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About Athletic Training

The Piedmont College M.S. in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is under the direction of Dr. Abbey Dondanville, ATC. The professional program is accredited through the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education), with the first graduate students admitted in summer 2019 and the last undergraduate students graduating in 2020.  Undergraduate students wishing to pursue the accelerated entry (3+2) option into the Master’s program can enroll in the pre-athletic training track at any time beginning Fall 2017.

The MSAT program builds upon foundation coursework in anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, psychology, and other science-based courses.  The multifaceted program blends classroom instruction with clinical rotations where students obtain real-life experience working hands-on with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals and use evidence-based decision making processes to examine, diagnose, and create appropriate prevention, treatment, and wellness interventions for clients across the age and ability spectra. This two-year, residential program includes four semesters of clinical experiences, two of which are immersive, and an optional summer internship of the student's choosing.  

This curriculum prepares students to become entry-level athletic trainers and qualifies them to take the national Board of Certification Exam (www.bocatc.org; BOC Pass Rate Data). A degree in Athletic Training and BOC certification offers graduates opportunities to practice in a variety of settings in all 50 states and challenge the Canadian national board examination (www.athletictherapy.org). These settings include, but are not limited to, high school, college, and professional athletics, outpatient clinics, industrial rehabilitation sites, physician practices, the performing arts, safety settings, and higher education.  Upon program completion, students will also be prepared to take the CHES (certified health education specialist) and CSCS (certified strength and condition specialist) exams. 

The MSAT program uses the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS) to manage all application information and documents.  Students can apply for either traditional or accelerated (3+2) entry in the secondary application process for formal program admission (Admission Criteria/Process). Acceptance into the Athletic Training Program is competitive and not guaranteed.

The Athletic Training Program at Piedmont College is accredited by SACS and CAATE.