Athletic Training M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree.

Overview

UVM's Master of Science in Athletic Training program integrates evidence-based, interprofessional practice with the hands-on skills of a 21st century athletic trainer. Investments in labs and teaching technologies and an excellent faculty-student ratio with faculty who have a proven track record in teaching, scholarship and clinical practice provide an optimum environment for learning. The 50-credit curriculum creates an impactful, affordable way to become a leader in athletic training. The curriculum is a 2-year full-time format consisting of 6 semesters of didactic and clinical skills coursework, and 5 semesters of clinical education and experience.

The purpose of the Athletic Training Program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, clinical abilities, and foundational behaviors of professional practice needed to enter the health care profession of athletic training. The Athletic Training Program is designed using a medical-based education model to provide the graduate student with professional preparation and eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers examination. Certified athletic trainers are highly trained, multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to work in a number of settings to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. Working closely with physicians and other health professionals, their expertise includes “prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession”.

During the intensive clinical education and experience portion of the program, students are assigned to a different clinical preceptor each semester at both on- and off-campus clinical sites. Our more than 25 affiliated clinical sites include UVM's Division 1 varsity collegiate sports, UVM’s club sports teams, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the UVM College of Medicine, local high schools, Division 2 collegiate sports at St. Michael’s College, and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics. Students are directly involved with patients and athletes and gain experience interacting with parents, coaches, and other health care professionals. Students may also have the opportunity to observe surgery and engage in research with department faculty if interested. Each student is evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies in order to continue with subsequent clinical assignments.

The Athletic Training Program boasts exceptional faculty members with clinical and research expertise, whom many also continue to practice athletic training in the community. The faculty members below are in addition to those who have been formally appointed as Graduate Faculty members:

Maynard, Alan; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; MEd, University of Virginia
Tourville, Kelly; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; MEd, University of Vermont
Vreeland, Kit; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; EdD, University of Vermont
Alosa, Denise; Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; MS, University of New Hampshire
Farnham, Dan; Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; DPT, ATC
Thibault, Maria; Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; PT, ATC

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.

ACCREDITATION

The MSAT program at UVM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100. Austin, TX 78731-3184

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of master of science

  • B.S. or B.A. from accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Pre-requisite coursework: General Biology (3 credits), Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 credits), Exercise Physiology with lab (4 credits), Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits), Statistics (3 credits). Recommended coursework: General Chemistry, General Physics, Medical Terminology, General/Sport Psychology
  • Three letters of recommendation: minimum one from a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and one from an academic faculty member
  • 60 documented hours of observation with an athletic trainer or combination of athletic trainers.
  • UVM Graduate College Application form

Minimum Degree Requirements

The UVM MSAT program requires successful completion of 49 graduate credits.

YEAR ONE
SUMMER
AT 355Emergency Medicine in AT3
AT 356Clinically Oriented Anatomy3
AT 358Fundamentals of AT2
FALL
AT 357Clinically Applied Anatomy1
AT 359Clinical Skills in AT I1
AT 369Clinical Experience in AT I2
AT 384Injury Eval and Recognition I3
RMS 213Biomechanics of Human Movement3
SPRING
AT 360Clinical Skills in AT II1
AT 370Clinical Experience in AT II2
AT 385Injury Eval and Recognition II3
AT 388Rehab Techniques in AT3
YEAR TWO
SUMMER
AT 344Therapeutic Modalities in AT3
AT 387Recog & Tx of Med Cond in AT3
AT 371Clinical Experience in AT III2
FALL
AT 361Clinical Skills in AT III1
AT 372Clinical Experience in AT IV2
AT 386Evidence Based Practice in AT3
AT 390Seminar in AT1
SPRING
AT 362Clinical Skills in AT IV1
AT 373Clinical Experience in AT V2
AT 389Leadership in AT3
AT 391Advanced Seminar in AT1

Students will be recommended for graduation by the AT faculty if they:

  • Receive no more than 2 passing course grades below a B
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of their didactic course work
  • Pass all clinical education experiences and expectations and receive no more than one U grade in a clinical experience course
  • Completion of all clinical skills proficiencies and Clinical Integrated Proficiencies
  • Illustrate evidence of professional behaviors commensurate with professional practice in athletic training

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of the comprehensive examination for the MSAT student is achieved after successfully passing all proficiencies and standards as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Meet all of the above criteria.