Sep 27, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, MS

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Program Mission: The mission of the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Kentucky is to effectively prepare entry-level athletic trainers, who are life-long learners and servants to their communities, for employment and/or pursuit of advanced education by providing a comprehensive education in a collaborative, evidence-based, patient-centered environment that includes robust educational, scholarly, clinical, and service opportunities. 

For Program Goals and Student Learning Goals, please see the Program website:  

Accreditation Information: The University of Kentucky is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2021. Submission of the self-study and completion of the site visit in early Spring 2022 does not guarantee the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states. 

Most states require athletic trainers to have a state license. License requirements vary by state, but most states require that the BOC national certification be earned. This certification requires graduation from a CAATE accredited program. Due to our accreditation status, it cannot currently be determined whether the Professional M.S. in Athletic Training meets the educational requirements needed to obtain a Kentucky athletic training license. Before enrolling, students should learn more about whether the Athletic Training programs meet licensure requirements in Kentucky and all states where they may be interested in pursuing licensure. 


Admission Requirements 

Must have a minimum overall GPA >3.0 (out of 4.0) 

Must have a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite coursework: 

  • Biomechanics (3 credits) 
  • Exercise Physiology (3 credits) 
  • Human Physiology (3 credits) 
  • Human Anatomy (3 credits) 
    • Can be combined Anatomy and Physiology (I and II, 6 credits total) 
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit or equivalent) 
  • Statistics (3 credits) 
  • Basic Emergency Care/First Aid (1 or more credit on academic transcript OR completion proof of training through other mechanism, e.g. Red Cross) 
  • Psychology (3 credits) 
  • Physics (3 credits) 
  • Biology (3 credits) 
  • Chemistry (4 credits including lab) 

Recommended but not required: 

  • Introduction to Athletic Training 
  • Research Methods/Scientific Writing 

100 observational hours 

  • At least 50 completed in common athletic training settings 

Personal statement 

Three Professional References 

Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification 

Undergraduate students outside of UK must demonstrate progression to graduate prior to the beginning of the Professional Program.  


Degree Requirements


Each student must be in good standing with the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Program. The graduation requirements for the University of Kentucky Graduate School include:  

  • Complete all academic courses (76 credits) with a grade of C or better 
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA 
  • Completion of the Final Comprehensive Examination with a 70% or better 

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