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

UVM's Master of Science in Athletic Training program integrates evidence-based, interprofessional practice with the hands-on skills of a 21st century athletic trainer. Investments in labs and teaching technologies and an excellent faculty-student ratio with faculty who have a proven track record in teaching, scholarship and clinical practice provide an optimum environment for learning. The 48-credit curriculum creates an impactful, affordable way to become a leader in sports medicine.

Why choose UVM?

PLACE. Burlington is rated “America’s #1 College Town” by the Huffington Post. Outside magazine named it a "Best Town Ever" and National Geographic calls it a "Top Adventure Town."

PROGRAM. Extensive experiential opportunities include:

  • 25 clinical affiliated sites - Division 1 and 2 collegiate sports, high school athletics, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics and UVM's Student Health Center
  • New Gross Anatomy course utilizing prosected, cadaveric and anatomical models under the direction of athletic training faculty, attending orthopedic surgeons and orthopedic surgery residents within the Larner College of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
  • An academic health center offering clinical simulation and research environments, and exercise science labs

TRADITION OF SUCCESS. UVM’s Athletic Training program, now transitioning from an undergraduate to a master’s degree, has a 100% placement rate for graduates entering the workforce or pursuing further education. Program graduates earned a 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam for five of the last six years.

  • The Proof is in Our Alumni

    "It was so helpful to start hands-on learning in the training room and on the field our first year in the program to really get a feel for what being an ATC is like. UVM not only prepared me for the BOC exam but also for running an athletic training room by myself. I felt confident starting my first job right out of school because I had been working alongside amazing athletic trainers for four years."

    - Rebecca Handel '09, M.S., ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Pine Manor College (Photo: Adam Sprague)

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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). Recommended: Exercise Physiology with lab, Kinesiology or Biomechanics, Statistics, 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
  • UVM Graduate College Application form (see Application Instructions below)
  • 50 hours of observation with an athletic trainer or combination of athletic trainers. Download Observation Hours Verification Form (PDF) >>


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 357: Clinically Applied Anatomy (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 (3)
  • 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 (3)
  • 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)

48 Total Credits

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program begin? The Master of Science in Athletic Training program begins in July 2020.

How long is the program? The MSAT program is designed to be completed in two years over a course of six semesters including summers. Year 1: Summer/Fall/Spring; Year 2: Summer/Fall/Spring

When do classes begin in the summer? The summer sessions for both Year 1 and Year 2 begin during the first week of July.

Are there graduate assistantships available?  There are no graduate assistantships available at this time. We are working on developing these in the future. Second-year MSAT students may qualify to be paid teaching assistants for first-year coursework.

What about financial aid and the tuition costs for the program? For current information about financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy. To note: 15 credits of our required curriculum are taught during the summer semesters when the cost of tuition is 30% less than academic-year tuition.

What are the minimum GRE scores? We do not require GRE scores for application to the UVM MSAT graduate program.

Is there a period of time that the prerequisites are no longer acceptable towards my application?  It is highly recommended that prerequisite courses are taken no more than ten years prior to applying to the program.

What is average size of the class?  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences receives a large group of very competitive applications each year for graduate studies. The MSAT program will be limited to a cohort size of 20 students to enhance faculty- and clinical preceptor-student ratios.

Will I need a car? You will most likely need access to a car during your clinical experience courses. Students are responsible for travel to and from affiliated clinical sites. The Burlington community has a robust public transit system which is free for UVM students and encompasses many but not all of our off campus clinical locations.

When is the application deadline? The application deadline is February 15. Applications submitted prior to the deadline will be reviewed and receive an admissions decision within six weeks.

Is an interview required for admission into the UVM MSAT program? There is no interview requirement for the application process.

When will I find out if I am accepted to UVM? Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Decisions for acceptance may be made as early as two weeks following submission. Applicants submitting by the deadline of February 15 will be notified of the admission decision no later than March 1.

If I am/was a varsity collegiate student athlete, can I use the experience I gained with my AT to count as “observation hours”? The observation hours requirement is waived for varsity collegiate athletes.

How can I find out more about the MSAT? Do you hold information sessions? The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services is able to guide you during the application process and answer any of your questions. You can contact them at cnhsgrad@uvm.edu. There are also faculty advisors available if you want to speak to someone about the program. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours. Information sessions for the MSAT program are held at various times throughout the academic year.  Please contact the Office of Student Services if you would like to be notified of upcoming information sessions.


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

Application Deadline


Applications submitted before the deadline will receive an admissions decision within six weeks.


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