Trevor Roiger, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
Intramural Building 116, Box 2203
The South Dakota State University Master of Science in Athletic Training (AT) Program aspires to prepare engaged practitioners and contemporary leaders of athletic training. Through the cultivation of a learning environment implementing innovative and best practice pedagogies, the program exists to challenge students to become reflective, professional, and ethical practitioners dedicated to improving patients’ quality of life. The overall goals of the program are to provide students with knowledge and experiences which improve the depth and breadth of professional competency in athletic training, enhance written and oral communication abilities, and promote an appreciation for the ways research can inform practice, and/or prepare students for advanced study in the field.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training prepares students for entry into clinical practice as licensed athletic trainers. The program is two years in length and includes coursework in the summer between the first and second professional years. In addition to completing the courses required for the curriculum, students must successfully complete clinical experiences under the supervision of preceptors who are appropriately credentialed health care professionals. Clinical experiences will include working with a variety of patients in high schools, colleges/universities, sports medicine clinics, and medical and rehabilitation clinics. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to challenge the national certifying examination for athletic trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC).
Each year the Master of Science in AT program admits (1) new cohort of students who begin their plan of study during the Fall semester. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. For initial consideration, students must be admitted into Graduate School at SDSU. To complete their eligibility for admission, candidates must also complete a secondary selective admissions application specifically for the AT program.
Students enrolled in the Athletic Training program must pay for a background check before they can be placed at any of the clinical sites. Approximate cost of the background check is $75.00.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to challenge the national certifying examination for athletic trainers through the Board of Certification. The Master of Science in Athletic Training at South Dakota State University was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in August, 2008. As a professional degree program, it is not designed for individuals who already have a degree in Athletic Training or are eligible for certification in Athletic Training.
Course Delivery Format
The program consists of lecture, laboratory, and experiential learning opportunities.
Student Support and Engagement Opportunities
The Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences aims to provide premier academic programs and high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students.