Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?

The MSAT program is completed over a minimum of two years. A traditional post-baccalaureate graduate program requires the bachelor’s degree be conferred prior to matriculation in to the program. Bellarmine students enrolled in the Exercise Science or Sports Management majors can apply for early admission, provided they have all prerequisites completed prior to matriculation. These students have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years rather than the traditional six.

What unique opportunities will I have as a Bellarmine MSAT student?

Interprofessional education is important to learn how to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. All students will have the opportunity to work with Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) students and faculty in the on campus athletic training facility. Students will have regular exposure to Bellarmine’s physicians when they visit campus to see injured and ill athletes. The curriculum was designed specifically to maximize opportunities for DPT and MSAT students to work together in classes, clinicals, study abroad opportunities to the Dominican Republic and through active engagement in exploring and addressing community-based needs for athletic training intervention and expertise.

When does the program begin?

The MSAT program begins in the beginning of July. Students participate in a one-day orientation on the morning of the first day of class.

What do I need to be successful in the program?

Athletic training is a demanding program of study; the majority of athletic training courses include classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. The courses will have an average weekly requirement of 14 credit hours. Approximately three hours of study time per credit hour is recommended each week in order to be successful. The ability to prioritize and organize one’s time and have good study habits are critical assets for successful outcomes.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

In order to adhere to Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) guidelines, students will spend much of their clinical time in traditional sport settings such as the athletic training facility on campus, which helps care for 22 varsity teams. In addition, students will be assigned to local high schools and universities, professional sports settings as well as various healthcare agencies across central Kentucky including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician offices.

How do I become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)?

Graduates of a CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the certification examination for athletic trainers offered through the Board of Certification (BOC).

Is the program accredited?

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training program at Bellarmine University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has approved the program to be offered at Bellarmine University.

Do states require licensure to practice like other health care professions?

Most states do require some form of licensure for athletic trainers to practice. Upon passing the BOC examination and meeting specific state requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and/or other comparable agencies in other states.

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