Master's in Athletic Training

Program Overview


New Athletic Training master's program to begin Summer 2021! Athletic Training at the University of Michigan will mean unparalleled access to the nation’s top researchers, medical practitioners, and clinical settings. At graduation, our students will be proficient in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Our curriculum will combine classroom instruction with hands-on clinical experiences and valuable mentorships. Through these experiences, the Athletic Training program will prepare students for a career as an athletic trainer in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings, and other healthcare environments. 

Students who complete this program will receive a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree and meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification Examination. Certification is required to practice athletic training in most states.

We are now accepting applications for the AT Master's program beginning Summer 2021 -- learn more on our AT Admissions page.


The University of Michigan Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in the level of degree and is pending approval.

Winter 2020 marks the last cohort eligible for admission into the undergraduate program. The graduate program will begin accepting applications during the 2020-2021 academic year, with the first graduate cohort starting the program during the summer of 2021.

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TO GET A MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AT MICHIGAN
Amazing resources and state-of-the-art training rooms & facilities
Small class sizes
Work with elite athletes
Outstanding preparation for the BOC exam
Excellent mentoring from faculty and athletic medicine staff
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Mission and Educational Objectives

Mission


The mission of the University of Michigan Athletic Training Program is to develop allied health professionals who will be contributing members to the field of athletic training.

Educational Objectives

  • Promote professional conduct in compliance with the code of ethics set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).
  • Effectively deliver the curricular content set forth by CAATE in the specific areas of: patient/client care; prevention, health promotion, and wellness; and health care administration.
  • Ensure that each student has the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings in order to gain a greater familiarity with traditional and non-traditional venues in which athletic training services are administered.
  • Offer athletic training students challenging situations to apply classroom theory to clinical practice in a supervised setting.
  • Expose the athletic training student to a variety of medical and allied health care professionals.

Athletic Training Graduate Faculty

Our Athletic Training graduate faculty are leaders in their fields, and have a variety of interests and specialties. Here's a list:

  • Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC: Sports medicine: mild traumatic brain injury prevention, biomechanics, assessment, and treatment, postural control.
  • Brian ​Czajka, DHSc, ATC: Health care outcomes and best practices.
  • Adam Lepley, PhD, ATC: Neural excitability, neuromuscular control, anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction, biomechanics, muscle inhibition
  • Lindsey Lepley, PhD, ATC: Therapeutic approaches to combat the negative neuromuscular effects that follow traumatic joint injury; effects of ACL injury on neuromuscular function in a rodent model; ability of exercise to promote muscle and joint health.
  • Riann Palmieri-Smith, PhD, ATC: Neuromuscular consequences of joint injury relating to arthrogenic muscle inhibition; mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

AT Program Outcomes

NOTE: The data below are results from our undergraduate Athletic Training program; the final undergraduate cohort will graduate in 2023. We will welcome the first Athletic Training Master's cohort in Summer 2021; they will graduate during the 2022-2023 school year.

 

AT Program Retention Rate

  2016-17 2017-18 2018-19

3-Year aggregate

Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 16 10 14 40
Number of students returning for Year 2 13 10 10 33
Program retention rate (%) Year 2 81 100 71 84
Number of students returning for Year 3 12 10 10 32
Program retention rate (%) Year 3 92 100 100 97

 

 

AT Student Graduation Rate

  2016-17 2017-18 2018-19

3-Year
aggregate

Number of students graduating 12 10 10 32
Student graduation rate (%)* 75 100 100 91

*Includes students who voluntarily withdrew or were dismissed from the program.

 

 

AT Student Placement Rate (within 6 mo. of graduation)

  2016-17 2017-18 2017-18

3-Year
aggregate

Number of Students employed as AT 9 5 6 20
Student employment rate as AT (%) 75 50 60 62
Number of students employed as other 1 1 0 2
Student employment rate as other (%) 8 10 0 6
Number of students not employed 2 4 3 9
Students not employed (%)* 17 40 30 28

*Includes students not employed due to enrollment in another degree program.

