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Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training

masters in athletic training

Sideline support. On-field strength.

No matter the activity, injury is inevitable. When injuries happen, quality care should be inevitable as well. Certified athletic trainers (ATs) evaluate and treat sports and activity-related injuries under the supervision of a physician: medical doctor, osteopathic physician or chiropractor. Often, ATs are the first healthcare provider on the scene, running in from the sidelines to check out an injury, ready with appropriate care — from high school sports to college to professional sports.

Athletic trainers’ work isn’t restricted to sports. In addition to working with all level of athletes, ATs also provide healthcare and rehabilitation services in factories as part of Industrial Medicine, for the military and police officers as part of Tactile Medicine, and for artists and dancers as part of Performance Medicine. 

The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree at William Woods University will prepare you with the skills needed to work in any of these settings by focusing on building strong clinical skills through practicing manual (hands-on) examination and treatment methods.

Graduates will learn the skills of general medical screening, orthopedic examination, and therapeutic interventions — skills necessary to pursue a career in any of our practice settings ranging from the traditional (high school, college, or professional sports) to emerging settings (industrial medicine, performance medicine or as an athletic trainer in a physician office).

This program is not yet accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Athletic Training Special Opportunities

  • Gain hands-on experience with William Woods University athletic teams, working one-on-one with dedicated athletes — helping them recover and prevent future injuries
  • Enhance your study with clinical rotations through our own NAIA athletic programs as well as through nearby institutions in Missouri
  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Earn additional certifications to stand out upon entering the job market
  • Complete training in kinesiology taping and Graston Technique, and upon graduation and certification as an athletic trainer, be certified in each. These certifications are some of the most prestigious in the industry and better prepare our graduates to increase patient outcomes while also making them marketable candidates in the field
  • Join the Athletic Training Student Organization and participate in various leadership and educational opportunities with other students and professionals with similar goals
  • Learn from, and work with, professors who have real-world, sports medicine and clinical experience at all levels and professional settings that remain active in the profession
  • Grasp advanced understanding through innovative coursework, such as manual therapy which emphasizes hands-on treatments including massage, myofascial release and joint manipulations

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Athletic Training Career Opportunities

Our alumni have found careers working all over the country:

  • William Woods University - Fulton, MO
  • Westminster College – Fulton, MO
  • Lululemon – St Louis, MO
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Birmingham, AL
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare System – Hastings, NE
  • Greenlee Textron – Rockford, IL
  • BLM Wellness Center – Lacey, WA


My professors in the athletic training program were professional and personable. They took the time to get to know me and my learning style. They have the real-life experience to learn from, in addition to the book knowledge. They have inspired me to continue my education to attain my master's degree while working as a graduate assistant for Peak Performance Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Columbia, Missouri. I hope to one day inspire and encourage athletic training students in the same manner.

— Myra Belshe, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

It's a lot easier to go on job interviews when the entire athletic training faculty is rooting for you, and to do well on those interviews with the hands-on experience and unique education you receive at William Woods. You're not just getting a good education; you're getting a running start on your future with a lot of support, guidance and encouragement from professionals who have already been there.

— Kathryn Buehrle, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

William Woods University is a small enough university where I was able to balance a life and a degree program. The best part of being a student at a small university is being a person to the faulty and staff and not just a name on a role call list. The professors were always more than happy to help and they have set me up for the future by their willingness to answer any question I had, whether it was mastering a certain special test or taping job.

— Ashley Parisi, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training ‘17

William Woods is my happy place. I would not be where I am right now without the Woods. The athletic training program is personalized and relationship-based yet challenging and fun. My professors cared not only about me as their student but me and my goals as a person. Now with working as a practicing athletic trainer (AT) in the “real world”, I am confident in my knowledge, skills, and ability to succeed in my career. I owe all that to William Woods Athletic Training.

— Erin Strickland, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, ‘16


The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree at William Woods University consists of 159 distinct credit hours for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a sports medicine concentration and a Master of Science in Athletic Training — including 88 core major credits, 100 observation hours, and 800 clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor and more.

Potential majors will apply for the program in the spring semester of their junior year. This is a separate application process from the university consisting of a formal application, personal essay, two letters of reference, a formal interview with faculty and staff, as well as completion of the 100 observation hours.

For more information, please contact the program director at

Masters in Athletic Training Curriculum

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