Program: M.S., Athletic Training

Program Description

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other allied health professionals to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. The practice of Athletic Training encompasses prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program provides students with academic and clinical experiences designed to prepare them for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and a successful career in the field. Students who want to become certified Athletic Trainers must earn a degree from an accredited Athletic Training program.

Students committed to pursuing the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree must submit two separate applications: (1) CSUN via Cal State Apply and (2) CSUN MSAT Athletic Training program. More information can be accessed at Graduate Studies–Prospective Students and the Department of Kinesiology Athletic Training website.

Meeting eligibility requirements to apply to the MSAT does not guarantee acceptance. For students who are admitted to the MSAT, the professional program will provide Athletic Training Students (ATSs) with rigorous academic and clinical preparation. Full-time status, with concurrent clinical experiences, is required throughout the entire 6-semester, 2-year program. ATSs will advance in the program as cohorts.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment in the program.
  2. Admission to graduate studies at CSUN.
  3. Required prerequisites include a minimum of one semester of each of the following courses:
    1. Human Anatomy with lab
    2. Human Physiology
    3. Nutrition
    4. Psychology
    5. Chemistry: General Chemistry or similar
    6. Physics: Classical Mechanics, General Physics, College Physics or similar
  4. Recommended prerequisite courses:
    1. Statistics
  5. Minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 2.75; 3.0 preferred (with no grade lower than “C-“).
  6. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to filing the application.
  7. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from the supervising Athletic Trainer.
  8. Validation of relevant observation experience (see the Athletic Training website for experience requirements).
  9. Submission of separate Athletic Training program Application.
  10. Interview with selection committee (by invitation only; applicants are not guaranteed an invitation to interview).

For further information, please see the Athletic Training website.

B. Requirements for the Degree

1. Required Courses (61 units)

AT 500 Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training (3)
AT 501/L Foundations in Athletic Training and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 502 Pain Neuroscience in Athletic Training (2)
AT 510/L Clinical Anatomy and Biomechanics and Laboratory (2/1)
AT 520/L Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 521/L Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 530/L Therapeutic Interventions for Lower Extremity Injuries and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 531/L Therapeutic Interventions for Upper Extremity Injuries and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 540 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I (1)
AT 541 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II (1)
AT 542 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III (1)
AT 550/L Primary Care I and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 560 Seminar in Athletic Training I (1)
AT 561 Seminar in Athletic Training II (1)
AT 562 Seminar in Athletic Training III (1)
AT 610/L Reconditioning and Human Performance and Laboratory (2/1)
AT 620 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training (3)
AT 630/L Advanced Manual Therapy and Laboratory (3/1)
AT 640 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV, Primary Care (1)
AT 641 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V (1)
AT 642 Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training VI, Immersive (1)
AT 642A Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training VI, Immersive A (1)
AT 650/L Primary Care II and Lab (2/1)
AT 660 Emerging Trends in Athletic Training (2)
AT 670 Diversity and Inclusion in Athletic Training (2)
AT 680 Practical Applications of Injury Prevention (2)

2. Culminating Experience (3 units)

AT 698 Graduate Project (3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 64


Department of Kinesiology
Chair: Rosa Angulo-Barroso
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
(818) 677-3205

Graduate Coordinator: Shane Stecyk
(818) 677-4738

Student Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree will prepare athletic training students to:

  1. Recognize, evaluate and diagnose acute and chronic injuries, illnesses and conditions in clinical practice using principles of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.
  2. Design and track the progress of preventative and rehabilitative care plans in clinical practice through the implementation of therapeutic interventions using principles of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.
  3. Recognize, manage and refer emergent medical situations using principles of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.
  4. Provide patient-centered care to diverse and underserved patient populations in a respectful and culturally competent manner congruent with the ethical and practice standards of the profession.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate administrative skills, professional behaviors, communication and documentation required of Athletic Trainers working with patients, stakeholders and interprofessional care teams while promoting the profession.