Become an Athletic Trainer

Do you want to learn more about Radford University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program?  Our 1st cohort begins June 2022.  We are holding virtual question and answer information sessions via Zoom throughout the Fall 2021 semester.  Please see below for MSAT Information Sessions and send a request at least 12 hours before the meeting times. 

Please email Dr. Sarah Rabe, EdD, LAT, ATC - MSAT Program Director for a Zoom Invitation.

Friday August 27, 2021 - 1-2pm
Monday August 30, 2021 - 5-6pm
Wednesday September 1, 2021 - 11-12pm
Friday September 3, 2021 - 1-2pm
Monday September 6, 2021 - 4-5pm 
Thursday, September 9, 6-7PM
Monday September 13, 12-1pm
Tuesday September 14, 6-7pm
Wednesday September 15, 6-7pm 
Monday September 20, 5-6PM
Wednesday September 22, 12-1PM
Tuesday September 28, 2-3PM
Thursday September 30, 4-5PM
Wednesday October 6, 9-10pm
Friday October 8, 4-5pm
Monday Oct 11, 3:30-4:30pm

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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:

  • All applicants should apply through the ATCAS Application System.
  • 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.

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MSAT Admissions Timeline

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 MSAT cohort. To be given full consideration in the admissions process, you must submit all required matierals by NOVEMBER 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.  NOTE: If there continues to be space available after the November 15 deadline, we will continue to accept applicants until the program is full.