Master of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic Training student checks the ankle of a football player on the side of the field

The Bachelor’s program will be closing after the class of 2020 graduates. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program has been approved by the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees and by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The program will begin the process of seeking accreditation as a new program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (the CAATE) beginning in the summer of 2020.  It is anticipated that the inaugural class of MSAT students will be admitted in the summer semester (May) of 2021.

The goal of the MSAT program is to prepare students for entry into the profession of athletic training. This degree is the entry level professional degree and meets the eligibility requirements for both the national professional examination administered by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers' (the BOC) and the state licensure exam necessary for practice.

To meet this goal, the program provides students with:

  1. knowledge in the biomechanical/pathomechanical aspects of human movement and the physiological/pathophysiological aspects of injury and healing
  2. knowledge and training in methodologies used in the evaluation, management, treatment, referral, and rehabilitation of people who have suffered an injury or illness
  3. training in the skills necessary to recognize and reduce the risks associated with physical activity and sport
  4. training in the skills required to manage the day-to-day operations of a sports medicine/athletic training practice
  5. basic skills in research design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation

The MSAT program is designed for the student seeking the professional health care credential as an athletic trainer (AT). After successfully completing the MSAT program students are eligible for the BOC Exam and the appropriate state licensure exam. Passing both exams confers two credentials, AT (the state license) and ATC (signifying holding BOC certification).

A variety of student backgrounds brings valuable experiences and perspectives to the program. As such, the program welcomes application from students with a bachelor's degree in any area of study as long as they meet program pre-requisites. The most applicable degrees, however, are those in Health Sciences, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or other areas based in the natural sciences and human movement.

Upon successful completion of all aspects of the program, graduates can work in a variety of settings that employ athletic trainers. The traditional setting is in organized athletics either at the club, high school, collegiate, or professional level. Athletic trainers are also employed in a variety other areas, including physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, performing arts medicine, military and tactical medicine, industrial medicine, and comprehensive health & wellness centers. The structure of the program as a Master of Science may also be useful for students who choose to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level.

The clinical affiliations that have been developed over the decades of offering Athletic Training at the bachelor degree level will continue. The program has clinical affiliations with the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics, College Conservatory of Music Dance Department, and ROTC. Agreements are also in place with the Cincinnati Bengals, Futbol Club Cincinnati, the Florence Freedom baseball club, other collegiate athletic departments and many of the high schools in the region. All of the major health care systems in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky as well as many physician practices in orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and primary care are also among the available clinical sites. Unique clinical experiences across the country can also be arranged, including opportunities in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Major League Soccer, and colleges and universities across the country at all competitive levels.

 Just a few of the Athletic Training program’s clinical affiliates include:

  • Wellington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • St. Xavier High School
  • Cincinnati Bengals, Inc.
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Walnut Hills High School
  • Cincinnati Reds, LLC
  • Moeller High School
  • Thomas More College
  • Highlands High School
  • Cincinnati Ballet, Inc.
  • Beacon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • FC Cincinnati
  • St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

Graduate Student Organizations

All of the pre-professional and professional programs in the College of Allied Health Sciences have active student organizations. The first few classes of graduate athletic training students will have the opportunity to form their graduate student organization and shape that organization's vision and mission. The opportunity to collaborate with the student organizations in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Nutrition programs within the department will help form a broad range of activities and engagements across the college, the Academic Health Center, the university, the community, and beyond.

Please visit Admissions Requirements to view our prerequisites and other program requirements. 

There a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available to Master of Science in Athletic Training students: 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

Students must earn a minimum of 62 graduate semester credit hours with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. This is a professional program of study that is guided by the Accreditation Standards for Athletic Training Education. As an accredited program these guidelines require strict adherence. There is some flexibility but, in general, students must progress through the program on schedule in order to meet program and professional standards.

Courses will be completed over 2 years of full-time study (6 consecutive semesters). Included in the curriculum are intentionally designed interprofessional classroom, co-curricular and clinical experiences. Each semester the clinical experiences progress in complexity and with increasingly autonomous patient-care and client-care experiences consistent with the student's level of training. The clinical experiences culminate with fully immersive clinical experiences. These experiences can be local or at clinical sites across the country.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

UC BSAT Program's current 3 year aggregate
  Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 3 Year Aggregate
# of Graduates 7 17 11 35
# taking BOC Exam 7 17 11 35
% taking BOC Exam 100% 100% 100% 100%
# passing on 1st attempt 5 9 7 21
% passing on 1st attempt 71% 53% 64% 60%*
# passing after all attempts 7 17 10 34
% passing after all attempts 100% 100% 91% 97%

* The current 3 year aggregate 1st attempt pass rate is below the CAATE minimum standard of 70%.

UC BSAT Program Retention & Graduation Rate
  Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019  3 Year Aggregate
# of Students entering program year 1 15 21 13 49
# of Students returning year 1 to 2 9 17 12 38
% of students returning year 1 to 2 60% 81% 92% 78%
# of Students returning year 2 to 3 7 17 11 35
% of students returning year 2 to 3 78% 100% 92% 92%
# of students graduated (year 1 to 3) 7 17 11 35
% of students graduated  47% 81% 85% 71%
UC BSAT Graduate Placement Rate
  Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019  3 Year Aggregate
# of Graduates 7 17 11 35
# employed as AT 6 8 6 20
% employed as AT 86% 47% 55% 57%
# employed as AT in graduate or residency program 1 7 3 11
% employed as AT in graduate or residency program 14% 41% 27% 31%
# enrolled in other professional degree programs 0 2 0 2
% enrolled in other professional degree programs   12%   6%
# not employed due to military service 0 0 0 0
% not employed due to military service        
# employed in other than AT 0 0 0 1
% employed in other than AT        
# not employed 0 0 0 0
% not employed        
#unknown 0 0 2 2
% unknown     18% 6%


The University of Cincinnati is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2021. 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.

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Thomas Herrmann

Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267

(513) 558-7427