Spalding University now offers a master’s degree in athletic training. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) at Spalding is an entry-level, professional program that offers admission at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.
Because no prior experience is necessary, the MSAT program provides a gateway for students and professionals outside of the field to become athletic trainers. Program director John Nyland expects the MSAT program at Spalding to benefit Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the city by 2020.
“This program is attractive because it is open to prospective students at varying stages in their education and to professionals working in an array of fields,” says Nyland. “Spalding is the ideal place for this program because of our close proximity to many healthcare and athletic facilities, where students can gain the hands-on experience necessary to excel in the field.”
According to Nyland, the clinical education component of the MSAT program focuses on patient care across the age continuum. Students in the program are prepared to practice in a diverse range of settings, including hospitals, clinics, athletic programs, physician offices and manufacturing and industrial workplaces.
In addition to classroom, laboratory and mentored clinical learning experiences, students in the MSAT program will have opportunities to collaborate with other on-campus programs related to the field. “The occupational therapy and nursing programs in the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences and the Division III athletic program at Spalding provide interdisciplinary support and learning opportunities on campus,” says Nyland.
After completing three years of coursework toward a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science, Spalding University students can opt to enter the Master of Science in Athletic Training program completing the dual-degree program in just five years. After completing pre-requisite coursework, students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in any field can also enter the program receiving a master’s degree after two years.
Qualified candidates are currently being accepted first come, first served to the program, which begins August 2014. The application deadline is rolling, and interested students are encouraged to contact John Nyland by email or by phone 502-873-4224.
To register online for an information session about the MSAT program, click here.