Athletic Training, MSAT

Central to Exercising Your Passion.

Leverage Central's MS in Athletic Training (MSAT) to pursue an exciting career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). As students in an allied health professional program, you will use clinical experiences to improve the healthcare of individuals in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Traditional: Collegiate, high school, professional sports.
  • Emerging: Armed forces, occupational, performing arts, health care, physician practice, and public safety.

Recent graduates had a 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam. Additionally, Central Connecticut State University is one of only 153 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

CAATE Accredited Program

Central Connecticut State University’s Athletic Training Professional Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Program Features

  • Over 50 years of educating students to become Athletic Trainers    
  • High Fidelity Simulation Training sessions & Joint Training with local EMS
  • State-of-the-art Carl Krein Athletic Training Center
  • State-of-the-art Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology labs
  • Experiential learning with other medical professionals
  • Division 1 Intercollegiate sport health care experience
  • Dedicated off-campus preceptors in a variety of settings
  • Dedicated, nationally recognized instructors who mentor students for success

Program Options

Central’s Accelerated 3+2 BS in Exercise Science to MSAT in Athletic Training is a 157-credit, 5-year program.

Students with a BS in Exercise Science or related field apply directly to the MSAT for a 60-credit, 2-year program.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions
Peter Morano
Associate Professor, Chairperson, MSAT Program Director
Physical Education & Human Performance
Athletic Training | MSAT
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall

The athletic training program has given me the knowledge and tools to become a successful young professional. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and put it into action in the clinical setting.

Abbie F. ‘20

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the academic coursework and clinical field experiences the student will meet the following learning objectives through demonstration of knowledge, analyzing and decision making; practical application of learned skills; and essential communication skills that of an entry-level athletic trainer. 

  1. Knowledge (Cognitive) 

    Demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding necessary for the safe practice as a health care professional in the areas of prevention, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, immediate care, treatment and rehabilitation. 

    Demonstrate the ability to document findings of initial evaluations, management plans, and referrals. 

  2. Knowledge (Skills and Application) 

    Demonstrate the acquisition of the established necessary skills that are the basis for clinical proficiency. 

    Demonstrate the ability to investigate, integrate concepts and problem solve in order to communicate the assessment findings to the patient and other health care team members. 

    Demonstrate the ability to use comprehensive therapeutic judgment and the ability to identify modifying influences or deviations from the norm. 

  3. Practice Ethically, Professionally and Compassionately 

    Demonstrate the ability to provide health care services of an athletic trainer to a variety of patient populations without prejudice to age, activities, gender, and social or cultural difference. 

    Demonstrate the ability to function as a health care provider during challenging situations by remaining composed and professional, while affording quality compassionate care to the patient. 

    Practice confidentiality and abide by professional ethical standards of the profession. 

  4. Professional Development and Collaboration 

    Practice with the intent to advance personal professional knowledge and clinical skills by remaining current in the profession through participation in seminars and research, in order to best serve the patient population through the practice of evidence-based medicine. 

    Participate in advocating the athletic training profession through engagement with local community events by volunteering time and professional skills. 

    Practice with a commitment to share the knowledge and skills of the athletic trainer in support of joint collaboration efforts that lead to improving the quality of patient care.