Athletic Training

MS in 5 Option | Post Baccalaureate Admissions | Conditional Admissions

Department of Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are allied health/sports medicine professionals responsible for the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of the physically active population. Athletic trainers perform under a physician's direction and are typically employed with professional teams, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, industry, and other various settings.

The program of study is an entry-level M.S. program. It is intended for students seeking certification and registration or licensure as an athletic trainer. Students must successfully complete 70 graduate credits over 23 consecutive months, including clinical experiences, and other requirements to be awarded the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.

Students interested in athletic training should be aware that enrollment is competitive and limited to a maximum 16 students per year. Fulfillment of requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection for admission is based on several elements including academic record, professional exploration, essay, recommendations, and interviews. Students must apply as a 3+2 candidate or have evidence of a completed bachelor's degree as well as fulfillment of the health/prerequisite requirements upon matriculation. However, there are no requirements in terms of the prospective student's undergraduate major.

Assistant Professor or Chair: Dr. Hal Strough

General Information

The program is accredited by the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students should be aware they must be a graduate of an accredited program to be eligible for the BOC, Inc. (Board of Certification, Inc.) certification exam. Students that complete the exam would also be eligible for licensure/registration in any state throughout the country, except Texas, which requires a separate state licensure exam.

Students should anticipate two academic years and two summers of study, the first of two occurring before the first academic year. The first summer session will involve academic coursework while the second summer session consists of an internship that must be secured by the student. Required clinical experiences are completed during the two academic years and second summer. These experiences frequently require commitments outside of the normal academic day and semester, including evenings and weekends and, in some instances, necessitate personal transportation to clinical sites off campus. Students should keep these realities in mind when considering employment and other extracurricular obligations. They should also anticipate purchasing appropriate clothing for various clinical settings.


Applications for the program may be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Studies Office
Athletic Training Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811-4199

Prerequisites: Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following St. Scholastica courses (or equivalencies subject to consideration by the St. Scholastica Athletic Training Admissions Committee). Required: BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4), BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4), CHM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for Health Science Majors (4) or CHM 1110 General Chemistry I (4), EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4), PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4), PSY 3331 Statistics (4), PSY (4) (1105 General, 2208 Developmental, or 3423 Abnormal). NOTE: Equivalencies of 2110, 2120, 1020 and 2001 must include laboratory components.

Recommended: BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4), HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4), PSC 2002 Physics II (4), PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2)