MS Athletic Training

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The Professional AT Program prepares graduate students to become BOC certified athletic trainers and scholarly practitioners in the athletic training profession.  Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

Program Mission

The Professional AT program’s mission is to prepare graduate students to become BOC certified athletic trainers and scholarly practitioners in the athletic training profession. Upon completion of the program, the student will fulfill all of the requirements for BOC certification.

University of Hawaii, manoa - MS in AT  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 3 yr aggregate
# student graduated 5 6 3 10 19
Graduation Rate (%) 83% 100% 75% 100% 92%
Retention Rate (%) 83% 100% 80% 100% 93%
# student who passed the BOC exam on the first attempt  5 (100%) 5 (83%)  2 (67%) 6      


13 (72%) 
# of student who passed the BOC exam regardless of the number of attempts 5 (100%)  5 (83%) 2 (67%)  9      


16 (89%) 
# students employed as AT w/in 6 mo of graduation

4 (80%)

4 (80%)

2 (67%) 9      


10 (79%) 


Delivery Options

Typical class schedule is 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 days a week, with clinical experiences throughout the week including weekends.  Summer courses are mandatory and require students to be on Oahu during summer session II (July-August).  All core courses are delivered in the Athletic Training Lab.


Academic Plan

The Professional AT program is a professional education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program consists of classroom instruction, practicum/laboratory instruction, clinical experience, and research experiences in which the athletic training content areas of prevention and acute care, diagnosis, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, administration, professional development, medical conditions, pharmacology, nutrition, psychosocial intervention and referral are developed and inculcated. Graduate students seeking BOC certification must complete a minimum of 45 credits, as well as pre-requisite courses and clinical observation requirements. The specific course requirements are identified in the Professional AT Academic Plan and the Clinical Education Plan. Graduation is contingent upon all program requirements being met, and a grade point average of no less than 3.0 (4.0 scale).

The Professional AT program must be completed upon regular admission into the program, in two calendar years (i.e., Summer, Fall, Spring semesters) of full-time study or six semesters of coursework with clinical experience under the direct supervision of a preceptor at an affiliated clinical site.

Clinical Education Plan

The Clinical Education Plan consists of the Practicum and the Clinical Experience classes. Competencies and Proficiencies and Clinical Experiences are provided in KRS 609, 610, 611 and 612. Clinical  experience assignments require an average of 20 hours/week. Clinical assignments consist of students assigned to preceptors who provide direct supervision for coverage of sports with upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive, general medical, and rehabilitation settings. Clinical Proficiencies and Foundational Professional Behaviors are formally evaluated by the preceptors during the Clinical Experience. Additionally male, female, team, individual and dual sports are also factors in clinical assignments. 

Requirements for The Master of Science Degree

Professional AT program students must complete:

  • Pre-Requirements (as needed)
  • A minimum of 45 credits of required core courses
  • Clinical experience requirements (minimum 1,200 hours total)
  • Culminating selective experience activity (KRS 612)
  • Clinical research project (KRS 641)
  • Final (Comprehensive) Examination


  • Tuition: please visit UHM Tuition & Fee webstie
  • Program associated cost is approximately $200- 300/yr which includes NATA membership, liability insurance, uniforms, fanny pack, and a pair of scissors.  


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