Master of Science in Athletic Training

LSU offers several exceptional programs for students interested in athletic training.

The School of Kinesiology has designed a pre-athletic training concentration specifically for undergraduates to prepare them for the demands of post-graduate work in athletic training, medicine, dentistry, nursing or physical/speech/occupational therapy. (link to current page)

For graduate students, LSU offers the state’s only Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program that meets the rigorous criteria of the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education.

LSU’s MSAT graduates are eligible for take the BOCATC national board examination for athletic trainers. Graduates who pass the BOCATC will be credentialed to practice as athletic trainer in 49 states and work under the direction of physicians in a variety of healthcare settings.

As they progress through the program, LSU’s MSAT students will complete the coursework necessary to become eligible for both BOCATC and Emergency Medical Technician licensing exams.

LSU expects to start accepting applications for the MSAT in early Fall 2020. The inaugural class will begin coursework in June 2021. 

According to the US Department of Labor, the athletic training profession is one of the Top 10 in-demand healthcare professions. LSU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training is geared to prepare students to enter and excel in this rewarding, fast-growing field.

Just as important as the opportunity to become dual credentials, LSU’s MSAT offers graduate students the ability to:

  • learn how to build positive professional relationships with patients, administrators and other healthcare providers and the public.

  • have the opportunity work in a variety of clinical and didactic settings to develop the knowledge and skills necessary entry-level athletic trainer to practice successfully.

  • get experience using current and emerging technologies in patient education and care.

  • explore ways to integrate research into daily clinical practice through the acquisition, use and practice of evidence-based medicine.

  • acquire strategies to provide culturally competent and efficient medical care to diverse populations.

  • establish a professional philosophy that incorporates the highest standards for the patient, professional and patient advocacy and legal/ethical medical practice.

 The application process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training is conducted through online application system via the LSU Graduate School.  The LSU Graduate School provides information on acceptance to LSU, while the program's website along with the LSU Graduate Catalog will provide admission process and criteria for admission. 

The admissions process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will occur through several defined steps:

Step 1 - Initial Application and Verification (May 1 - December 1)

Applicant applies for admission to the LSU Graduate School and the Master of Science of Athletic Training.  This process will occur between May 1 through December 1 annually.  The applicant's materials (see application form) will verify the applicant meets the minimal acceptance criteria, including acceptable completion (or satisfactory progress of completion by the end of the spring semester) of prerequisite coursework.  

Step 2 - Verification and Applicant Review Process (December 2 - January 15)

During this step the university will review all applications for completeness and also conduct initial evaluation of materials for consideration for the interview process.  Applicants not meeting the Step 1 requirements will be notified of their application status, as well as those who will be invited for the interview process.

Step 3 - Interview Process (January 16 - February 16)

Applicants accepted to this step will be interviewed by phone and in-person for final consideration to be accepted to the program.

Step 4 - Acceptance Completion (February 17 - May 15)

Applicants receiving an acceptance invitation will complete the necessary Clinical Readiness Requirements (due May 1) by published deadlines on the program's website and through acceptance letter received by the applicant, as well final verification of transcripts if the applicant is taking remaining prerequisite coursework during the Spring semester.

Clinical Readiness Requirements

Once notified of admittance to the MSAT (Step 4), students must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the degree program’s course requirements:

Students in the MSAT are required to work in a variety of health care settings. The MSAT program policies and procedures which comply with the CAATE ( Accreditation Standards, as well as recommendations of the MSAT medical director and LSU Student Health Center. 

