Master of Science in Athletic Training


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.

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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.


In our Master of Science in Athletic Training program you will

  • enhance your classroom learning and critical thinking skills through 5 clinical education rotations
  • communicate effectively with clients across the age continuum in a variety of settings
  • engage in evidence-based clinical practice that is patient centered and team oriented
  • gain access to practice opportunities with our many community partners, including a large multi-system medical complex, located just blocks away from campus


Spalding’s MSAT is the first master’s level professional athletic training program in the state of Kentucky. Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024. The average salary for an athletic trainer is $50,000+ and varies based on practice setting and location.

Career Options

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. With our master’s degree in athletic training, you will be prepared to practice in a myriad of settings:

  • professional and collegiate sports
  • secondary and intermediate schools
  • sports medicine clinics
  • hospital emergency rooms
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • occupational and industrial settings
  • fitness centers
  • physician offices

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

  • injury/illness prevention
  • wellness protection
  • clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • immediate and emergency care
  • treatment and rehabilitation
  • organizational and professional health and well-being


Spalding University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 1, 2019, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. CAATE Program Information and Outcomes for the Spalding University MSAT Program can be found here:

Download our MSAT student handbook (PDF).