 301/302Rehab Tech-Athlet Inj3
MSAT 303/304Therapeutic Modalities3
MSAT 312Admin & Org of Athlet Training3
MSAT 330Manual Muscle Testing2
MSAT 348Palpatory Anatomy2
MSAT 350Appl Biomechanics & Arthrokine3
MSAT 372/374Recog/Eval Ath Inj I3
MSAT 376/378Recog/Eval Ath Inj II3
MSAT 380Rec & Eval Athletic Inj III3
MSAT 391Athletic Training Practic III3
MSAT 392Athletic Training Practic IV3
MSAT 403Advanced Injury Management3
MSAT 491Athletic Training Practicum V3
MSAT 492Athletic Training Practicum VI3
MSAT 501Manual Based Exam & Treatment3
MSAT 510Pathophys, Pharm & Gen Med4
MSAT 520Basic Stats for Athletic Train3
MSAT 530Psychosocial Aspects of AT3
MSAT 540Applied Kinesiology3
MSAT 569Research Methods3
MSAT 600Thesis (3 credits, taken 2 consecutive semesters)6
Electives (Graduate-Level Courses)
Select 3 courses from the Approved List of Electives provided by an Academic Advisor
Total Hours98

Admission To The Program

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is a selective program that accepts approximately twenty students each year.  This admission process and limited class size promotes quality education, provides the students with opportunities for hands-on learning, and maintains compliance with CAATE accreditation standards.  Prospective athletic training students will formally apply to the MSAT program during the spring semester of their first year of coursework.  Students with higher academic standing or transfer students may apply and will be given equal consideration; these students will need to formally apply and go through the MSAT program curriculum at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Once admitted to the program, the Athletic Training Students will complete the remaining four years of core curriculum and athletic training coursework.

During the first year at Concordia University Wisconsin, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the MSAT program:

  1. Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 in all course work (Overall CGPA).
  2. Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 in all major course work (AT CGPA). (BIO 191 Human Anat & Phys I, BIO 192 Human Anat & Phys IIMSAT 115 Med Term for Health Profession, MSAT 130 Advanced Weight Training, MSAT 172 Athletic Training Foundations, MSAT 205 First Aid & Emer Proced & Lab, MSAT 272 Intro-Athletic Training / MSAT 273 Athletic Training Lab).
  3. Complete the MSAT Program Application by the specified date, including a background check.
  4. Submit two MSAT program evaluations, from two personal references.
  5. Interview with the MSAT program Admissions Committee.
  6. Complete and pass the following courses:
    1. BIO 191 Human Anat & Phys I: with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    2. BIO 192 Human Anat & Phys II: with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    3. MSAT 115 Med Term for Health Profession: with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    4. MSAT 130 Advanced Weight Training: with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    5. MSAT 172 Athletic Training Foundations: with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    6. MSAT 205 First Aid & Emer Proced & Lab: with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
    7. MSAT 272 Intro-Athletic Training / MSAT 273 Athletic Training Lab: with a grade of B (3.0) or higher

Retention Standards

Once admitted to the MSAT program, all Athletic Training Students must maintain the following Retention Standards:

  1. Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 in all course work (Overall CGPA).
  2. Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 in all major course work (AT CGPA). (BIO 191, BIO 192, EXPH 470, HHP 342, all MSAT courses, and Elective courses).
  3. Must pass all Practicum courses (MSAT 291 Athletic Training Pract IMSAT 292 Athletic Training Practicum II, MSAT 391 Athletic Training Practic III, MSAT 392 Athletic Training Practic IV, MSAT 491 Athletic Training Practicum V, and MSAT 492 Athletic Training Practicum VI) with a grade of B (3.0) or higher.
  4. Must adhere to the MSAT Program Handbook.
  5. Maintain required and scheduled clinical experience hours. Must make every attempt to schedule all classes prior to 2:00pm in order to complete clinical rotations.
  6. Must pass all required athletic training courses, in sequence, in order to progress in the Athletic Training Program. If a student does not pass a course during a particular semester, that student cannot progress in the program until the course has been re-taken and the student has passed the course. This will likely cause a one year delay in the completion of the MSAT program. Students who do not pass an athletic training course during the first attempt may re-take that course one additional time in an effort to pass the class. Students will not be allowed to take any athletic training course more than two times.
Please see the Concordia University Wisconsin Master of Science in Athletic Training website for more information, such as: Technical Standards for Admission, Degree Completion Requirements, Communicable Diseases, Accreditation Status, BOC Exam Pass Rate, Tuition and Fees, and Scholarships