Pacific's Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a full-time cohort (team) model graduate program located in Stockton that consists of 60 units taught over two years, beginning with a 10-week summer session and pre-season internship the second summer. You will learn through extensive hands-on experiences with athletes and excellent classroom and laboratory instruction from experienced, caring faculty. The program will prepare you to become a highly qualified health care professional who collaborates with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation for athletes and patients, and pass the national certification examination.
Extensive hands-on experience with Division I, Community College, and High School athletes
University of the Pacific’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has received the maximum initial accreditation of five years through the 2024-2025 academic year.
The mission of the Athletic Training Program is to empower students to become disciplined, self-reliant, responsible leaders in their careers and communities by providing superior hands-on, student-centered learning experiences and professional education in athletic training.
The goals of the Athletic Training Program are to graduate students:
- Who integrate knowledge and skills into safe competent clinical practice
- Who Communicate effectively
- With Clinical Reasoning skills
- Who incorporate Evidence-based Practice
- With Professional Leadership skills
Integrate knowledge and skills: Within the five (5) practice domains, perform tasks critical for the safe and competent practice as an entry-level Athletic Trainer
- Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
- Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Therapeutic Intervention
- Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
Communicate Effectively: Incorporate appropriate and effective written and oral communication when interacting with athletes/patients, family members, coaches, administrators, other healthcare professionals, consumers, payors, policy makers and/or employers.
Clinical Reasoning: Assimilate information to form a diagnosis and plan of care, with on-going assessment to adjust care, while reflecting and learning from the process.
Evidence-based Practice: Integrate the best available research evidence with clinical expertise, patient values and circumstances to make decisions about the care of individual athletes/patients.
Professional Leadership: Establish effective interactions and collaborations with athletic trainers, physicians, and other health care professionals in a manner that optimizes the quality of individual athlete/patient care and appropriately promotes the profession of athletic training.
Required Prerequisite Courses
The equivalent to one undergraduate 3.0 unit course is require for each of the courses listed below.
- Kinesiology or Biomechanics
- Exercise Physiology
Preferred Prerequisite Courses
The following course will strengthen a candidate's application, but are not required for admission.
- Athletic Training
- Research methods
- Medical terminology
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
Pacific Athletic Training alumni are currently working for the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Oregon State University, Washington State University, and various other colleges.
Your career path could be in a variety of settings:
- High school and college
- Professional and Olympic sports
- Doctor's offices and hospitals
- Sports medicine, rehab, fitness and wellness clinics
- Military, police and fire departments
- Industrial and Performing arts
Year, full-time program
weeks, full-time clinical experience
What makes Pacific's Master of Science in Athletic Training Program unique?
- Extensive hand-on clinical experience in a variety of settings
- AT courses taught by practicing athletic trainers
- Close contact with faculty in the classroom and clinical settings
- Attend Athletic Training conferences
- Annual Athletic Training Students' Award Banquet
University of the Pacific health exercise and sport sciences alumnus Ernest DeLosAngeles ’14 was recently appointed as the head performance coach for Team Ignite of the NBA's G League. This appointment is a milestone in DeLosAngeles’ career in athletics, which began in his hometown of Stockton.
Read our Admissions information for everything you need to know about prerequisites, how to apply, and more.
Pacific’s Athletic Training faculty and staff are here for you.
We take a hands on approach with our students. This means we want to get to know you throughout your discovery and application process. Apply now to become part of the Pacific Athletic Training family.
The Program is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services and employment practices. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, such decisions will be made irrespective of the individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any other status protected by law. For further information, please see the University’s policy
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