Erskine’s MSAT Program
If you plan to pursue a career in athletic training, the time is right. The current average income for Athletic Trainers nationally is $54,832, and the profession is expected to grow 21% by 2024.
Erskine’s Master of Science in Athletic Training equips you through hands-on experience and a holistic approach to evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. You will learn the fundamentals of athletic training research and the principles of administration in the field. Your coursework will help prepare you for the BOC exam, and with a variety clinical sites, you will gain practical experience.
How long will it take to complete the MSAT?
Erskine offers multiple paths to an MSAT degree. If you hold a bachelor’s degree, you can complete the MSAT in two years. If you do not, you can earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in six years—or take Erskine’s 3+2 fast track, which allows you to earn both degrees in five years. In the fast track, you will complete your undergraduate studies during your first three years and enter the master’s program at the start of your fourth year. Erskine’s fast track also saves you money, up to $47,500.
What are the degree requirements?
To graduate from the MSAT program, you will complete 65 credit hours, usually over the course of two years. You will complete clinical hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer, along with two intensive clinical rotations.
What clinical opportunities are available?
The two-year master’s program is divided into eight blocks, each consisting of nine-week courses. For each block, you will be assigned a new clinical setting and preceptor, allowing you to gain experience in a wide variety of work environments, including collegiate, high school, and physician’s office settings. In your clinicals, you will apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world situations.
You will also complete two off-site intensive clinical rotations. These rotations will give you the opportunity to choose a clinical site that aligns with your career goals. While working on your clinical rotations, you will continue your academic pursuits through online courses.
How is the program structured?
Erskine’s nine-week block schedule has several benefits:
- You will not have a full-length summer term
- You will be in session for 72 weeks, which allows for more clinical practice time during the fall and spring semesters
- You will benefit from more focused study in each course
With two blocks per semester, the course schedule will be structured as follows:
- Term 1: Aug. – Oct.
- Term 2: Oct. – Dec.
- Term 3: Jan. – Mar.
- Term 4: Mar. – Jun.
MSAT course schedule
|1A||Lower Extremity Orthopedics||3|
|Foundations of Modalities||3|
|1B||Upper Extremity Orthopedics||3|
|Lower Extremity Rehabilitation||3|
|Health Screening and Long-Term Health Care||3|
|1C||Head, Neck, and Spine Conditions||3|
|General Medical Conditions I||3|
|Upper Extremity Rehabilitation||3|
|1D||Pharmacology in Athletic Training||3|
|General Medical Conditions II||3|
|Psychosocial Conditions and Interventions||3|
|Administration in Athletic Training||3|
|Intensive Clinical Experience I||4|
|Foundations of Healthcare Research|
|Healthcare Policy and Implementation|
|2D||Transition to Practice in Athletic Training|
|Intensive Clinical Experience II|
How do I qualify for the program?
To apply for the master’s program, you must take the GRE and hold a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must also complete an application packet and meet the following prerequisites:
- 50 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer or physician
- Completion of the following classes within the last seven years, earning a B- or higher:
- Biology with lab
- Chemistry with lab
- Physics with lab
- General or Health-Related Psychology
- Anatomy with lab
- Physiology with lab
- Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics or related course with lab
- Public Health or related course
- Current certification in either American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
- Two letters of recommendation that address your ability to succeed in graduate school, one of which must be from a BOC certified athletic trainer or physician who has directly supervised you
- An interview, on-campus or via Skype, as required at the discretion of the MSAT admissions committee
What scholarships are offered?
Awards of up to $2,000 will be granted to as many as five students. To apply for an award, you must hold a 3.5 GPA, submit letters of recommendation indicating strong clinical practice work ethic, and complete an additional scholarship process.
Erskine’s welcoming community and strong academics will give you the preparation and support you need to succeed. Through our partnerships, you will gain practical experience in athletic training in a variety of settings. Our course schedule gives you the opportunity for focused study, hands-on training, and summer flexibility. At Erskine, you have the advantage: dedicated mentors, hands-on clinical training, and rigorous academics.
Fall Block 1A (First-year students)
MSAT 501 Lower Extremity Orthopedics – 3hrs
Students will learn evaluation methods including structure palpation, strength assessment, and special tests for various injuries of the lower extremity. The course will be taught using both a lecture component as well as hands-on laboratory time.
MSAT 502 Emergent Care – 3hrs
Students will learn skills, techniques, and rapid assessment strategies that are required for emergent situations. These situations include spine boarding, wound care, and emergency first aid. Class participation will include mastery of skills through group practice and peer feedback.
MSAT 503 Foundations of Modalities – 3hrs
In this course, students will learn principles associated with various therapeutic modalities athletic trainers use in the treatment and rehabilitation of pre-op patients, post-op patients, and patients with nonsurgical conditions that align with a proper plan of care. Class discussions will focus on clinical decision-making and application of interventions, emphasizing evidence-based practice.
Fall Block 1B (First-year students)
MSAT 504 Upper Extremity Orthopedics – 3hrs
This course will focus on teaching the students on how to correctly diagnose, administer tests, and create a patient-centered plan of care for individuals suffering from various upper extremity orthopedic conditions. Throughout this block, students will analyze patient outcomes literature, engage in round-table discussions, and work with simulated patients.
