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Distinctives

The stand-alone MSAT provides students who have a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to pursue an entry-level master’s degree, which is necessary for entrance into the athletic training profession. Messiah’s MSAT program offers a number of distinctives that make it unique.

Traditional and non-traditional clinical rotations

Students in Messiah University’s MSAT program gain significant hands-on patient-care experience through clinical rotations in both traditional and non-traditional athletic training settings selected to include occupational, cultural, religious and socioeconomic diversity. On-campus clinical experiences include work with Messiah’s intercollegiate athletics program and students studying the performing arts.

Professional networking

Messiah students have the opportunity to develop a professional network within the local athletic training community and our growing alumni network of athletic trainers. MSAT students serve as peer mentors to younger undergraduate students in the accelerated degree program.

State-of-the-art facilities

The  recently renovated1,750 square-foot athletic training lab on the Grantham campus and the new cadaver lab at the School of Graduate Studies’ Winding Hill campus allows students to work closely with faculty and peers as they explore all areas of the curriculum.

Interprofessional education

Messiah University has multiple undergraduate and graduate health professions programs that offer the opportunity for athletic training students to collaborate with nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition and dietetics and biomedical engineering faculty and students.

Academic strength

Our case-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in real-time to standardized patients. The first-time pass rate for Messiah students taking the Board of Certification (BOC) exam is consistently above the national average and students benefit from exam review material that is strategically built into the curriculum to maximize student success.

Dedicated faculty

Messiah University’s MSAT program has dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to Christian scholarship and service and to making a positive impact on the lives of each student. We believe that athletic training provides a platform for individuals to apply their skills to real-world health care needs within the physically active population and to serve others by providing quality, patient-centered, evidence-informed care.

Faith-based program

Messiah University has a strong history of athletic teams and successfully integrates sports, faith and academics.

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