Athletic Training - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at NMSU comprises 60 credit hours of coursework through traditional and hybrid courses.  The MSAT is a 2-year (24-month) professional degree program that starts in June and prepares students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam leading to the ATC credential. NMSU is currently seeking accreditation for the program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Admissions are competitive, and applications are managed via the ATCAS central application system.  The application deadline is April 15th.  Interested students can contact the Athletic Training Program Director, Kim O'Connell (575-646-5744) for further information.

The MSAT program at NMSU will consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework to be completed in the home department of Kinesiology at NMSU through both traditional and hybrid courses. The program provides a two-year (24-month) comprehensive exposure to Athletic Training designed to prepare individuals to become competent, independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and advance the profession of athletic training through the application of evidence-based practice and translational research.

Theoretical coursework in the areas of injury prevention and care, injury evaluation and treatment, and therapeutic interventions of athletic injuries are included, as are clinical components that provide a progressive approach with observation, integrative and immersive experiences in clinical settings both on and off-campus.

Upon completion of the MSAT, students will be eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam required to practice as an athletic trainer, leading to the ATC credential.

Enrollment in graduate courses in Athletic Training is limited to students who have been accepted into the MSAT program. To complete this course of study, each student is expected to meet the program's academic and clinical competency criteria, which are aligned with CAATE accreditation standards.

Instructions on application procedures for the MSAT can be found on the Kinesiology Department webpage.  Questions may be directed to Kim O'Connell the Program Director for Athletic Training.

Prefix Title Credits
Theoretical Coursework
SPMD 4805Emergency Response2
SPMD 5005Foundations of Athletic Training3
SPMD 5205Evidence Based Practice2
SPMD 5510Psychology of Sport3
SPMD 6005Athletic Training Research I2
SPMD 6010Organization and Administration in Athletic Training2
Clinical Coursework
SPMD 5010Clinical & Functional Anatomy in Athletic Training2
SPMD 5120Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab4
SPMD 5220Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab4
SPMD 6020Evaluation of the Head, Neck, Spine and Torso3
SPMD 6280General Medical Conditions & Therapeutic Medications4
SPMD 5180Therapeutic Interventions I4
SPMD 5280Therapeutic Interventions II4
SPMD 5050Clinical Education I3
SPMD 5150Clinical Education II3
SPMD 5250Immersive Clinical Experience3
SPMD 6050Clinical Education III3
SPMD 6150Clinical Education IV3
Capstone Coursework
SPMD 6110Professional Preparation3
SPMD 6999Capstone Project I3
Optional Electives0-3
Inferential Statistics in Sports and Exercise Science3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Total Credits60-63

A Suggested Plan of Study:

The program follows a cohort model, with students progressing through the required
coursework in a specific sequence. Below is a proposed plan of study for the MSAT:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
SPMD 4805 Emergency Response 2
SPMD 5005 Foundations of Athletic Training 3
SPMD 5010 Clinical & Functional Anatomy in Athletic Training 2
Semester 2
SPMD 5050 Clinical Education I 3
SPMD 5120 Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab 4
SPMD 5180 Therapeutic Interventions I 4
Semester 3
SPMD 5150 Clinical Education II 3
SPMD 5220 Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab 4
SPMD 5280 Therapeutic Interventions II 4
SPMD 5510 Psychology of Sport 3
Second Year
Semester 1
SPMD 6010 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training 2
SPMD 5205 Evidence Based Practice 2
SPMD 5250 Immersive Clinical Experience 3
**SPMD 5250 Immersive Clinical Experience may be taken in any semester of the 2nd year following approval from the coordinator of clinical education
Semester 2
SPMD 6050 Clinical Education III 3
SPMD 6280 General Medical Conditions & Therapeutic Medications 4
SPMD 6020 Evaluation of the Head, Neck, Spine and Torso 3
SPMD 6005 Athletic Training Research I 2
Semester 3
SPMD 6150 Clinical Education IV 3
SPMD 6110 Professional Preparation 3
SPMD 6999 Capstone Project I 3
 Total Credits60