Master of Science in Athletic Training

Typical Length 22 months

Delivery Campus-Based



Program Mission

Preparing graduate students to become BOC certified athletic trainers who mālama our people, our places, and our ways of knowing.

As the only athletic training program in the state of Hawaii, the Athletic Training Program is committed to providing diverse experiences in a culturally-enriched learning environment, and preparing students for athletic training in the local, national, and international communities. The guiding principles of the program will foster students’ abilities to embrace continual personal growth and professional development for success in the evolving landscape of healthcare.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a Carnegie Research 1, community-serving university grounded in a Hawaiian place of learning. Its unique geographical location, diverse community, and culturally enriched environment allow for a unique way of cultivating creative and innovative leaders who mālama our people, our places, and our ways of knowing in order to sustain and transform our islands and the world. Aligning with the university mission, the College of Education focuses on “Preparing tomorrow’s teachers, educational leaders, researchers, exercise science professionals, athletic trainers, and counselors”. These professions are critical to sustain and share our value to mālama our people, our places, and our ways of knowing beyond the islands of Hawaiʻi. The athletic training program is committed to prepare graduate students to become BOC certified athletic trainers who mālama our people, our places, and our ways of knowing.

In order to further provide guidance to foster students’ abilities to embrace continual personal growth and professional development for success in evolving landscape of healthcare, the Guiding Principles were adapted from the university’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. To assess the applicability of these principles, these principles were cross validated with the job descriptions of athletic training positions locally and nationally, which confirmed its applicability to our profession. The program committee then analyzed each guiding principle to identify key elements to successfully accomplish these principles.

Guiding Principles:

  • I will maintain my personal health and well-being.
  • I will be professional and ethical.
  • I will know my role as an athletic trainer in the community.
  • I will be able to communicate effectively.
  • I will be able to care for my patients.
  • I will be a lifelong, self-directed learner.

Key Elements of Guiding Principles:

  • Motivation
  • Self-reflection
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-Care
  • Mentorship
  • Respect
  • Support

Mālama: to take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, protect.

On average for the most recent 3 years:

  • 68% passed BOC exam after the first attempt
  • 84% passed BOC exam regardless of the number of attempts
  • 84% are employed as an AT 6 months after graduation

Notice: The program is under probation due to 3-year aggregate first time BOC pass rate being below 70% per CAATE standard; however, the program is fully operational and accepting applications from prospective students.

Program Goals & Outcome

Program Goals:

  • BOC pass rate above 70%
  • Job placement rate within 6-month of graduation above 70%
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, MANOA – MS IN AT 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 3 YR AGGREGATE
# student graduated 5/6 6/6 3/4 10/10 19/20
Graduation Rate (%) 83% 100% 75% 100% 92%
Retention Rate (%) 83% 100% 75% 100% 92%
# student who took the BOC exam by Feb of the last semester and passed on the first attempt 5/5 (100%) 5/6 (83%) 2/3
# of student who passed the BOC exam regardless of the number of attempts 5


# students employed as AT w/in 6 mo of graduation

4 /5



Who should consider this program

Undergraduate Exercise Science/Kinesiology majors who would like to pursuit athletic training as a career and ready to commit 2 years of their life for the graduate program. Students who are interested in the athletic training profession are highly recommended to visit National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) website.

Common careers

Athletic trainers treat a range of patients and can work in a variety of settings. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice according to their education, scope of practice and state practice act. Athletic trainers work in:

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practice, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music
Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

When applying for a summer program, make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies – Summer”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Athletic Training-MS-Professional**"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process, go to the Graduate Division Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Paper Applications

If you choose to submit a paper application you must download and complete the paper application (select “Graduate Admissions Application and Fee Payment Form”). Please carefully review the Graduate Division application instructions (select “Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions”) and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures. if you are applying for summer admission pay particular attention to the “Summer Applicants” section which states:

Please write in your semester of application if you are applying to a graduate program with summer admission.

It is a good idea to submit copies of all Graduate Division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MS, Athletic Training program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered, they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following prompt as part of your application to the MS, Athletic Training program.

Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

MS, Athletic Training Program
1337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A Complex
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-7976

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three people that may be contacted as academic references, e.g., professor, advisor, instructor, etc. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

AlertAt least one of your references needs to be AT.
Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-7976
  3. Mail:
    • Professional Athletic Training Program Director
      Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
      11337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A 231
      Honolulu, HI 96822

  4. Email:
    • Professional Athletic Training Program Director
      Kaori Tamura, PhD, ATC

Voucher Form (200 hours minimum) View This Task

Your Experience Voucher Form.

Please download Experience Voucher Form, complete it with your supervising AT, and upload a copy directly to Mākālei. If you have hours obtained at multiple clinical sites, please complete and upload multiple Experience Voucher Forms. If you are currently working toward 200 hours, please

Submission Options

Upload your completed voucher form
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Mail your voucher form to:

Professional Athletic Training Program Director
Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
11337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A 231
Honolulu, HI 96822

Technical Standard For Admission View This Task

The Professional Athletic Training Program (ATP) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the ATP. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, participation in the ATP may be denied. For information regarding the University’s policies on accommodations for students with disabilities, please contact the KOKUA Program at 808-956-7511.

Participants in the ATP must demonstrate the following Technical Standards:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for the ATP will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. Upon admission to the program, students will be required to submit the Verification Form signed by a physician.

Criminal Background Check View This Task

Your Criminal Background Check.

Students will go through a formal federal criminal background check as part of the program. If your Criminal Background is not cleared, you may not participate in the program.

Prerequisite Check Sheet View This Task

Your Prerequisite Check Sheet.

Please download the Prerequisite Check Sheet , complete and upload a copy directly to Mākālei.

Upload your Prerequisite Check Sheet.
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English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

550/79 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Summer Admission Only January 15 February 15

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding


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


  • Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) enables legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to enroll in slelcted out-of-state graduate programs at a reduced tution of 150% of the institution’s regular resident tuition. Member states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, CNMI, Guam, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (NRTE) – Limited number of NRTE Award is availabe for the out-of-state students, effective for 2 years. Selected out-of-state students will qualify for the resident tuition rate. NRTE will be awareded to the top out-of-state candidate(s) determined by their application.
  • Achievement Scholarships – A total of $8000/yr is availabe to the program students to support their tuition. Detailed application information will be annoucned to the program studetns annually.
  • Travel Fund – Limited amount of travel funds are availabe for the program students to attend the professional conferences and seminars.
  • NATA scholarship
  • FWATA scholarship
  • HATA scholarship
Delivery Format

Typical on-campus class schedule is 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 days a week, with on-campus or off-campus 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 program consists of classroom instruction, practicum/laboratory instruction, clinical experience, and research experiences in which the athletic training content areas of 1) evidence-based practice, 2) prevention and health promotion, 3) clinical examination and diagnosis, 4) acute care of injury and illness, 5) therapeutic interventions, 6) psychosocial strategies and referral, 7) healthcare administration, and 8) professional development and responsibility are developed and included. Graduate students seeking BOC certification must complete a minimum of 45 credits, as well as prerequisites courses and clinical education requirements. The ATP must be completed in two calendar years (i.e., Summer, Fall, spring semesters) of full-time study or six semesters of course work with clinical experience under the direct supervision of a Preceptor at an affiliated clinical site. Please see MS-AT program sheet for more details.

Clinical Education Plan

The Clinical Education Plan is designed to provide students with opportunity to apply the content learned in the didactic lectures and labs. Clinical Experiences are provided in KRS490, 609, 610, 611, 612, and 623. 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. Students work with preceptors to gain clinical experience in all Core Competency areas and to perform at above 75% autonomy level. Percent autonomy is determined by the preceptor and reported in the reflection journal and end-of-semester evaluation. A total of 1200 hours of clinical experience is required for graduation which amounts to an average of 20 hours/week. Additionally, students are required to complete immersive clinical experience and selective clinical experience. Immersive clinical experience consists of 40 hours a week for 4 consecutive weeks or same work hours/schedule as your preceptor during the defined period (summer session II). The immersive clinical experience is a graduation requirement and provided in KRS623 online course. The selective clinical experience consists of professional development experiences at self-selected sites. A minimum of 100 hours is required to fulfill selective clinical experience requirement which is monitored in KRS609-612. Hours collected during winter and summer breaks at the assigned clinical site could count toward selective experience hours; however, the hours claimed for selective experience can’t be double counted toward the clinical experience hours.

Degree Requirements (Master’s Plan B)

  • ATP students must complete:
  • Pre-ATP Requirements (as needed)
  • A minimum of 45 credits of required core courses (GPA no less than 3.0)
  • Clinical experiences (minimum of 1,200 hours)
  • Immersive clinical experience (minimum of 40 hours/week for 4 consecutive weeks)
  • Final Comprehensive Examination

Program operational manual:

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Director