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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Historical Overview of the Program

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program at Idaho State University was a work in progress that commenced almost eight years prior to being granted Idaho State Board of Education approval at its April 19, 2012 meeting. The search for a Program Director began immediately in anticipation for an initial cohort to begin in the summer of 2013.

The first cohort of MSAT students began in June, 2013. Application for initial accreditation was submitted on July 1, 2014. Initial accreditation was awarded in January, 2015 by the CAATE.

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About the Program

The ISU MSAT program prepares students to function as health care providers in injury prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation and is specifically designed to prepare students for a career in allied health care as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are currently employed in colleges and universities, public and private high schools, corporations, physical therapy clinics, professional organizations, the military, factories, and hospitals.

Seventy percent of all Certified Athletic Trainers hold at least a master’s degree. This is becoming the professional standard. The MS in Athletic Training program at Idaho State University is specifically designed for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in related allied health or exercise science area. The clinical Athletic Training program is open to all students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and who meet the Admission Criteria.

Students will complete a variety of clinical rotations with Division I-AA ISU athletic teams, high school athletics, sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, and physician’s offices. There will also be many opportunities to work with other health care professionals at marathons, triathlons, the Center for Sport Concussion, The Simplot Games, and youth football, just to name a few.

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) earned initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs (CAATE) in January 2015. The program's next comprehensive review is scheduled to occur during the 2019-2020 academic year.


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The Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training at Idaho State University has been designed to:

  • Develop competent athletic training students who qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
  • Teach ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills to students that will work with the physically active population.
  • Teach the basic knowledge required to be successful in the field of athletic training through didactic and clinical course work.
  • Produce clinicians who display sound decision-making and good judgments through critical thinking and analysis of salient facts.
  • Encourage students to assume a leadership role in their professional careers.


OUTCOME 1: To provide high quality educational experiences both clinically and didactically, preparing students for success on the Board of Certification’s (BOC) national certifying exam
Objectives for Outcome 1
1.1       Mastery of Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities found in the Educational Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies within the Athletic Training program curriculum
1.2       Understanding of the role of the BOC, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
1.3       Quality clinical experiences (both genders) through upper and lower extremity, general medical, non-athletic populations, and equipment intensive clinical settings
1.4       Learning opportunities that integrate the classroom, laboratory, and practicum experiences into the clinical setting
1.5       Innovative classroom, laboratory, and practicum experiences to improve learning through the use of various technology and instruction tools
1.6       Future AT program needs measured via assessments (e.g., alumni and employer surveys, Advisory Board meetings, student surveys)

OUTCOME 2: To prepare graduates that practice with cultural competence and professional integrity
Objectives for Outcome 2
2.1       Expectation of adherence to and review the NATA and Idaho State Board of Medicine Codes of Ethics
2.2       Expectation of adherence to and review the Idaho State University Athletic Training Student Handbook
2.3       Preparation of Athletic Training Students to work in diverse settings with diverse populations
2.4       Provide opportunities for the Athletic Training Student to communicate appropriately with regard to age, activity level, gender, race, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, and special needs background
2.4       Emphasize the importance and benefits associated with NATA membership and becoming an active member in the NATA and/or other allied health care associations
2.5       Encourage and facilitate efforts of the Athletic Training Students to attend national, regional, state, or local continuing education symposiums, workshops, or meetings
2.6       Promote and encourage teaching opportunities and service orientation for Athletic Training Students

OUTCOME 3: To promote the use of Evidence Based Practice for delivery of patient care
Objectives for Outcome 3
3.1       Promote and encourage the growth of research skills in Athletic Training Students for education preparation
3.2       Expose Athletic Training Students to current practices during classroom and clinical sessions
3.3       Emphasize the ongoing importance of reading, studying, and applying research in the athletic training field

OUTCOME 4: To prepare graduates for employment in both traditional as well as non-traditional work environments associated with athletic health care
Objectives for Outcome 4
4.1       Provide Athletic Training Students with diverse athletic training experiences
4.2       Provide Athletic Training Students with well-rounded allied health care learning experiences
4.3       Develop the Athletic Training Students’ awareness and knowledge of the Role Delineation Study

OUTCOME 5: To prepare Athletic Training Students to incorporate a positive working relationship with fellow students, athletic, and allied health community members
Objectives for Outcome 5
5.1       Provide Athletic Training Students with opportunities to communicate with athletic and medical personnel
5.2       Provide Athletic Training Students with opportunities to integrate learning and working experiences with fellow students
5.3       Provide Athletic Training Students with internship opportunities to develop professional rapport with athletic and allied health professionals



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