Athletic Training - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program will begin admitting students into the program starting Spring 2023 as they move curriculum to align with the change in licensure requirements. Interested students can contact the Athletic Training Program Director, Kim O'Connell.

The MSAT program at NMSU will consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework to be completed primarily in the home department of KinD at NMSU through both traditional and hybrid courses. The program provides a two (2) year comprehensive exposure to AT using a three-faceted approach. In developing the proposed MSAT curriculum for NMSU, the curricula of 18 other AT graduate level professional programs (see section 3.5 for a list of schools), along with CAATE educational standards, were reviewed to guide the current MSAT proposal. The three-faceted approach includes the following:

  1. In-class components that provide the theoretical and laboratory coursework background in the areas of injury prevention and care, injury evaluation and treatment, and therapeutic interventions of athletic injuries.
  2. Clinical components that provide a progressive approach with observation, integrative and immersive experiences in clinical settings both on and off-campus internships.
  3. A capstone component that will be the successful challenge of the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
Prefix Title Credits
Theoretical Coursework
SPMD 4805Emergency Response2
SPMD 5005Foundations of Athletic Training3
SPMD 6010 Complete Course Title Organization and Administration in Athletic Training2
SPMD 5205Evidence Based Practice2
SPMD 6005Athletic Training Research I2
SPMD 5310Inferential Statistics in Sports and Excercise Science3
SPMD 5510Psychology of Sport3
Clinical Coursework
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 & Therpeutic Medications3
SPMD 5180Therapeutic Interventions I4
SPMD 5280Therapeutic Interventions II4
SPMD 5050Clinical Education I3
SPMD 5150Clinical Education II3
SPMD 5250Clinical Education III3
SPMD 6050Clinical Education IV3
SPMD 6150Clinical Education V3
Capstone Coursework
SPMD 6110Professional Preparation3
Optional Electives
Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
Total Credits60

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 5005 Foundations of Athletic Training 3
SPMD 4805 Emergency Response 2
Semester 2
SPMD 5050 Clinical Education I 3
SPMD 5120 Lower Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab 4
SPMD 5180 Therapeutic Interventions I 4
SPMD 5310 Inferential Statistics in Sports and Excercise Science 3
Semester 3
SPMD 5150 Clinical Education II 3
SPMD 5220 Upper Extremity Injury Evaluation + Lab 4
SPMD 5280 Therapeutic Interventions II 4
SPMD 6005 Athletic Training Research I 2
Second Year
Semester 1
SPMD 6010 Complete Course Title Organization and Administration in Athletic Training 2
SPMD 5205 Evidence Based Practice 2
SPMD 5250 Clinical Education III 3
Semester 2
SPMD 6050 Clinical Education IV 3
SPMD 6280 General Medical Conditions & Therpeutic Medications 3
SPMD 6020 Evaluation of the Head, Neck, Spine and Torso 3
SPMD 5510 Psychology of Sport 3
Semester 3
SPMD 6150 Clinical Education V 3
SPMD 6110 Professional Preparation 3
 Total Credits60