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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Master of Science in Athletic Training - College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in UTA’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT).

Our athletic training program was established at UTA in 2001, with the MSAT offered since 2013. We have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since 2006. In March 2019, after an excellent review, our program was reaccredited through the 2028-2029 academic year.

Why should you choose UTA’s MSAT program?

  • 98% first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam
  • 98% overall employment rate (96% as athletic trainers)
  • Excellent value: competitive tuition rates and very good employment and salary prospects after graduation
  • Athletic trainers in the Dallas-Fort Worth region typically earn well above the national average
  • Wide variety of clinical sites and preceptors
  • Abundant sports medicine networking and employment opportunities
  • Our use of standardized patients and interprofessional education make us a leader in athletic training education
  • Four award-winning faculty, recognized at the state, regional, and national level, with a variety of experiences and expertise who are all 100% dedicated to the MSAT.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person or by phone. For more information, please email us at MSAT@UTA.EDU, or fill out or interest form.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Laura Kunkel, EdD, LAT, ATC, PES
Director, Master of Science in Athletic Training
The University of Texas at Arlington
Phone: 817-272-6735

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified health care professionals who provide services such as primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. (Material adapted from National Athletic Trainers’ Association, “What is athletic training.”)

Contact Form

Access our contact form by clicking or tapping here; your submissions are sent directly to the UTA MSAT Program.

Application Materials

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Options for High Schoolers / Undergraduates

Are you a high school student or undergraduate interested in Athletic Training? The Department of Kinesiology has excellent undergraduate degrees that will prepare you for a Master's in Athletic Training (click or tap here to explore our options). If we know you plan on applying for the MSAT program after your Bachelor's we can help you get the experiences you need as an undergraduate to be qualified to apply for our Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

By 2022, only Master's degrees will be offered by CAATE-accredited programs of Athletic Training. Most AT's on the job market will hold a Master's degree. We believe your best chance at a career in Athletic Training comes with graduate-level preparation.