Athletic Training

Athletic training student taping an ankle

FAST FACTS: M.S. Athletic Training

  • A unique and highly sought-after CAATE-accredited two year master’s degree program*
  • Learn in our cutting edge facilities; additional education for Graston certification, training in Kinesiotaping and manual therapy techniques available
  • World-wide opportunities to earn summer practicum credits
  • Applicants applying to The Master of Science in Athletic Training program for the June 2015 entering class will apply online using the ATCAS application OR the CSS application. Learn more.
  • 70 total program credits

Tuition: $710/credit*

*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years.

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Master's degree required in 2022

Athletic trainers are integral to keeping athletes and other physically active individuals at the top of their game. Recognizing this, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance has agreed to a new set of standards that requires aspiring athletic trainers to get their master's degree before they enter the profession.

Even though the change won't take effect until the year 2022, we're already ahead of the curve. We have the only master's-level athletic training program in the state of Minnesota and have for the past six years. And getting your master's soon will put you ahead of the groups of athletic training graduates entering the job market with a bachelor's degree now or a master's seven years from now.

Program options for graduates and undergraduates

  • Post-baccalaureate master's program. For students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. This option takes 23 months to complete.
  • "Finish in Five" program. For students without a bachelor's degree, we offer an accelerated program in which you earn both a bachelor's and master's degree. The program takes five years to complete.

Tour our facilities

Tour our state-of-the-art facilites

Our facilities

  • Kin Com Isokinetic Testing
  • Dartfish Video Analysis Software
  • Biodex Balance and Unweighing Systems
  • Chattanooga Vectra Genisys Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound and Laser/Light Therapy
  • Powerplate Airdaptive 5 Vibration Therapy
  • Cadaver lab
  • Traction table

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is an AMA-recognized Allied Health profession that emphasizes the delivery of health care to physically active and athletic populations. The National Athletic Trainers' Assocation (NATA) is the field's professional organization.

The athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the sports medicine team in secondary schools, colleges, universities, professional sports, clinics, industries, and other health care settings. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician and are responsible for prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of physical activity/athletic injuries.

Career opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30 percent job growth for athletic trainers between now and 2020. Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics, high schools and colleges, and professional sports.

Benefits of a master's degree

In a competitive job market, our entry-level master's in athletic training can make you stand out from the crowd. More importantly, you'll have a deeper and more thorough understanding of the practice of athletic training and a wealth of hands-on clinical experience.

  • Over 70% of athletic trainers possess advanced degrees and 2011 NATA salary data demonstrates that those with master's degrees earn, on average, $5000 more than those with bachelor's degrees.
  • Allows college athletes to pursue that experience as an undergraduate and pursue career development as a graduate.
  • We offer opportunities above and beyond what you'll find in an undergraduate program. These include experiences in cadaver anatomy dissection, diagnostic and orthopedic applications, evidence based practice, healthcare entrepreneurship and innovation, healthcare information technology, manual and mechanical therapy, mulligan technique, musculoskeletal ultrasound, neuromuscular function, pilates, post-surgical rehabilitation, professional communication.

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Interested in Athletic Training?

Contact Us

Courtney EickmanCourtney Eickman
Admissions Counselor, Duluth Campus
(877) 287-8731

Hal StroughHal Strough
Chair, Athletic Training Department
(218) 723-6798
(866) 478-9277

In the News

November 11, 2014
Training for training
Julia Carr receives major-league athletic training preparation in the Dominican Republic.

  • Portrait of Leah Paul

    "I could not have asked for a better education and experience than the one I got in the MS Athletic Training program at CSS. The staff worked diligently to make sure the students got a blend of class and hands on experience. I will forever be an advocate for the Athletic Training program at CSS!"

    – Leah Paul, MS

  • "The athletic training education I received at CSS was second to none. The additional certifications we gained, the additional coursework we took, and the wide variety of clinical experiences we had, prepared each student for their desired job in the unique setting they want."

    – Christina Hirsch, MS, ATC

  • Callie Bartel standing next to an Olympic podium

    "The AT degree I received from CSS prepared me for a great career. I began working at the NCAA DII level and now DI. I recently had an opportunity to help at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA with Paralympic throwers."

    – Callie Bartel, MS, ATC, LAT