Certified athletic trainers are key members of health care teams, providing medical
care to physically active populations in a variety of clinical settings. Towson University’s
master’s program in athletic training meets national accreditation standards that
require a graduate-level curriculum for athletic trainers.
In high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, corporate
and industrial sites, and sports medicine clinics, athletic trainers manage patient
injuries and medical conditions. The athletic trainer specializes in injury prevention
and evaluation, as well as the management of rehabilitation programs in physically
The master’s in athletic training program is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.
Students examine the process and effect of human movement from an anatomical, physiological
and biomechanical perspective – as well as a philosophical, psychological, sociological
and historical perspective – so they can develop the skills necessary to become certified athletic trainers.
This 60-unit graduate degree includes 30 units of didactic and theory coursework,
12 units of on-campus laboratory coursework, and 18 credits of clinical coursework
that are completed over two years of full-time study. During the final term, a 9-unit
immersive clinical experience will focus on comprehensive patient-centered care. View
degree requirements, course descriptions and learning outcomes.
Applying to the Program
New students will be accepted into the master’s program beginning in summer 2021. Admission requires students to have completed coursework in biology, anatomy and
physiology, chemistry, physics, statistics, nutrition, biomechanics, public health
and psychology. Read about admission requirements and deadlines.
Individuals who successfully complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training are
eligible to challenge the national Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) exam during the final semester of coursework. The BOC establishes both the
standards for practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements
for certified athletic trainers. Prior to employment as an athletic trainer, an individual
would need to not only pass the BOC exam but also obtain the proper state credential.
Classes are taught by full-time faculty who have years of experience in the field.
Extensive Clinical Experience
The program includes a variety of clinical experiences, including on- and off-site
intercollegiate clinical experiences, public and private secondary schools, and orthopedic
and general health care offices. These experiences provide opportunities for students
to apply their theoretical knowledge of athletic training as it relates to clinical