Masters of Science (MS) Program – Athletic Training


The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is transitioning the current undergraduate program into an entry-level master’s degree program that will encompass two consecutive calendar years, beginning Summer 2019, involving very specific coursework, competitive clinical experiences, and culminating with a full semester-long clinical. ATEP has a rigorous and intense curriculum that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The mission of the ATEP is to prepare students to become competent, skillful and compassionate entry-level professionals in the profession of athletic training. Students involved in the ATEP will complete the University, departmental and major coursework requirements; they will also satisfy the clinical proficiencies via the practicum experience and while working in various clinical environments. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to successfully sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for athletic trainers. Furthermore, the student is recommended for a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MS-AT).


Responding to the recent trends in sports health, a master’s degree can help propel professionals to advanced career success. The University of Delaware has a long, proud history for athletic training education involving both didactic and clinical education and for placing graduates for athletic training careers with major American professional sports leagues major collegiate programs, high school environments, as well as sports medicine clinical settings.

Admissions Criteria
Students applying must have a competitive GRE score and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. 

Prerequisite coursework (“C” grade or higher): 

  • Anatomy/Physiology – 2 classes
  • Biology – 1 class
  • Biomechanics – 1 class
  • Chemistry – 1 class
  • Exercise Physiology – 1 class
  • Mathematics (pre-calc or higher) – 1 class
  • Nutrition – 1 class
  • Physics – 1 class
  • Psychology – 1 class
  • Research Design/Methods – 1 class
  • Statistics – 1 class
  • Additional Courses that are recommended but not required: Health, Medical Terminology


  • Proof of current certification in CPR/AED
  • 100+ hours of observation under supervision of a BOC certified or licensed athletic trainer
  • 2 academic/professional letters of recommendation
  • One 2-page essay stating interest in Athletic Training as a career
  • An interview with a department faculty/staff
2 Year Program of Study
Year 1:

  • Summer
    • Emergency Care of Sport-Related Injuries/Illnesses (KAAP608)
    • Advanced Taping & Bracing Techniques (KAAP610)
    • Core Concepts in Athletic Training (KAAP619)
  • Fall
    • Therapeutic Modalities (KAAP611)
    • Advanced Human Anatomy (KAAP620)
    • Upper Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab (KAAP621)
    • Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum I (KAAP690)
  • Winter
    • Lower Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab (KAAP622)
    • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries I (KAAP623)
  • Spring
    • Pathophysiology of Musculoskeletal Injuries (KAAP605)
    • Athletic Performance Enhancement (KAAP612)
    • Sports Medicine Pharmacology (KAAP613)
    • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (KAAP624)
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practice (KAAP691)

Year 2:

  • Summer
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practicum III (KAAP692)
  • Fall
    • Evidence-Based Sports Medicine (KAAP606)
    • Diagnostic Testing Across the Healthcare Spectrum (KAAP618) 
    • Organization & Administration of Athletic Training (KAAP648)
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practicum IV (KAAP693)
    • Health Policy (KAAP657)
  • Spring
    • Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum V (BOC Exam Prep) – (KAAP694) 

Application Deadline: March 1st

For more information, please contact:

Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM, RFSA
Professor | Director of Athletic Training Education