MSAT 505 Lower Extremity Rehabilitation – 3hrs
Taking the foundational knowledge gained from MSAT 501, students will learn and practice goal setting, exercise progression, plan structure and rehabilitation for the hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Course structure will include both lecture and laboratory components with peer practice and simulation exercises.
MSAT 506 Health Screening and Long-Term Health Care – 3hrs
Throughout this course, students will learn how to properly administer pre-participatory exams as well as how to conduct general health screenings. Additionally, students will learn how to develop plans to educate patients to help reduce the risks for long-term health conditions across the lifespan.
Spring Block 1C (First-year students)
MSAT 507 Head, Neck, and Spine Conditions – 3hrs
This course will provide students with a further understanding of the functional anatomy of the head, neck, and spine. Students will also learn how to perform in-depth assessments, diagnose, and treat various pathologies that affect these areas.
MSAT 508 General Medical Conditions I – 3hrs
In this course, students will examine the major systems of the body and how each one can affect an individual’s overall health. Students will learn about these systems through lectures, laboratory classes, as well as simulated patient experiences.
MSAT 509 Upper Extremity Rehabilitation – 3hrs
This course will focus on the rehabilitation of the upper extremities. To do this, students will create patient-centered care plans that address all aspects of the rehabilitation continuum, from initial injury all the way to return to function protocols.
Spring Block 1D (First-year students)
MSAT 510 Pharmacology in Athletic Training – 3hrs
Athletic trainers routinely work with patients who are prescribed various medications making it necessary for them to learn about the interactions that these medications can have on the body. This course will go over the fundamentals of pharmacology and how it can influence the rehabilitation continuum.
MSAT 511 General Medical Conditions II – 3hrs
Throughout this class, students will learn how to examine patients and identify various medical conditions. These conditions will include those that affect the ears, nose, and throat, the mouth, the eyes, the skin, the GI tract, and the reproductive/genitourinary systems. Students will learn to diagnose and treat these conditions through lectures, laboratory classes, as well as simulated patient experiences.
MSAT 512 Psychosocial Conditions and Interventions – 3hrs
This course is designed to teach students about aspects of psychological conditions affecting various populations as well as interventions and referral strategies for managing such conditions. Conditions most commonly seen by athletic trainers include grief from loss, eating disorders, depression and anxiety, and others. Learning concepts will be presented through lecture and simulation experiences.
Total First Year Credit Hours: 36
Fall Block 2A (Second-year students)
MSAT 513 Sports Performance – 3hrs
This course will teach students how to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that maximize sports performance and reduce the risk of injury during participation. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate and make recommendations to patients about secondary factors that may affect performance such as weather and protective equipment.
MSAT 514 Administration in Athletic Training – 3hrs
Having gained foundational knowledge of patient evaluation and treatment, students will be taught about the other aspects of athletic training. These include documentation practices, interactions with insurance providers, as well as how to create and operate a functional athletic training facility.
MSAT 515 Intensive Clinical Experience I – 4hrs
The Intensive Clinical Experience is designed to immerse the student into the practice of Athletic Training. Before starting this course, students will select a clinical site from our preceptor network in which they wish to learn. They will then spend the entire block learning and working at that clinical site. Students are encouraged to select sites that match their career goals.
Fall Block 2B (Second-year students)
MSAT 516 Patient-Centered Care – 3hrs
After learning about the fundamentals of patient care in other courses, students will be taught how to look at the patient from a holistic perspective to learn how a person individuality may influence the healing and rehabilitation process. This course will also help refine student’s patient interactions through patient simulations, video recordings, and group feedback.
MSAT 517 Foundations of Healthcare Research – 3hrs
This course will look to familiarize the students with athletic training healthcare research. Students will examine various types of research designs and what impact each of those designs has on evidence-based practice. By the end of the course, students will choose a research paradigm that they wish to explore in MSAT 518.
Fall Block 2C (Second-year students)
MSAT 518 Clinical Research – 3hrs
After selecting a research paradigm in MSAT 517, students will create a research project within that framework. The research should focus on bridging the gap between literature review and clinical practice. At the end of this course, students will present their research projects to their peers and members of the faculty.
MSAT 519 Healthcare Policy and Implementation – 3hrs
This course will examine the complex nature of healthcare systems, teach students to understand how healthcare policies are created, and what effect those policies may have on different populations. To do this, students will work within scenarios that require examination of current policies as well as create their own theoretical healthcare initiatives.
Fall Block 2D (Second-year students)
MSAT 520 Transition to Practice in Athletic Training – 3hrs
This online course will help students prepare for their careers in Athletic Training. Course topics will include how to integrate into the profession, what to expect in a first-year job setting, how to become a lifelong learner, and how to become an advocate for the profession.
MSAT 521 Intensive Clinical Experience II – 4hrs
The Intensive Clinical Experience is designed to immerse the student into the practice of Athletic Training. Before starting this course, students will select a clinical site from our preceptor network that they wish to learn in. They will then spend the entire block learning and working at that site. Students are encouraged to select sites that match their career goals.
Total Second Year Credit Hours: 28
Total Program Credit Hours: 65