FAQs

+What is athletic training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Learn more at National Athletic Trainers' Association

+Where do athletic trainers work?

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) provide services to secondary schools, colleges/universities, and professional sports. They can also serve sports medicine clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals, physician offices, military, performing arts and a variety of occupational settings. The most recent NATA Salary Survey had ATC respondents who represented 42 different settings.

+How do you become credentialed as an athletic trainer?

To become a BOC-certified athletic trainer (ATC), you must earn a degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).

+What is the difference between a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)? Why do I need both?

Licensure is a state specific credential. In the state of Texas, individuals with a LAT credential can only practice in the state of Texas. However, those with an ATC credential, through the Board of Certification, can apply for licensure in any state that regulates athletic training and practice in that state. They are not limited to practicing athletic training in only one state.

+What is a professional (entry-level) master's program in athletic training?

A professional level master's program in athletic training is a graduate program for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field but wish to pursue BOC credentials as an athletic trainer.

+Is the athletic training program at Texas A&M accredited?

Yes, the MSAT received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in July 2013. This allows our graduating students to sit for the BOC examination.

+What undergraduate degree is required for application to the MSAT program?

No particular undergraduate degree or major is required for application to the MSAT program. However, the majority of applicants have degrees in fields in which the required pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of their degree plans such as kinesiology, exercise science, and exercise physiology.

+Where can a prospective student get the required 50 hours of observation under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer?

Observation hours can be acquired at any site or multiple sites that a BOC certified athletic trainer or Texas licensed athletic trainer is employed. If a prospective applicant is a Texas A&M student, they can complete the observational phase of the undergraduate student athletic trainer internship through Aggie Athletics.

+How many students do you admit into the MSAT program each year?

Admission into the the MSAT program is very competitive. We accept 16 students each year.

+Where am I allowed take the prerequisite courses for program application?

The applicant may take the required courses at any university as long as they are equivalent courses to what Texas A&M offers. Students are required to submit course descriptions and syllabi when they apply to the program to ensure that the courses do fulfill the program requirements. However, if unsure of the equivalency, applicants may email the course descriptions and syllabi to the program director in advance.