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About the MSAT Program

Spalding University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a professional program, which provides a gateway for students and professionals outside of the field to become athletic trainers. Because no prior experience is necessary, Spalding’s MSAT program is accessible and offers entry points at the bachelor’s and the master’s level. The program prepares students to serve in a variety of health, educational and community settings and emphasizes reflective learning by having students actively participate in practice opportunities. MSAT faculty members work collaboratively with each student to enhance learning and success in the profession.

Mission Statement

In the pioneering spirit of Lewis and Clark, the Mission of Spalding University’s Master of Science Degree Program in Athletic Training is to develop professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of the times through compassionate service, application of evidence-based care, and exploratory problem-solving placing high value on lifelong learning, effective communication, relationship building and teamwork.

Practice Opportunities

MSAT classroom learning is enhanced by 5 clinical education rotations. Students have the advantage of practicing in a variety of settings with clients across the age continuum. 

Career Opportunities

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who work in professional and collegiate sports, secondary and intermediate schools, sports medicine clinics, hospital emergency rooms and rehabilitation clinics, occupational settings, fitness centers, and physician offices.  Athletic trainer services include injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

To learn more about the athletic training as a career, please visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association(NATA).


Spalding University’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Ky., and is nestled between the primary business and entertainment districts of the city and the charming Victorian neighborhood of Old Louisville. Access to practice opportunities is easy with many community partners, including a large multi-system medical complex, located just blocks away from campus.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of loans and graduate assistantships are available. If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Roy Nichols Athletic Training Scholarship

The Roy Nichols Athletic Training Scholarship was established in memory of Roy Nichols a Navy Veteran and Shriner who devoted a large portion of his retirement years to helping others. This scholarship was developed to assist Master of Science Degree Athletic Training students achieve academic success and for faculty to obtain assistance with small teaching, research, and service projects.

Student scholarships will be granted based on a combination of need and past history of service to underprivileged or socioeconomically challenged groups.

Scholarship requests should be mailed to the Roy Nichols Athletic Training Scholarship c/o Dr. John Nyland, MSAT Program, Spalding University, 901 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203-2188