The MSAT program is for students interested in becoming athletic trainers. It is a professional master's degree that provides entry to the athletic training profession upon successfully challenging the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. As such, the core courses will address the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are health care providers who work collaboratively with other health care providers in schools, universities, clinics, physician offices, with law enforcement, the military, etc. to prevent, evaluate, and manage injuries/illnesses in the physically active population.
This 65-credit program requires full-time attendance for 24 months and combines classroom and laboratory learning with clinical rotations in which students provide care to patients under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Preceptors are athletic trainers and physicians who guide the students through the hands-on application of the knowledge they are gaining in their coursework. Students complete clinical rotations across a variety of affiliate sites in multiple settings, such as universities/colleges, high schools, clinics/hospitals, and physician practices.
Program Specific Costs
Required Expenses (before first clinical and maintained throughout the program):
1. Physical Examination and immunizations, including yearly flu shot
2. Professional Liability Insurance ($40/year)
3. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen ($66/year)
4. Transportation to off-campus rotation sites (TBD but all sites are currently within a 30 minute radius of campus)
5. Uniform items (MSAT polo shirts, khaki or black pants and shorts; appropriate dress clothes for indoor sports events)
6. Cost associated with taking the Board of Certification Exam (in spring of 2nd year)
Recommended for Professional Development
1. NATA Membership ($58/year for new members and $78/year for returning members)
2. UNC Pembroke Athletic Training Student Association dues ($10/semester)
3. Cost associated with attending NCATA, MAATA, and NATA Symposiums (TBD)
1. Additional AT polo or other AT items (price TBD)
Retention and Graduation Requirements
The academic progress of each MSAT student is monitored by the Program Director as well as by the Dean of the Graduate School. An accumulation of nine (9) semester hours of "C" quality work , or a single grade of "F," makes a graduate student ineligible to continue graduate studies or to receive a graduate degree at UNC Pembroke, and the student will be dismissed.
A minimum GPA of a 3.0 and successful completion of all MSAT courses is required in order to receive the master's degree. Students also must score a 3 on the required AT Milestones and 70% or higher on each of the domains on the comprehensive preparatory examinations. Students will have three attempts to earn the required score on the comprehensive preparatory examinations.
The MSAT faculty encourage students to apply for scholarships to assist with paying for school or other expenses.
Jack Cramer Scholarship due December 31
North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association due February 1
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association due March 1
The Graduate School Tuition Scholarship due March 29