Athletic Training M.S.
Expected start May 2020 | Credits 57 | Cost/credit $700 | Program length 2 Years (6 semesters) | Format In-person
Prepare for a career in athletic training. As an athletic trainer (AT), you may be one of the first on the scene, quickly assessing an injury. You have the opportunity to serve all types of patients, not only athletes participating in sports, by providing preventative, therapeutic or rehabilitation care of injuries. Through Northwestern's program, you will be equipped as a multi-skilled health care professional who provides quality, ethical care to patients in a variety of settings from university athletics and professional sports to hospitals and corporations.
Northwestern College’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a faith-based, 6-semester graduate program that trains students seeking certification and licensure as an athletic trainer (AT). Students will complete 57 graduate credits over 6 consecutive academic terms, including the first 4 terms of face-to-face training and clinical experiences at Northwestern College and in the surrounding community. The final 2 terms consist of practical clinical experiences and online coursework which enables students to complete their clinical rotations in diverse settings around the country.
Following the completion of the program, Northwestern graduates will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become certified athletic trainers.
Applications are open. See how to apply and prerequisites.
All application materials are due April 1, 2020.
The first cohort of students will begin classes on June 1, 2020, with orientation May 28-29, 2020.
AT program goals
- Exceptional training. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a competent athletic trainer.
- Faith integration. Students will articulate the influence of their Christian faith on their practice as an athletic trainer.
- Ethical practice. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in their research, clinical experiences, and collaboration with colleagues.
- Collaborative environment. Students will communicate effectively and respectfully with others regardless of their culture, social status, or beliefs.
- Professional preparation. Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in athletic training.
Hands on experience
Northwestern's program is uniquely focused on training through real practice. Throughout the 2-year MSAT program, you will gain hands-on clinical experience with diverse patient populations and settings. Simulation and case studies are incorporated throughout the curriculum to develop clinical decision making and problem-solving skills that you will use on the job. The program intentionally allows you to discuss and develop your personal faith as you explore the ways your faith integrates with your role as an athletic trainer.
Hands-on experience may include:
- NWC Red Raider athletics
- High school athletics
- Physical therapy clinic
- Family practice medical clinic
- Orthopedic clinic
- Student-initiated options also available
To prepare you for diverse career opportunities, you will learn through a variety of athletic training clinical experiences and supplemental clinical experiences. Students participating in athletic training clinical experiences will be assigned to a preceptor who is a certified athletic trainer or physician. Students assigned to supplemental clinical experiences will be supervised by health care providers other than athletic trainers or physicians. In the final year of the program, students will participate in an immersive clinical experience to practice the totality of care including direct care and administrative responsibilities of athletic trainers in that setting.
*Students will be responsible for all travel arrangements and expenses to and from all clinical sites.
Tuition & financial aid
Cost per credit: $700
Total required credits: 57
Northwestern's Financial Aid Office can provide more information about aid for the AT program.
Policies and Procedures for refunding tuition and fees can also be found in the Northwestern Graduate Catalog (page 16).
Guaranteed application process for Northwestern College graduates
Admission to the NWC MSAT program is competitive, and the Northwestern College MSAT program plans to accept approximately 15 students per year. Any Northwestern College graduate who completes all application materials and meets all admissions criteria will be granted a guaranteed spot in the Northwestern College’s MSAT Program.
Northwestern graduates who have taken the Board of Certification examination for athletic trainers have proven the excellence of our program. In the last two years, our BOC exam pass rate has been 100%.
Northwestern College has applied for Accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE) for the Master of Science Athletic Training program. The undergraduate program is currently accreditated by CAATE*.