Athletic trainer

Athletic Training M.S.

Expected start May 2020 | Credits 56 | 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 and either providing immediate care or referring the athlete to a physician. ATs are multi-skilled health care professionals who provide care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings from university athletics and professional sports to hospitals and corporations.  

Professional program future

According to CAATE standards, beginning in 2020, all courses that fulfill athletic training clinical experience requirements and meet the course content standards will need to be delivered at the graduate level. Following completion of the program, Northwestern graduates will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become certified athletic trainers.

Applications open July 1, 2019.  See how to apply and admission requirements.

Source:  CAATE

Clinical experiences

Not all programs can provide as much training through real practice. Throughout the 2-year MSAT program, students will gain hands-on clinical experience with diverse patient populations and settings including:

  • NWC Red Raider athletics
  • High school athletics
  • Physical therapy clinic
  • Family practice medical clinic
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Student-initiated options also available


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*.

*The program has been placed on probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. This temporary probation does not affect current or prospective athletic training students' degrees or eligibility to sit for the BOC exam to become credentialed as an athletic trainer. If you have questions, contact the program director.