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M.S. Athletic Training

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Entry Level Masters Degree in Athletic Training

Vision: The South Dakota State University Athletic Training (AT) Program aspires to prepare engaged practitioners and contemporary leaders of athletic training.

Mission: The South Dakota State University Athletic Training (AT) Program exists to cultivate a learning environment implementing innovative and best practice pedagogies which challenge students to become reflective, professional, and ethical practitioners dedicated to improving patients' quality of life.

The Entry Level Graduate Program in Athletic Training (AT) at South Dakota State University was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Education (CAATE) in August 2008. The SDSU AT program is two years in length and includes coursework in the summer between the first and second professional years. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training and are eligible to challenge the national certifying examination for athletic trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC). As a note, the BOC examination is also the recognized examination in all states that currently have regulation for athletic trainers.

The program includes 44-47 credit hours (depending on option). Students may complete an Option A (Thesis), Option B (Research Paper), or Option C (Coursework) depending on their chosen plan of study. In addition to completing the courses required for the curriculum, students must successfully complete the proficiencies associated with clinical education as well as complete clinical experiences under the supervision of preceptors who are credentialed health care professionals.

Each year the MSAT program admits (1) new cohort of students who begin their plan of study during the Fall semester. Admittance into the MSAT program is on a competitive basis. For initial consideration, students must be admitted into Graduate School at SDSU. Candidates must also complete a secondary program admissions process. 

The program reviews completed applications during the Fall semester or the Spring semester. To qualify for a Fall review, Graduate School applications must be submitted by November 1 and program application materials by December 1. For a Spring review, the respective deadlines are February 1 and March 1. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview no later than January 1 or March 1.

For more information contact:

Trevor C. Roiger, EdD, AT
ATEP Program Director
Phone: 605-688-5824