Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)


Welcome to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program. The MSAT program is designed to provide students who have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree and the eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. The program requires two full years, including summers, for completion and includes clinical experience and classroom education.


The mission of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program is to prepare students to become competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and to advance the profession of athletic training. The program teaches and provides practical experiences to enable graduates to assume leadership roles both within the field of athletic training, and within the community.

Student Learning Outcomes

The MSAT program is intended to prepare graduates to critically analyze and convey information to patients, colleagues, and other health professionals. Graduates will be able to provide a broad range of patient care services and perform research and administrative responsibilities. This is accomplished through student and faculty collaboration, participating in professional organization in athletic training, and administering athletic training services.

Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform as athletic training clinicians and to grow and adapt to the rapid changes in the profession and health care.

Program of Study

Students will be accepted into the program by cohorts every other fall term and complete the program as a group. The program will require five semesters of coursework, which includes one summer term.

Each course within the program will be offered once every two years. All courses offered during the first year of the program will be delivered on campus, with the exception of AT 615 during Summer I, which is delivered online to accommodate students who may wish to be off-campus beyond the completion of the two clinical education experiences. During the second year of the program, fall courses will be delivered on campus, and spring courses will be delivered online to support the student being placed off-campus for both the Clinical Education VI experience and the culminating Internship.

CAATE Accreditation Statement

Chadron State College 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 October 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of an onsite review does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students who graduate from the program prior to the accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.