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Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program develops students’ expertise in sports medicine and athletic healthcare. The program offers clinical experiences in settings such as high schools, colleges, industrial, esports, and performing arts that will help prepare you for board certification as an athletic trainer.

Why Study Athletic Training at Radford?

  • Most affordable M.S.A.T. program in the state of Virginia
  • Athletic Training degree is capped at 60 credit hours
  • Sequential course format (1 class at a time to support focusing on content)
  • Small cohorts, limited to 16
  • Practice in a large lab with state-of-the-art equipment
  • All course supplies and textbooks are completely covered at no cost to you
  • You’ll be able to shape your clinical education by working alongside trainers in the field.

Careers and Internships

Our M.S.A.T. degree is structured so you can sit for the certification to become an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are employed in:

  • High schools, colleges, professional sports, physician offices, health and recreation clubs
  • Performance arts, Cirque du Soleil, and ballet theaters
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Industrial settings like Volvo and BMW
  • Residency programs such as The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado

Opportunities for Athletic Training students at Radford

  • Injury clinics serving esports and performing arts out of the AT lab allow our students to work with unique populations outside of traditional sports and athletics.
  • Purposeful campus activities further prepare students for AT work, such as Mental Health First Aid through New River Community Services and Nutritional Counseling with Nutrition and Dietetics students in HHP.

Admission Requirements

Admission to most athletic training programs across the nation is competitive. Your application to Radford University's MSAT program may be more likely be successful if you have:

  • All applicants should apply through the ATCAS Application System.
  • Strong reasoning and writing skills
  • Completion of prerequisite courses by May of the year you plan to begin the program
  • Work or volunteer experiences with diverse populations of physically active population including scholastic athletes, club sports, youth sports and work with older athletes
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, preferred GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework
  • A demonstrated record of successful professional and interpersonal skills, as demonstrated through references and exhibited during an on-site interview
  • One cohort is admitted to each campus location for the Radford MSAT program each year, with a summer entry date. All applications are submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research and are screened for accuracy and completeness before being forwarded to the Athletic Training Program Admissions Committee for a comprehensive review. 
  • 2024 first cohort of graduates from our new program

  • 16 student limit for cohorts

  • 60 credit hour degree cap

We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.