Students must fulfill all Clinical Readiness Requirements by no later than May 1 in order to start the program course requirements after June 1.  Each student is responsible for all fees associated with fulfilling the Clinical Readiness Requirements (complete details are available on the MSAT website (

  • MSAT Medical History Form (completed through the LSU Student Health Center Student Health Portal)
  • Health Physical Exam (must use MSAT Physical Examination Form if off-campus; if on-campus will be completed at the LSU Student Health Center)
  • Immunizations
  • Technical Standards
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) with First Aid certifications (by American Red Cross or American Heart Association) must be completed within a two-year window of the June 1 start
  • Criminal Background Check (required for clinical experiences at off-campus clinical affiliated sites including hospitals)
  • Drug Screen – 10 panel screen
  • TB Skin Test (within past 12 months prior to June 1 start)
  • Signed HIPAA/Privacy/Confidential Form
  • Signed Professional and Personal Conduct Form

The Master of Science in Athletic Training in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

The technical standards set forth by the Master of Science in Athletic Training establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]).

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of the Master of Science in Athletic Training. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program, nor retained in the program. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student program admission nor eligibility for the BOC certification examination.

Candidates for selection to, and students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training, must demonstrate:

The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.

Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

While the list above provides specific areas, the following list is not inclusive but merely provides examples of various technical standards components:

Specific Components
(with sample representative areas)
Ability to observe a patient accurately

Evaluation/assessment of a patient’s gait or posture at least 10 feet away

Observe patient’s response and physical signs

Read diagnostic instruments such as thermometer, goniometer, settings on a therapeutic modality device

Utilization of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques with patients, peer healthcare providers, family members of patients, etc.

Obtain information from patients and caregivers to develop a written history

Explain evaluation and treatment procedures

Explain and demonstrate therapeutic exercise programs

Written communication of patient or client’s responses in a written medical record

Present healthcare topics to general public


Perform athletic training skills in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner

Practice within the ethical and legal parameters as defined by state and federal laws

Perform athletic training skills and procedures safe and effectively with appropriate tempo, strength, power, endurance for the individual (class partners, self, patients, clients)

 Follow policies and procedures outlined in the emergency action plans (EAP)

Perform chest and abdominal auscultations

Assess and interpret findings of vital signs, special clinical tests, balance and proprioception, neurological function, tissue integrity

Measure and appropriate fit assistive ambulatory devices and devices

Apply therapeutic devices

Apply bracing, taping, splinting, or casting materials appropriate for its intended use/function

Administer balance training, cardiovascular function tests, cardiopulmonary resuscitation including adjunct airway devices, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization techniques, patient transfers


 Ability to problem solve rapidly and the ability to learn and reason

Ability to integrate, analyze, and synthesize information in a multitask setting

Ability to understand spatial relationship of anatomical structures

Understand the scientific process and the ability to apply evidence-based medicine into clinical practice

 Adapt available resources to appropriately provide treatment to wounds and other injuries using universal precautions

Ability to determine an accurate clinical diagnosis and develop a treatment plan

Ability to re-evaluate a patient and apply modifications to existing treatment plans

Perform various types of research

Interpret patient/client responses and address needs/concerns as part of the evaluation process


Practice athletic training in an ethical, legal, and safe manner

Ability to respond to medical emergencies

Ability to demonstrate effective management skills in medical and non-medical emergency situations

Abides by the LSU Code of Student Conduct

Complies with policies and procedures within the LSU Athletic Training Student Handbook

Adheres to specific policies outlined by clinical sites

Complies with the Board of Certification’s Standards of Professional Practice for Athletic Trainers


Students must possess the emotional health to exercise good/sound judgment and perform duties to their completion

Ability to adapt to changing situations and display flexibility without compromising quality of care and policies/procedures in the clinical setting

Implement effective techniques to establish rapport with patients, clients, coaches, peers, family members, etc.

Ability to learn new skills and tasks to improve as a professional, as well as ability to accept feedback/critique

Ability to demonstrate lifelong personal and professional growth

Ability to recognize the need for professional mental health assistance


Candidates for selection to the Master of Science in Athletic Training will be required to verify (signed affidavit) they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. 

Students currently participating in the Master of Science in Athletic Training must be able to meet the technical standards, with or without accommodation, at all times. 

LSU Disability Services, in coordination with the program director and medical director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training, will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation. 

