South Dakota State University

Athletic Training

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The Master of Science in Athletic Training at South Dakota State University is an entry Level graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Education (CAATE). This is a two year program designed for students who wish to become eligible to challenge the national certifying examination for athletic trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC).

The program is 44-47 credit hours in length (depending on option) and includes coursework in the summer between the first and second professional years. Students may complete a thesis (Option A), research paper (Option B), or a coursework option (Option C) to fulfill their graduation requirements. In addition to completing the courses required for the curriculum, students must successfully complete clinical experiences under the supervision of preceptors who are credentialed health care professionals.

Each year the MSAT program admits (1) new cohort of students who begin their plan of study during the Fall semester. Admittance into the MSAT program is on a competitive basis. For initial consideration, students must be admitted into Graduate School at SDSU. Candidates must also complete a secondary program admissions process. APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR THIS PROCESS ARE LOCATED ON THE PROGRAM WEBSITE. The program reviews completed applications during the Fall semester or the Spring semester. To qualify for a Fall review, Graduate School applications must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1 and program application materials by DECEMBER 1. For a Spring review, the respective deadlines are FEBRUARY 1 and MARCH 1. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview no later than JANUARY 1 or MARCH 1.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Trevor Roiger, EdD, AT
South Dakota State University

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