Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)
The mission of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) degree program is to produce a highly functioning Certified Athletic Trainer who possesses the desired knowledge and skills to be distinctly competitive in the job market, and who appreciates and values their role as a contributing professional in the athletic training and sports medicine community at large.
Goals and Objectives
Goal #1. The student will become a competent and skilled Certified Athletic Trainer.
1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the NATA Educational Competencies.
2. The student will demonstrate the athletic training foundational professional behaviors.
3. The student will be able to translate didactic knowledge and skills into clinical decision making.
Goal #2. The student will demonstrate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes to achieve optimal health outcomes in diverse patient populations.
1. The student will be able to adapt patient care decisions in the unique context of the college/university, high school, and rehabilitation intensive settings.
2. The student will be able to adapt patient care decisions for the unique needs of male, female, adolescent, and lay populations.
3. The student will be able to adapt patient care decisions in upper extremity, lower extremity, and equipment intensive clinical experiences.
4. The student will be able to effectively and respectfully provide patient care for people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Goal #3 The student will be able to critically analyze the athletic training body of knowledge and interpret its impact on the profession.
1. The student will be able to utilize evidence based practice when making clinical decisions.
2. The student will be able to critique athletic training related literature and disseminate its findings to a variety of audiences including professionals, peers, and patients.
3. The student will be able to articulate the role of research in clinical practice.
Goal #4 The student will be able to promote the athletic training field as a contributing member of the profession.
1. The student actively participates in the state, district, and national associations for athletic trainers.
2. The student will contribute to the field through professional presentations.
3. The student will be able to defend a position on current professional and employment issues impacting the athletic training profession.
4. The student will gain an understanding of the role of athletic training within the interdisciplinary fields of Exercise and Sport Science and Sports Medicine.
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) earned initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP) in April 2003 and was granted continuing accreditation status in January 2004. Effective July 1, 2006, the new accrediting agency for the ATEP became the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The ATEP is fully accredited by the CAATE; and therefore, students graduating from the CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
The program is designed as a traditional 2 year M.S.A.T. program for those students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and have taken the prerequisite courses listed under admissions.
We also offer sports medicine/athletic training graduate programs of study through our Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory for students who are already BOC certified. Please click here for more information