The MSAT at the University of Virginia is an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Please refer to . This 24-month, year-round program is designed to exceed the CAATE standards. It provides instruction, clinical, and research experiences to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. Emphasis is placed on didactic coursework, mentored clinical experience, with opportunities for students to pursue scholarly achievements. Students who successfully complete a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. BOC certification (ATC) establishes the entry-level credential to work as an athletic trainer. This is an intensive, practical based program with classes 2 days per week and clinical site work 3 days per week and on weekends as applicable (e.g. sporting events).