Athletic Training, MS

  • IUP Athletic trainers assess a football player lying prone on the field

    In keeping with recent board-certification guidelines making the master’s degree the standard professional degree for athletic training, IUP is launching the MS in Athletic Training in the summer of 2020. The program will require two full-time semesters and two summers and will include a sequential classroom and clinical curriculum. Students will progress through the program in a cohort.

    Master’s Degree in Athletic Training Offers Clinical and Classroom Training

    Our Athletic Training MS program gives you a strong foundation for your career through a balance of both classroom and clinical training. Our program prepares you to take the Board of Certification exam and enter the field of athletic training. Individuals who currently hold a BOC credential or are BOC eligible are not candidates for this program.

    Athletic Training Strategic Alliance Sets Master’s Degree as New Standard

    The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance critically examined what the appropriate professional degree level should be to best prepare athletic trainers for an integral role in the evolving healthcare system. The Alliance members agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.

    The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance is comprised of the:

    Master’s Degree Programs Prepare Students for Athletic Training Certification

    In order for an existing athletic training academic program to continue preparing candidates to sit for the Board of Certification exam and enter the field of athletic training, the transition to a master’s degree is required.

    Through our medical-based format, you’ll learn to provide comprehensive client/patient care in five domains of clinical practice:

    • Prevention
    • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis in collaboration with a physician
    • Immediate and emergency care
    • Treatment and rehabilitation
    • Organization and professional health and well-being

    You’ll also study the athletic trainer’s role in the healthcare system, risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance, reimbursement, documentation, patient privacy, and facility management.

    Option: Start Your Master’s Degree Early with Our 3+2 Program

    There are many ways you can enter the Athletic Training MS program. One option is to enter graduate school early, while still working on your bachelor’s degree at IUP in the Physical Education and Sport/Pre-Athletic Training program. This option, typically described as a 3+2 option, allows you to begin your education for an athletic training career as a freshman and finish a year early with a master’s degree, saving you time and reducing the cost of your total education.

    Students may also be accepted into the Athletic Training MS program after the traditional completion of a bachelor’s degree either at IUP or at another college.

    For additional information, contact the coordinator:

    Jim Racchini
    Graduate Coordinator for MS in Athletic Training
    Zink Hall, Room 231
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Phone: 724-357-2759
    racchini@iup.edu