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Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

The mission of the Master of Science of Athletic Training program is to develop exceptional clinicians accomplished in the delivery of evidence-informed care, in collaboration with other healthcare providers, for diverse client/patient populations with a variety of health conditions.

Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)


What is Athletic Training at ODU like?

The mission of the Master of Science of Athletic Training program is to develop exceptional clinicians accomplished in the delivery of evidence-informed care, in collaboration with other healthcare providers, for diverse client/patient populations with a variety of health conditions.

Program Highlights

What makes Athletic Training at ODU unique?

  • More than 35 weeks of time spent fully immersed in clinical experiences. That’s more than 35 weeks of full-time hands-on experiences in the profession at a wide variety of clinical sites.

  • Low faculty to student ratios to ensure personalized attention and feedback.

  • Human cadaver anatomy course and lab, which students can access year-round to review anatomy and maintain superior anatomical knowledge.

  • Faculty that are highly research-active, providing our students with research opportunities as well as the most up-to-date evidence for cutting edge patient care.

  • Network of collaborating physicians to aid in the education and development of highly knowledgeable athletic trainers.

  • Designated classroom and lab space that allow students have access to areas to study and practice skills outside of class.

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What are some careers in this field?

Check out this information below from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA):

Who are athletic trainers? Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Where do athletic trainers work?

  • Colleges/Universities
  • Secondary Schools
  • Physicians’ Clinics/hospitals
  • Professional Sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Military
  • Police/Fire Departments
  • Occupational Settings



Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Atlantic Orthopedic Specialists, Norfolk Public Schools, Kansas City Royals, Cirque Du Soleil, Dominion Energy, Bon Secours, Old Dominion University


What are some courses offered in Athletic Training at ODU?

AT 691:
Gross Anatomy for the Rehabilitation Sciences

This course will include dissection of a human cadaver and will be supplemented with classroom lectures. The course is designed to teach graduate athletic training students the principles and concepts of human gross anatomy as they apply to clinical practice. Emphasis will be on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and vascular systems of the extremities.

AT 617:
Management of Medical Conditions for Healthcare Providers II

Advanced management of acute conditions including wound management, phlebotomy, medication administration, dislocation reduction, and appropriate referral strategies. Advanced therapeutic techniques will also be incorporated. Prerequisite: AT 607.

AT 623:
Athletic Training Practicum I

This course is designed to provide practical experience in the athletic training setting and an understanding of evidence-based practice in sports medicine.


What are the requirements to apply for Athletic Training at ODU?

Students entering the MSAT program in Athletic Training should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Students are admitted to the program after completion of a bachelor's degree and prerequisite course work. Application review will begin on October 15 and will continue until all positions have been filled. Admission into the program is competitive.

An application to the University and a separate application to the Athletic Training Centralized Application Services must be submitted. The ATCAS website will be open to applicants August 1 each year and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 15 each year. Please follow the directions for application found at the ATCAS site.

Students must have:

  • A completed ODU Graduate School application and application fee

  • A completed application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) that includes transcripts, resume, statement of interest, verification of 15 clock hours of observation with an athletic trainer, three recommendations from professional or academic references, and documentation of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED Certification) at the level of a healthcare professional)

  • A bachelor's degree and official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended at a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent foreign institution (submitted to ATCAS during application, submitted to ODU upon acceptance into the program

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework

  • Completion of the pre-requisites at Old Dominion University or another regionally-accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (the first five are laboratory science courses)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 571


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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