Master of Science in Athletic Training | Cumberland University

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers are the front-line professionals dealing specifically with the active patient population as well as patients within other areas as needed. The program consists of various academic and clinical education experiences. Not only will athletic training students be exposed to numerous academic challenges but, as a part of the clinical education program, they will also be involved in the daily delivery of healthcare to the intercollegiate athletes at Cumberland University as well as patients in alternate settings.

General Information

The Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training as both a 3+2 Year Program and a 2-Year Program. In both programs students will gain the knowledge and practical experience needed to prepare for a career as an athletic trainer. Students receive professional hands-on experience with Cumberland University Athletics, area physical therapy clinics, area high schools,  and other clinical sites affiliated with the MSAT program.

Degree Options

3 + 2 Program

This program is intended for undergraduate students that are either freshman or transfer students. Upon the completion of the 5-year program, the student will have a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (BS in EXSS) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). When applying for admission students select Exercise Science as the program of study and Pre-Athletic Training as their emphasis.

The Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science will be granted after completion of the 4th year. All students will have completed the general education core (GEC 43-44 hours) and the Exercise and Sport Science major requirements by the end of the 3rd year (95 hours – 43 GEC, 7 required statistics and science, 45 required EXSS). Students will apply to the MSAT program through Graduate Admissions the Spring of the 3rd year (deadline April 1st) and graduate program before the Fall of their 4th year. The remaining 28 credit hours required for the Bachelor in EXSS will be earned through the graduate athletic training courses earned during the 4th year (Fall and Spring). The 5th year consists of 33 total credit hours (Summer, Fall, and Spring).

The MSAT is a 2-year consecutive program (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) that requires continuous enrollment. AT students will engage in a few common courses with other graduate students in Exercise and Sport Science.

2-Year Program

Program Mission

The mission of Cumberland University Athletic Training (AT) Program is to prepare students for the profession of athletic training by providing knowledge and clinical experience necessary for continued growth within their desired career path.

Clinical Rotations

Students will be assigned responsibilities based upon their demonstrated knowledge, clinical skills, past responsibilities and experiences, and semester evaluations as determined by the Athletic Training Program faculty. The AT Program is non-discriminatory with clinical rotations with respect to race, color, creed, religion, ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or other unlawful basis. Every attempt will be made to meet the individual needs of each student. Experiences may be varied based on the past responsibilities and experiences, and the future career goals of the specific student.



Cumberland University is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.


Contact MSAT Program Director

Dr. Katie Arnold
(615) 547-1334