Athletic Training

Athletic Training

About the Master of Science in Athletic Training

At the intersection of sports and medicine is the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at Troy University. This program prepares you to make an impact in the lives of patients both on and off the field. If you passionately crave the responsibility to ensure the safety and health of clients of all ages and skill levels, this program at TROY could be the right choice for you.  

Admission is competitive and cohorts begin in the fall semester annually. Courses include a variety of clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed athletic trainer or physician. By combining excellence in teaching, the latest technologies available in education, and outstanding clinical site affiliations, the program fully prepares graduates to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as qualified healthcare providers. 

Program Objectives

In order to achieve the program goals, the MSAT program will prepare graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of the foundations of human movement science in relation to athletic training.
  2. Articulate a philosophy of practice that includes ethical leadership, goals for professional development, and a commitment to advocacy for the profession of athletic training.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to prevent, evaluate, and treat the acute injuries and common medical conditions of physically active individuals and to provide appropriate medical referral.
  4. Design, produce, and present peer-reviewed research as it relates to the practice of evidence-based athletic training.
  5. Practice in collaboration with other health care and wellness professionals.

Skills Learned

The courses in the Master of Science in Athletic Training at Troy University, taught by knowledgeable faculty, will prepare you to be a qualified practicing athletic trainer within the human movement and sports medicine healthcare provider network through interdisciplinary, patient-centered education.

Upon graduating from this program, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibilities and be able to recognize, assess and treat the acute injuries and common medical conditions of physically active individuals. You will also be able to provide appropriate medical referral or therapeutic treatment and rehabilitative methods in the treatment of injuries and illnesses in the physically active population.


Workforce Ready

With the Department of Labor citing that growth is expected to grow nationally an average of 21% and in Alabama by 30% by 2024, you will be well-positioned to meet the growing demand. A Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Troy University will provide you with the education and experience needed to sit for your Board of Certification exam (BOC) to either immediately enter the work force or further study in Doctoral-level programs, professional school or residency programs.

Once certified, you will be able to apply your education in a variety of settings, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, rehabilitation clinics, military, entertainment and corporations.


Troy University offers a rewarding two-year, full-time accredited graduate professional program in athletic training leading to the degree of Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). The program’s classroom component is divided into three sections: athletic training theory and practice, exercise physiology and role it plays within the practice of athletic training, and clinical experiences. The courses are designed to expose students to information through multiple didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences. These courses incorporate the Curricular Content Standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Application Process

To apply to the MSAT program, applicants must first have a verified application on the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS)  Candidates who advance in the admission process will be required to complete an application to the Troy University Graduate School. Troy University Graduate School application fees will be waived, and materials submitted to ATCAS will be used to complete the Troy University Graduate School application to avoid redundancy and eliminate excess costs. For information on general Troy University graduate admissions requirements, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

It is our recommendation that students interested in the Troy University MSAT Program consider their Bachelor’s degree in the Troy University Exercise Science major, specifically the Pre-Health Professions track, as this will best prepare the student for the prerequisite requirements for the MSAT program without any additional curriculum and financial cost. 

Please contact Dr. Troy Coppus, Program Director of the Troy University Athletic Training Program, with any questions at 334-670-5818 or  

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus