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.

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 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 3 YR AGGREGATE
# student graduated 6/6 3/4 10/10 8/8 9/9 27/27
Graduation Rate (%) 100% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Retention Rate (%) 100% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100%
# student who took the BOC exam and passed on the first attempt 5/6 (83%) 2/3
# of student who passed the BOC exam regardless of the number of attempts 5
6/8 (70%) 6/6
# students employed as AT w/in 6 mo of graduation




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

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.

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resume or CV.

Three (3) letters of recommendation

200 hours of clinical observation/experience in traditional AT settings (Experience Voucher Form) - you may include hours from non-traditional settings in addition to the 200 hours.

Your Prerequisite Check Sheet.

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.

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

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

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Application Deadlines
Summer Admission Only January 15 March 15

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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:


Student Learning Objectives (SLO) (updated 11-22-20): 

  • Successfully complete the BOC Examination
  • Through comprehensive instruction of the NATA educational competencies.
  • Through a comprehensive clinical education program for practical application of NATA clinical proficiencies.
  • Through an integrated didactic and clinical education program, promote critical thinking and communication skills necessary for an allied health care provider.
  • Understand the foundation of concepts in athletic training content areas through formal course instruction. 
  • Promote critical thinking and communication skills allowing for application of knowledge in the practical clinical setting.
  • Through clinical problem solving and problem-based activities in the clinical education plan.
  • Function socially and vocationally in society
  • Through the clinical education program, integrated with off campus clinical sites, the student will develop skills for communication and tolerance for a diverse population.  
  • Through a strong didactic and clinical education, the students will be able to perform as a competent entry level certified athletic trainer.
  • Promote the professional growth and development, and contribute in a positive manner to the athletic training profession 
  • Through membership in national, regional, and state professional organizations
  • Through attendance at professional meetings
  • Through introduction to professional research methods
  • Develop self-worth, a value for human life, and respect the rights, welfare and dignity of each person they work with as a patient, student, or co-worker.
  • Through Service Learning and Community Engagement
  • Through instruction of the NATA Code of Ethics
  • Through application of the NATA Code of Ethics in a diverse and comprehensive clinical education program

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