Failure of the student to follow a prescribed plan of accommodation or treatment plan that provides the student a reasonable opportunity to meet the technical standards may result in permanent dismissal from the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

All students must read and sign the Technical Standards on an annual basis form prior to beginning any clinical experiences associated with the Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

 The curriculum for the master's degree in athletic training has been approved the Louisiana Board of Supervisors.

Students applying to the Master of Science in Athletic Training must meet the following minimum application criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.

  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the applicant’s last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

  • Minimum of 290 GRE score.

  • Acceptance to the LSU Graduate School.

  • Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks. The technical standards are available on the program’s website and made available in the ATCAS application system.

  • Completion of minimum of 75 hours of observational professional experiences under a BOC credentialed athletic trainer and/or physician (at least 50 hours must be under the BOC credentialed athletic trainer).

  • Completion of on-campus interviews with program faculty/preceptors.

  •  Applicants must also submit a 1,000 word or less “Personal Statement” which provides a brief statement of the applicant’s background and interests, a description of her/his experience and skill, and his/her longer-term professional and academic goals and how the program aligns with those goals. A well-formed personal statement should also describe the kinds of topics and/or experiences the applicant would like to explore while enrolled in the program. It is beneficial if applicants can draw a connection between her/his long-term professional interest area and those of the faculty in the School.

  • Applicants who are narrowly trained or who have taken a significant amount of work on a pass-fail basis or in ungraded courses may be required to submit scores on GRE Subject (Advanced) Tests before their applications can be considered

Human Anatomy and Physiology
(2 semesters with lab)

KIN 2500 and BIOL 2160 or equivalents plus

Two physiology/anatomy lab credits (for LSU students that can consist of):

KIN 3500 (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab;
KIN 3519 – Human Anatomy Prosection (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab;
KIN 4519 – Cadaver Dissection (3 cr);

Physics (lab not required) – 3 credits
PHYS 2001 or equivalent

Nutrition – 3 credits
NSF 1110 or equivalent

Exercise Physiology – 3 credits
KIN 3515 or equivalent

Biomechanics – 3 credits
KIN 3514 or equivalent

Chemistry (lab not required) – 3 credits
CHEM 1201 or equivalent

Biology (lab not required) – 6 credits
BIOL 1201 or equivalent
BIOL 1202 or equivalent

Statistics – 3 credits
EXST 2201, SOCL 2201, or equivalent

General Psychology – 3 credits
PSYC 2000 or equivalent

Medical Terminology – 3 credits
KIN 2509 or equivalent

Personal Health/Wellness – 3 credits
KIN 1600 or equivalent

The student must also possess a current certification (at the time of application) in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Providers/Emergency Responders. 

Applicants are required to complete an application to through the LSU Graduate School. 

Initial Application (LSU Graduate School)

  • Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Secondary Application (ATCAS) administered by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

  • Must complete a secondary application with ATCAS.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the School of Kinesiology. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School and the School of Kinesiology. Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study and other admission requirements set forth by the LSU Graduate School.  

Probationary Admission
Applicants who fail to meet one or more of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted on probation, provided additional evidence of capacity to do satisfactory work is presented. Such evidence might include superior performance in a substantial amount of baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate work, high GRE scores (GMAT scores, when appropriate), and other achievements.

Provisional Admission
Provisional admission may be considered for applicants who appear to be admissible on the basis of the credentials submitted, but who are unable to supply all of the required official records prior to registration. Students admitted provisionally must submit complete and satisfactory records within 60 days (45 days in summer term) after the first day of class for the semester in which graduate study begins. If these credentials are not received by the date specified, or if they prove to be unsatisfactory, students will not be permitted to register for the following semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission.

Applicants receiving an acceptance invitation will complete the necessary Clinical Readiness Requirements (due May 1) by published deadlines on the program's website and through acceptance letter received by the applicant, as well final verification of transcripts if the applicant is taking remaining prerequisite coursework during the Spring semester.



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