College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Science in Athletic Training

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Student Learning Objectives

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate Athletic Training Program is to provide transformative educational opportunities for students to achieve intellectual, professional, personal and creative growth within a nationally accredited curriculum in the field of athletic training to service the health care needs of Oklahoma.


The Graduate Athletic Training Program, using transformative learning as the foundation for educational delivery, will be an academic program of distinction for the University in the area of athletic training and allied-health care education.

Program Goals

The program is a professional athletic training degree that will provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills and clinical education necessary to meet the Board of Certification(BOC) eligibility. This program is designed for students that have completed an undergraduate degree but is seeking entry into the athletic training profession by enrolling into a professional graduate program that meets the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards.

This program is not intended for students who already have an undergraduate athletic training degree from an CAATE accredited institution or are currently eligible for the BOC Certification Examination.

The Graduate Athletic Training Program will:

  1. Provide students the opportunity to complete an accredited program of study that will provide them with  the knowledge and clinical skills to become certified athletic trainers.
  2. Provide students the opportunity to learn, develop and apply critical thinking, decision-making skills necessary to become an allied-health care provider.
  3. Provide students opportunity to learn, develop and demonstrate ethical leadership and professional behaviors as they relate to health care in a global society.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association states, "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."

Certified athletic trainers are health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.

Overview and History

Athletic Training has been an integral part of the University of Central Oklahoma for over 45 years. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies has developed a 45 semester hour Master of Science in Athletic Training degree. In 2005 the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the degree plan. Through those years, UCO has produced over 40 Board Certified Athletic Trainers.  Alumni have chosen different settings of practice to include professional baseball, professional hockey, professional rodeo, universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals.  Many have held or hold professional committee positions at the state, district and national levels.  Graduates from the program that chose other professions have also been successful in their own fields.  Some of those professions include school administrators, business managers, chiropractors, physicians, media specialists, business owners, coaches and many other job settings. Read More About Overview and History


Competitive Admission is required for the Graduate Athletic Training Program (GATP).  Due to the requirements of the clinical program, only a finite number of students, approximately 8, will be admitted into the program each year.  Candidates must also understand that athletic training is an allied health profession that requires full mental, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities to provide competent care for athletes and the physically active. Read More About Admission

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