 

 

AT Student BOC Pass Rate

  2016-17 2017-18 2018-19

3-Year
aggregate

Number of students graduating 12 10 10 32
Number of graduates who took exam 12 10 9 31
Number passing exam on first attempt 12 9 8 29
Percent passing exam on first attempt 100 90 89 94
Number passing exam regardless of number of attempts 12 10 8 30
Percent passing exam regardless of number of attempts 100 100 89 97

AT Alumni Spotlight

Stacey Maxwell (AT 2003)
Certified Athletic Trainer & Marketing Rep, Maryland SportsCare & Rehab
 

After graduating in 2003 from the Athletic Training program, I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I earned a Master of Science degree and had a graduate assistantship.

My education with U-M has allowed me to have experiences as an athletic trainer at the Division III college level, currently with an outreach program in a physical therapy clinic and high school, and has led me to begin another health degree as a physical therapist Assistant. Not only did my education at U-M prepare me for my athletic training career, but it has also brought me additional roles as a health and wellness coordinator and marketing representative.

All of my success I credit to my education U-M. The program taught me about leadership, confidence, and helped me create a strong foundation for being a competent clinician. The experiences were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I would not be as successful now without them; I often tell those who ask that nothing will ever compare to my class and clinical time in Ann Arbor. The hands-on teaching approach is one in a million and the networking for my career has been immeasurable. I'm proud to be a graduate of the University of Michigan where I truthfully can call myself one of "the leaders and best".


Christina Saindon​ (AT 2008)
PE Teacher & Assistant Athletic Trainer, Centreville High School
 

Athletic training is a great field because you get a lot of hands-on experience before getting your first job. During the three years of my clinical experiences as an Athletic Training student, my communication, problem solving, and practical skills increased drastically. When faced with a problem today, I often rely on what I learned from my clinical instructors in order to best handle the situation.

Honestly, I think the best thing that I could have done was to also get a degree in Physical Education. It automatically put me at the top of the list every time I went in for an interview. It also makes me more familiar and connected with the students. I highly suggest it to anyone in the field.

Being a part of the Organization for Athletic Training Students (OATS) was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to make really great friendships. Additionally, through OATS I was able to attend Athletic Training conferences where I learned how to handle myself in the professional environment and prepared me for the future.


Edgar Tabila (​AT 2005)
Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of San Francisco
 

The Athletic Training major prepared me in becoming a health care professional. The hours I spent learning from the faculty and staff at U-M provided the foundation of my current philosophies and skills. I gained valuable experience working in a clinical setting at U-M as a result of the curriculum structure, which prepared me for the day to day stress I encounter in the professional work setting. The clinical instructors at U-M have a diverse background and experience, helping me broaden my scope of practice and open my mind to advance techniques I still use today. GO BLUE!

AT Forms & Bulletins

Graduate Program Materials

 

MS AT Handbook & Physical Form

AT Master's 2-Year Sample Curriculum

School Bulletin

Bulletins contain important information about graduate study in the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. They provide key information about academic program requirements, rules, and regulations of our School. Please also consult U-M’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies website at www.rackham.umich.edu for more expansive and detailed information.

View all AT documents on the Policies and Procedures page.


Links to undergraduate program materials are now under "Information for Undergraduate AT Students" below. You can also find them listed on the Policies and Procedures page.

Information for Undergraduate AT Students

The University of Michigan is no longer offering an undergraduate program in Athletic Training to incoming undergraduate students. The 2019-2020 academic year was the last opportunity to pursue Athletic Training at the undergraduate level. 

All students currently enrolled in the  undergraduate program will be fully supported, allowed to complete the program, and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination.

Undergraduate students who are interested in Athletic Training at the University of Michigan should consider majoring in Applied Exercise Science or Movement Science, which are excellent preparation for a Master of Science Athletic Training program.


FAQs

  • I am a current Athletic Training undergraduate student. Do I still have a program?
    Yes. The Athletic Training undergraduate program will continue for current students enrolled in the program.
  • Is the Athletic Training undergraduate program still taking applications?

No. Students who were admitted into the program in Fall 2019 are the last Athletic Training undergraduate class.

  • When will the Athletic Training master’s program begin taking applications?
    Late 2020.

Undergraduate Program Materials


School Bulletin

AT Handbook

Record Sheets

Sample 4-Year Curriculum

View all AT documents on the Policies and Procedures page.