The Master of Science in Athletic Training is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of settings, including high school athletics, college/university athletics, professional sport teams, industry or medical clinics.

We are pleased to announce the start of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program beginning in Summer 2021. UWF's new graduate program, offered through face-to-face courses by the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health's Department of Movement Sciences and Health, is designed to follow the standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and will meet local, state and national requirements for licensed, certified athletic trainers.

Athletic Training student evaluating patient

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program offers quality classroom, clinical, hybrid, and online instruction designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers who specialize in injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for physically active people.  This approach provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform as a competent healthcare provider upon graduation and successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Students will gain hands-on skills during clinical education experiences at settings such as Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, doctor's offices, and outreach settings including high schools in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Additionally, students are able to gain experience with athletics at UWF, Pensacola State College, University of South Alabama, University of Tennessee, as well as emerging settings like NASA and Disney.

Speaking about her experience at UWF, 2019 alumni Marisha said, “I was trusted with an amount of autonomy that allowed me to function with independence, but with a guarantee that I had the full support of my mentors. Without this program and the guidance of my professors, I would have never found my untapped leadership potential. I honestly believe that being a part of the University of West Florida’s Athletic Training Program was one of the most rewarding learning experiences of my life.”

MSAT Admissions Requirements

1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university (approved degree for international students)

2. Application and admission to UWF

3. A minimum of 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a grade of C or better on all prerequisite courses. The following prerequisite coursework ("C" grade or higher) is required for admission:

  • Anatomy/Physiology with lab - 2 courses
  • Biology with Lab - 1 course
  • Physics - 1 course
  • Biomechanics - 1 course
  • Chemistry - 1 course
  • Exercise Physiology - 1 course
  • Nutrition - 1 course
  • Psychology - 1 course
  • Statistics - 1 course

The following prerequisite coursework is preferred by the department:

  • Principles of Athletic Training or equivalent
  • Functional Kinesiology

4. Official transcripts from all institutions attended that include prerequisite courses

5. 50 hours of observation under a licensed and certified athletic trainer MSAT Observation form

6. Two (2) letters of recommendation - one letter should be from a practicing athletic trainer

7. A resume/curriculum vitae

8. Letter of intent (per department website - )

Curriculum Map
Career Opportunities:

Job Settings

  • College/University
  • Higher Education
  • Professional Sports
  • Secondary School

Emerging Settings

  • Healthcare Admin/Rehab
  • Military
  • Occupational Health
  • Performing Arts
  • Physician Practice
  • Public Safety