Program Description


The MSAT program provides students with knowledge and skills in content areas outlined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the CAATE. Academic coursework integrates the required professional knowledge competencies and the proficiencies of professional behaviors and practices to prepare students for a career in allied health care as a certified athletic trainer. Specific content areas include; evidence based practices; prevention and health promotion; clinical examination; acute care and rehabilitation; therapeutic interventions; psychosocial strategies; and healthcare administration. Students will engage in a dynamic, technology based curriculum designed to develop outstanding professionals who are prepared to the highest level.

MSAT students will obtain both traditional and immersive clinical education experiences at the collegiate and high school levels with a variety of individual and team sports. Students will have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on clinical experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor that will allow them to master skills required of the profession of athletic training. Clinical education sites may include the athletic training facilities at WSU, Saint Mary’s University, Rochester Community and Technical College, Winona Senior High

School and Rochester area high schools. Other clinical sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa may be utilized for immersion experiences as available and approved by University administration. Students will also gain valuable community-based medical experience at rehabilitation clinics, chiropractic clinics, physician offices, and occupational health clinics, including clinical sites at Winona Health and Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.