Equipped to address health care challenges with a hands-on approach

UVM's Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program equips students with the knowledge and skills to excel as health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and other health care providers in the prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses incurred by athletes and others engaged in physical activity.

About the Program

UVM Athletic Training students benefit from interdisciplinary study, diverse clinical experiences and individual attention. A rigorous, interprofessional curriculum addresses the competencies and clinical proficiencies required for practice by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Meet our faculty >>


CAATE logo

The University of Vermont's Athletic Training Program has been re-accredited for the period 2018-2028 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. Phone: (512 733-9700; Email: caate@sbcglobal.net.The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and application is pending.

Graduates of the Athletic Training program are eligible to sit for the CAATE Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs Vermont licensure requirements.

  • Experiential Opportunities

    In addition to UVM’s primary athletic training facilities on campus, we have 20+ clinical affiliated sites within the Burlington community. These include local collegiate and high school settings, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics and the UVM Larner College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Learn more about our clinical affiliated sites >>

Admission Requirements

Requirements for application to the M.S. in Athletic Training program include:

  • B.S. or B.A. from accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Pre-requisite coursework: General Biology (3 credits), Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 credits), Exercise Physiology with lab (4 credits), Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits), Statistics (3 credits). Recommended coursework: General Chemistry, General Physics, Medical Terminology, General/Sport Psychology
  • Three letters of recommendation: minimum one from a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and one from an academic faculty member
  • 60 documented hours of observation with an athletic trainer or combination of athletic trainers. Download Observation Hours Verification Form (PDF) >>
  • UVM Graduate College Application form (see Application Instructions below)

Minimum Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Curriculum

Summer 1

  • AT 355: Emergency Medicine in Athletic Training (3)
  • AT 356: Clinically Oriented Anatomy (3)
  • AT 358: Fundamentals of Athletic Training (2)

Fall 1

  • AT 359: Clinical Skills in Athletic Training I (1)
  • AT 369: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (2)
  • AT 384: Injury Evaluation and Recognition I (4)
  • RMS 213: Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)

Spring 1

  • AT 360: Clinical Skills in Athletic Training II (1)
  • AT 370: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (2)
  • AT 385: Injury Evaluation and Recognition II (4)
  • AT 388: Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training (3)

Summer 2

  • RMS 244: Patient Management: Therapeutic Modalities (3)
  • AT 387: Recognition and Treatment of Med. Cond. in Athletic Training (3)
  • AT 371: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (1)

Fall 2

  • AT 361: Clinical Skills in Athletic Training III (1)
  • AT 372: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV (2)
  • AT 386: Evidence-based Practice in Athletic Training (3)
  • AT 390: Seminar in Athletic Training (1)

Spring 2

  • AT 362: Clinical Skills in Athletic Training IV (1)
  • AT 373: Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V (2)
  • AT 389: Leadership in Athletic Training (3)
  • AT 391: Advanced Seminar in Athletic Training (1)

49 Total Credits

Further program requirements are outlined in the Master of Science in Athletic Training Graduate Student Handbook (PDF) >>

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 15

1. Complete the Athletic Training Common Application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). Please submit the following application materials through the ATCAS system:

  • (3) Letters of recommendation (Minimum one from a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and one from an academic faculty member.)
  • Official transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. ATCAS and the UVM MSAT program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services.
  • Essay/personal statement

Note: ATCAS takes 3-4 weeks to verify your application after it has been submitted.

2. Complete the supplemental UVM Graduate College Application and submit the application fee. Note: you do not need to upload a resume or a writing sample. Under the personal statement, please upload a PDF or Microsoft Word document that reads: "See essay on the ATCAS application."

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: ATCAS has selected World Education Services (WES) as the preferred service for evaluating foreign transcripts. To be considered for application, foreign transcripts must be submitted to this agency for review.

Review of Graduate Applications/Selection Process

Candidates will be ranked using a combination of undergraduate GPA and TOEFL scores (if required), students’ statements on the Graduate College application, and letters of recommendation. The program is selective and space limited due to clinical placement capacity. There is no guaranteed admission for undergraduate students wishing to enter the MSAT. The applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, comprised of program faculty, who will then make recommendations for admission.

Contact Us

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858


Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 15


Apply Now