Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

MS in Athletic Training

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Master of Science in Athletic Training prepares students to become athletic trainers (ATs) in a growing health care field. ATs are qualified health care providers educated in prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and non-orthopedic conditions. They are employed in a variety of settings including athletics, physician practices, hospitals, performing arts, work-place care, military, and public safety. Our AT program values hands-on experience and has designed the second year to combine online courses with immersive clinical education. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification exam.

Required Courses:

Traditional Lecture & Lab                                               

  • ATH 500 Athletic Training Professional Practice (1 credit) 
  • ATH 501 Foundations of Patient Safety (1 credit)
  • ATH 502/503 Acute Care of Injury and Illness (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH 505 Human Anatomy (2 credits)
  • ATH 510/511 Examination, Diagnosis & Care 1 (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH512/513 Examination, Diagnosis & Care 2 (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits) 
  • ATH 514/515 Examination and Management of Non-orthopedic Conditions (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH 520/521 Health and Human Performance (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH 522/523 Therapeutic Interventions 1 (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH 524/525 Therapeutic Interventions 2 (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)
  • ATH 626/627 Therapeutic Interventions 3 (Lecture/Lab) (4 credits)

Online               

  • ATH 504 Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • ATH 640 Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • ATH 641 BOC Prep (1 credit) 
  • ATH 650 Research Design (3 credits)
  • ATH 651 Capstone 1 (3 credits)
  • ATH 652 Capstone 2 (1 credit) 

Clinical                                              

  • ATH 571 Clinical 1 (1 credit)       
  • ATH 572 Clinical 2 (1 credit) 
  • ATH 573 Clinical 3 (2 credits) 
  • ATH 673 Clinical Education (1 credit) 
  • ATH 674 Clinical 4 (2 credits) 
  • ATH 675 Clinical 5 (2 credits) 
  • ATH 676 Clinical 6 (3 credits) 

Applicant Qualifications

  • Application Deadline: The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework. Completed applications must be received by April 1 for matriculation beginning in July.

  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA is preferred
  • GRE scores are not required
  • Prerequisite course work must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Prerequisite course work must be passed with a grade of B- or higher
    • Equivalency exams may be taken in place of certain courses if a grade of B- was not achieved. Please see the Office of Prior Learning Assessment’s webpage for more information on specific course offerings
  • Prerequisite course work:
    • Biology – one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
    • Chemistry - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Physics - one semester with lab (minimum 3 credits)
    • Psychology - one semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1&2- 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs or 1 semester of human anatomy with lab and 1 semester of human physiology with a lab (minimum 6 credits)
    • Statistics- 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Biomechanics, pathomechanics or kinesiology – 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology – 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)
    • Nutrition - 1 semester (minimum 3 credits)

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application Deadline: The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework. Completed applications must be received by April 1 for matriculation beginning in July.
  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
  • Personal Statement: Explain how your experiences have prepared you for a graduate-level athletic training education and how this program will help you achieve your career goals. (750-1,250 words)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
     

Where to send transcripts and application materials

If applying through the USM Graduate Application, official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to: 

Application Processing Center
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.

For details about our program outcomes and clinical sites, read about our Athletic Training program

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