Have questions?



Nope! Our athletic training programs offer a flat-rate tuition for all of our students.

Your athletic training certificate programs tuition covers the payment for all course fees, registration, continuing education courses, and books (if you opt-in).

MSAT program students are expected to cover the cost of certain programmatic requirements like background checks and professional memberships. These costs typically vary and can be found in our program handbook. In addition to these, students are responsible to cover their room, board, and transportation (to and from Moscow and clinical sites). Our students often take part in many cost-saving measures that can alleviate some of the financial burdens that are often taken on by traditional graduate students.

Yes! Our students are eligible for numerous athletic training scholarships through their professional memberships, local scholarship organizations, as well as some scholarships that are awarded through the University of Idaho.

Application Process

You can locate the University of Idaho on the Athletic Training Central Application System (ATCAS). Complete the prompts, fill out your masters in athletic training prerequisites information, and attach any other required documents.

Masters in athletic training prerequisites include the following coursework:

  • Human Anatomy (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • Biology (1 credit minimum)
  • Chemistry (1 credit)
  • Physics (1 credit)
  • Current First Aid and CPR (AHA or ARC)

These requirements can be fulfilled through standalone courses or through elements of a course. For example, a requirement for physics coursework can be fulfilled by a student who has participated in a biomechanics course in which physics was included. A review of class syllabi may be requested.

Interested students can apply online through the University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies.   http://futurevandals.uidaho.edu/apply?sr=62664211-ed02-49ae-a8d6-c63e1260617f

We like to keep things as simple as possible.! Submit your information on ATCAS and we’ll be in touch! After you have completed the athletic training application and submitted all of the materials, we’ll review it on our end and then schedule you for a phone interview with our admissions committee. After that meeting, the committee will meet and make a recommendation to the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) regarding your admission status.

Don’t stress! We recognize that life happens sometimes and that there are often valid reasons as to why students may not meet an admissions requirement. If you feel this is the case, contact us and we can have a conversation about how we can support you and work through the athletic training grad school requirements of the admissions process.

No! You may have a Bachelor’s degree in any major, as long as you meet specific prerequisite coursework (see question below for more information).

Completion of the athletic training application process varies from student to student, and that’s okay! We recommend starting and completing your application as soon as you can. The interview generally takes about 30 minutes.


Our program is approximately two years or six semesters long.

The program is a hybrid, cohort style degree that follows a Summer-Fall-Spring plan. Each academic year “starts” in the summer with a graduation ceremony in the spring of your second year in the program.

Hybrid: Classes are completed online and in-person. All summer courses are in-person and the fall/spring courses are delivered online with the exception of your finals weeks (which are in-person here in Moscow).

Cohort: When you are admitted, you join a group of other students and work through the program together. This allows you to connect with your peers and create a family-like environment to learn in!


We’ve built an unique Athletic Training Certificate program, and we’re excited to share it with you. With four dedicated program faculty and many affiliated faculty, we have an extremely low student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1. We work with nearly 200 clinic sites nationwide and are always adding more. That means you can spend one semester living and studying in Nashville, the next in Seattle! We also feature a low, flat-rate tuition for all students which encompasses all tuition costs, textbooks and manual therapy courses. We also include over 175 hours of additional manual therapy coursework at no extra charge. We also are very proud of our nearly 95% BOC Exam pass-rate, exceeding the national average.

Our DAT curriculum model allows you to study from anywhere. This enables you to elevate your clinical practice, technique and understanding while continuing to work. Take courses online during the Fall and Spring, and join us for a month in summer for in-person classes. In addition, our low, flat-rate tuition includes all coursework, textbooks and over 175 hours of additional manual therapy course work.

Professional athletic training programs (which prepare students to sit for the BOC exam and enter the profession of Athletic Training) are not available exclusively online at any institution, as accreditation requires students to receive hands-on in-person instruction on some topics. At the University of Idaho our degrees are hybrid. Students spend part of the summer doing hands-on learning in Moscow, Idaho, and spend Fall and Spring semesters receiving online instruction while working at clinical locations.

Our MSAT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education. After completing the degree and passing the BOC exam, students are certified athletic trainers.

Our curriculum is a 24-month cohort program, beginning in June of each year.  It is designed to provide students with advanced physical examination, manual therapy, and rehabilitation skills.  Students work in an approved clinical setting during the fall and spring semesters while their coursework is delivered online.  Summers are spent in intensive hands-on coursework delivered on-site in Moscow, Idaho.  


The DAT coursework has four focus areas: 

  1. Current issues in clinical practice 
  2. Applied research in healthcare 
  3. Clinical practice 
  4. A holistic perspective of self-care/empowerment.  

Our students become leaders in the prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses, while building the professional and administrative skills necessary to be an integral member of the healthcare team/system.

After Graduation

MSAT students are eligible to sit for the BOC athletic trainer certification exam as early as the spring of their final year in their program after completing certain programmatic requirements.

The process of becoming a certified athletic trainer begins with a student graduating from a professional athletic training program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). After graduation, the student must take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Once the student has passed the examination, they must complete regular continuing education requirements to retain their certification.

A better question may be “where don’t UI MSAT students work after graduation?” After graduating the athletic trainer job market is wide open to you. Our students have gone on to athletic trainer job opportunities at all levels of collegiate sports, secondary schools, hospitals, clinics, performing arts, industrial settings, and everywhere in between. What’s your goal? We can help you get there!