Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790

Hal Strough, Ph.D., ATR, ATC
Department Chair
Burns Wellness Center, Room 232
(218) 723-6798

Athletic Training (M.S. in 5 option)

Program Facts

  • Students enter the program from a variety of undergraduate majors, including: Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Education, Exercise Physiology, Finance, Health Information Management, Health Science, Management, Natural Sciences, Nursing and Psychology.
  • Features outstanding faculty who are well-respected in this field.
  • Fully accredited by CAATE, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  • Prepares students to sit for the BOC Inc. Athletic Training examination.
  • Students learn to carry out Benedictine values as they recognize, try to prevent, and manage sports injuries, and work to rehabilitate the people afflicted by them. Clinical experiences include access to a cadaver lab and unique state-of-the art learning in  kinesiotaping training and manual therapy techniques.
  • Unrivaled facilities and technologies such as Kin Com Isokinetic Testing; Dartfish Video Analysis Software; Biodex Balance and Unweighing Systems; Chattanooga Vectra Genisys Muscle Stimulation; Ultrasound and Laser/Light Therapy; and Powerplate Airdaptive 5 Vibration Therapy.

Program Requirements

Students may choose from two admission options:

  • During the junior year, undergraduates can apply for the” M.S. in Five” program to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years, an attractive option for those who are certain they want to become athletic trainers.
  • Apply for standard admission to the program upon obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Applications to the graduate program in athletic training are considered on a rolling basis until the maximum class size is reached. The program begins in June. Once admitted, students must be enrolled in the program full-time. Moreover, students are expected to fulfill all course and clinical experiences according to the required sequence (unless an exception is approved by the Department).


For guidance on securing internships, contact the department chair. Scholastica students have interned at a variety of sites, including Fairview Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, collegiate athletic programs and fitness centers.


The job outlook for athletic training graduates is very positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of athletic trainers to increase 30 percent by 2020. Upon graduating, students have secured positions within healthcare facilities, university settings, fitness and rehabilitation centers. Others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in physical therapy, exercise physiology and occupational therapy.

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  • "The experience here is different than any place else ... small class sizes, lots of faculty attention and guidance, exposure to a wide variety of experiences, good collegiate sports teams, and more."

    – Jill Steinbach, ‘12