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Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

If you are interested in the medical field and have a passion for sports, this is the program for you!


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Program Overview

Students will learn a wide variety of knowledge, skills and abilities and learn how to apply what they know in the areas of healthcare administration, professional development and responsibility. More importantly, they will learn to utilize evidence-based practice to conduct clinical examinations and diagnosis, provide immediate acute care of injuries and illness, formulate and provide therapeutic interventions, promote psychosocial strategies and referral, and prevention and health promotion.

Program Mission and Goals

The Athletic Training program provides students with a dynamic learning environment to foster open dialog and active learning in the classroom and in the clinical setting. The Catholic social justice tradition of Bellarmine University is exemplified by faculty, staff and students working collaboratively to promote the values of cultural awareness, evidence-based practice and positive outcomes. In preparing competent, ethical and compassionate healthcare providers, we develop graduates that become transformational professional and community leaders to meet the needs of a changing world.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to drive decisions.
  • Communicate effectively through oral, written and technological means.
  • Display entry-level competency in the five domains of athletic training:
    • Injury/illness prevention and wellness promotion;
    • Examination, assessment and diagnosis;
    • Immediate and emergency care;
    • Therapeutic interventions;
    • Healthcare administration and professional responsibility.
  • Provide ethical, athletic training care to diverse populations.
  • Identify and develop collaborative relationships with other health care professionals and teams.
  • Apply the tenets of evidence-based practice in the provision of care to active individuals.  
  • Articulate the importance of lifelong learning for personal and professional development

Submit your application for the July 2019 Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Application deadlines: priority deadline is January 15; final deadline is April 1.

Accreditation and Licensure

Bellarmine University is currently seeking accreditation for its Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution submitted a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2018. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

The CAATE site visit is scheduled for January 28-30, 2019.

Tuition and Fees

Please visit our Graduate Tuition Rate page for the most up-to-date information.

Students also will be responsible for any course fees (as printed in the course schedule), professional fees, and books. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program are required to complete a significant number of hours in local and regional clinical sites. Graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 in guaranteed Stafford Student Loans per academic year. Students may also explore the Grad PLUS Loan and alternative loans. Visit our Financial Aid site for more information.

Clinical course fees include:

  1. National Athletic Training Association (NATA) membership fee. Bellarmine University subscribes to ATrack Online as a way to track and document clinical education experience hours. ATrack is free to NATA student members. The NATA membership for non-certified students is $65/year for new members and $85/yr. for renewing members. Each student will have their membership renewed yearly and paid for through clinical course fees. 
  2. As part of the MSAT Program, you will be required to wear approved apparel for your clinical education experiences. Student will receive two polo shirts and one t-shirt each academic year, paid for through clinical course fees. You will be able to order additional items at a cost that is dependent on the clothing retailer. These additional items are not mandatory and therefore are NOT included in the course fees.
  3. The cost of malpractice insurance ($15-$25 annually) is covered through clinical course fees. The cost depends on which carrier is chosen by the university.
  4. The BOC practice exam fee of $300 is spread out over the 4 clinical class fees.

Additional Program Fees

  1. Students are required to submit to an annual drug test and background screening at a cost of $95. This cost is NOT part of your course fees.
  2. You will have the option to sit for the certified strength and conditioning specialist exam. This exam is an additional cost of $340 for NSCA members and $475 for non-NSCA members.
  3. In order to become an athletic trainer, students must pass the Board of Certification exam. The exam cost for first time test takers is $300. Re-take candidates fee is $400.
  4. You are responsible for any cost associated with required physicals and immunizations. 
  5. There may be possible drug testing requirements depending on your clinical placement that is the student's responsibility. Cost will vary depending on clinical site.
  6. Students are responsible for their own travel to and from clinical sites. Based upon distance of clinical sites and gasoline prices, your cost will vary throughout the year.

Contact Information

Dr. Myra Stockdale ATC, LAT
Associate Professor
MSAT Program Director and Chair
Allen Hall 466
mstockdale@bellarmine.edu
502.272.7614

Dr. Chelsey Franz ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Allen Hall 469
cfranz@bellarmine.edu
502.272.7611

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