Become an Athletic Trainer

The purpose of the Athletic Training graduate program at Radford University is to provide students with the opportunity to earn a graduate degree in athletic training, which will allows students to sit for the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainer’s (BOC) examination. Athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health care professionals, and they are involved in the treatment of people of all ages. They prevent, assess, treat and provide rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, they are often first to provide immediate care and treatment of injury. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of physicians to provide health care for clients in multiple settings including high schools, universities, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and physician offices.  

Radford University’s athletic training program focuses on preparing students to become exceptional clinical athletic trainers in a variety of work settings.  As part of their preparation, students will complete two years of intensive clinical preparation.

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Overview of the Admissions Process

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:

  • Strong reasoning and writing skills
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or better, 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 3.00 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. Before beginning your application to the MSAT program, review this important information for prospective students.

MSAT Admissions Timeline

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 MSAT cohort. To be given full consideration in the admissions process, you must submit all required matierals by MARCH 15, 2021. Final candidates in the admissions process will be invited to participate in an interview with the MSAT Interview Panel. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, this interview may be conducted virtually.

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