A rewarding career awaits you.
Start with our Masters
in Athletic Training.
We lead in everything we do.
WHY ATHLETIC TRAINING?
More patient interaction.
More variety. More freedom.
Athletic trainers work in diverse settings and often see patients daily or several times a day—which stands in stark contrast to the mere minutes allotted to other medical providers. As an athletic trainer, you can cultivate relationships and make a real impact on people’s lives. Our U of I graduates work with sports teams, athletes, performing artists, military personnel, and industrial workers. If you want a fulfilling career where you’re in the thick of the action, our Athletic Training masters degree prepares you to hit the ground running.
Pick the Athletic Training masters program that leads the pack.
Find your stride.
We’re here to make you a successful practitioner.
We’ve created an accelerated masters in Athletic Training program that imparts years of training, discovery and clinical experience. We give you everything you need to know to be a highly-effective, capable, certified practitioner right out of the gate. No other university Athletic Training masters program matches our academic rigor, clinical focus, and emphasis on personal development.
Get ahead faster.
Our MSAT grads enjoy higher salaries and lower student debt.
While physical therapists continue to see their salaries sag, and doctors are burdened with crushing student debt (over $200k on average!), athletic trainers are getting ahead. If you have an athletic training masters degree, you have a bright future with strong upward-trending earning potential and lower student debt.
You’ll take on even less debt at U of I. We’re the only Masters in Athletic Training program in the U.S. that’s self-funded, so our tuition costs are among the lowest in the nation and our program quality is higher. Our MSAT students rack up professional certifications and attend career-boosting trainings at no extra cost.
After completing our accredited MSAT program, it’s not uncommon for our graduates to step right into advanced positions with higher pay. Just one more way our MSAT program gets you ahead of the pack.
Our innovative program lets you pursue a masters in Athletic Training wherever you want.
Highly flexible by design, our MSAT program provides a challenging education while giving you the opportunity to access experts anywhere in the nation. We’re one of the only universities to offer an accredited Athletic Training masters program that lets you stay rooted in your community with options to explore the country. Choose from hundreds of career-boosting clinical immersion opportunities with partner institutions and clinics across the U.S.
Our students succeed. On average, 97% of our MSAT graduates pass the board OF CERTIFICATION exam.
—based on data from 2015-2020
The MSAT is an accredited 24-month, 85 credit program. Each summer, students come to our U of I campus for 13-15 units of intensive, hands-on education and utilize our applied learning spaces. Fall and spring semesters utilize a hybrid education model.
All students are required to complete a minimum cumulative total of 900 clinical education hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer during the two-year program.
In addition to on-campus clinical work, students dive into a variety of clinical experiences thanks to hundreds of affiliates around the country. We can help create clinical experiences in line with your unique career aspirations.
We lead the nation in Athletic Training programs.
“With an MSAT from U of I, you can skip the learning curve and the “paying your dues” phase and step right into your dream job.”