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Training for a new field

Katie Clark

Katie Clark already had a successful nursing career when a thirst for something new led her to UTA.

“I enjoyed orthopedics, and it occurred to me to try athletic training,” says Clark, one of the first to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training, or MSAT, at UTA. “I knew it was going to be a good program. It’s a great, upcoming field and the UTA faculty have a passion for athletic training that makes you want to learn.”

After graduation in 2015, Clark became a physician extender at Arlington Orthopedic Associates.

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation began enrolling MSAT students in 2013 and has 36 MSAT students this spring semester. The two-year degree replaced the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

The change reflects a national trend.

“There’s a lot of opportunity now, especially in North Texas,” says Paul Krawietz, MSAT program director. “If a MSAT graduate wants a job in athletic training, they’ll get one.”