Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Athletic Training, MS (53-643) (52 hours)

Athletic Training Program (ATP)

  • The Master of Science degree in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • In order to be admitted into the UCM MSAT program, a student must first apply through ATCAS (https://ATCAS.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/deeplink/programSearch/organization/239528099887053094). Once admitted to the UCM MSAT program, the UCM Office of Graduate Studies will be in touch with you on next steps as a UCM student including gaining access to your UCM student account and student ID.
  • Information regarding the MSAT can be found at www.ucmo.edu/msat. Questions regarding the Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training should be directed to bhughes@ucmo.edu.
  • The program admits students into the summer term only. The program will have rolling admissions until April 15. All information must be received by the program no later than April 15 (unofficial transcripts are permissible until bachelor’s degree is confirmed). Students will be notified of their conditional admittance into the program by April 30. Final criteria for program admission is an official transcript from the institution where their bachelor’s degree was earned. This should be received by the program no later than 10 working days after the bachelor’s degree was earned. Failure to comply with these dates may impact your acceptance into the program.
  • Note that the application process takes approximately 4-weeks, please plan accordingly to the due date of April 15.

Mission Statement

The mission of the athletic training program at the University of Central Missouri is to produce life-long learners, critical thinkers, and engaged leaders who are ready to take their place in the dynamic world of professional healthcare. The program prepares future athletic trainers to succeed in an integrated healthcare community through the use of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes. With a variety of innovative and dynamic learning opportunities, the athletic training program provides the tools necessary to become professionally prepared and to ultimately foster the confidence to allow the student to succeed in the ever-changing world of healthcare.

Vision Statement

Building upon the University’s historical charter, the University of Central Missouri Athletic Training Program strives to be regionally recognized as a leader in athletic training education. The program seeks to develop engaged practitioners in an integrated and collaborative medical model emphasizing evidence based clinical application and professional development in a continually evolving healthcare environment.

Program Values

Integrity - Curiosity - Inclusion - Partnership - Engagement

Athletic Training Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate the necessary core knowledge, and clinical reasoning to become a certified athletic trainer.

Goal 1 Outcomes:

  • Students will be prepared to pass the BOC Exam.
  • Students will have the knowledge and skills to graduate from MSAT
  • Students will have the skills necessary to be employable as an athletic trainer.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze information and draw conclusions based upon critical evaluation, the professional code of ethics, and all applicable laws and regulations.

Goal 2: Students will participate in professional development,  leadership development, and professional  collaboration.

Goal 2 Outcomes

  • Students will have the skills to professionally socialize and become lifelong learners.
  • Students will identify continuing education opportunities post certification
  • Students will identify and analyze their own personal leadership style
  • Students will have the knowledge and skills to successfully practice interprofessional collaboration in the workforce.

Goal 3: Students will learn to appreciate and assess diversity in culture and community to improve patient outcomes.

Goal 3 Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to continually self reflect on their personal views of diversity.
  • Students will use appropriate nomenclature and recognize health disparities in a diverse patient population.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse patient population.

Admissions Criteria

The admission criteria for the Athletic Training Program include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale) on the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” or higher:
    • General Biology and Lab - 3-4 credit hours
    • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Lab - 4-8 credit hours
    • Chemistry and Lab - 3-4 credit hours
    • Nutrition - 3 credit hours
    • Statistics - 3 credit hours
    • General Psychology OR Lifespan and Development - 3 credit hours
    • Exercise Physiology - 3 credit hours
    • Physics OR Biomechanics - 3 credit hours
  • Articulation of courses determined by the review of the ATP Admissions Committee.
  • Technical Standards Form (signed by your healthcare provider) *
  • Physical examination (signed by your healthcare provider) *
  • Three reference forms (one must be from a faculty member) *
  • A curriculum vitae or resume*
  • A personal statement (please see the MSAT website for more details) *
  • Official transcript where bachelor’s degree was earned. *
    • If an official transcript is unavailable, an unofficial transcript will be accepted until the degree is awarded and official transcript is available
  • For International students seeking admission into the program, additional requirements apply:
    • For full admission to the Athletic Training Master’s Program, international students must submit English proficiency scores with a minimum of 6.0 IELTS-Academic or 79 iBT TOEFL. The Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (RTPDT) scores of Reading: 20, Writing: 20, and Listening: 20 are also accepted by UCM for full admission.
    • Applicants who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency scores may apply for conditional admission to the program. All conditionally-admitted students must successfully complete the Intensive English Program prior to enrolling in courses for the MS in Athletic Training program.  Students who are accepted conditionally do not need to reapply to the Athletic Training program.
  • Proof of current personal medical/health insurance *
  • Proof of current immunization records or verification of prior infection for the following: *
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Meningitis
    • Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) 
    • Polio

Note: Yearly tuberculosis screening and annual flu shots will be required as part of the program. Deadlines for these will be made available once in the program.

  • Drug Test and Criminal Background Screening 
    • Upon submission of your application, a link will be provided to Validity Screening Solutions where you will schedule your drug test and criminal background screening. (There will be an attached fee for this). Both the drug test and criminal background screening will be completed by you through Validity Screening Solutions. Following completion of the drug test and criminal background screening, Validity Screening Solutions will send the confidential results directly to the program director.

*These documents must be submitted by the student through SLATE.