MS Athletic Training

MS Athletic Training

Program Administrators and Advisors

Robert Sterner, Ph.D., ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program
(856) 256-4500, ext. 53767

Douglas Mann, DPE, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator
(856) 256-4500, ext. 53706

Erin Pletcher, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Training Faculty
(856) 256-4500 ext 53704 

Laurie Dwyer, MS
Academic Advisor
(856) 256-4500 ext 65835


The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that the entry-level degree to enter into the Athletic Training profession will move from a Bachelor's to a Master's degree by 2022. Thus, eventually without a Master's degree a student will not be able to sit for the national Board of Certification Exam, which is the gatekeeper to practicing within the Athletic Training profession. Rowan University is pleased to announce that it has developed an MSAT curriculum.

Please read options below to direct students to the appropriate program:

1.  All prospective students and undergraduate transfers applying to Rowan Uviersity following the Fall 2018 semester, please click on  Future MSAT link to the left

2.  All students that entered the Pre-Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program in the Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 semesters are required to complete the 5 year Master's Program.

Program Description (for students entering in the Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 semesters only. All others please go to Future MSAT Link)
The MSAT has a unique curriculum. It is a 5 year Master's Program, in that there will be no Bachelor's degree associated with this program. The previous BSAT structure will continue to be a part of the proposed MSAT, in that many of the courses, Professional Phase application process, benchmark exams and clinical experiences will remain a part of the MSAT. A student will start this Master's program beginning their freshman year as part of the Pre-professional Phase and finish in the 5th year as part of the Professional Phase of the Program. The purpose of this model is so that students will pay undergraduate tuition for the 5th year of graduate classes.

Students apply to the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program in the spring of their sophomore year. Once admitted to the Professional Phase of the program, the student will make a 3 year commitment to the Professional Phase of the program to obtain the MSAT, rather than only two as seen in the previous Bachelor's degree. Students will transition into advanced level (graduate) courses beginning spring of their 4th year. Most of the graduate level classes will be taken the summer between the 4th and 5th year. In the 5th academic year, students will complete two full semester immersive clinical experiences within the newly developed courses Fellowship in Athletic Training I and II, respectively. Students will also be required to complete a thesis project during the 5th year prior to graduation. This makes the MSAT a 2 plus 3 design.

Click Here for Guidelines for Athletic Participation (pdf)


The mission of the RUATP is to provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment for the professional preparation of students so that they not only master the competencies and proficiencies needed to become an entry-level certified athletic trainer, but are equipped to be at a level of competency and professionalism which puts them among the most proficient graduates in the country.

Program Goals

The main goal is to  graduate exceptional Athletic Training candidates from the MSAT. The previous BSAT continually challenged students to strive for excellence by maintaining high standards for graduation. Outcome assessment data has historically indicated that the previous BSAT prepared students "equall"y or "better than" other Athletic Training programs. The MSAT will continue to honor this tradition of excellence.

The previous BSAT prepared students to take and pass the Board of Certification Exam which is needed to practice in the Allied Health Care Profession of Athletic Training. This is at the forefront of every CAATE accredited program. The previous BSAT had a six year aggregate first time pass rate of 100% on this exam (national average pass rate is 80%). Consequently, the MSAT will strive to continue this excellent pass rate.

An additional goal for the MSAT is to provide students with advanced clinical education experiences. There is national data to support that undergraduate students sometimes lack the clinical expertise necessary to enter the profession at the Bachelor's entry-level. The previous BSAT only allowed for two years of supervised clinical education within a limited geographical area before students graduated. The MSAT will offer advanced clinical experiences at affiliated locations throughout the state, national and international level. These opportunities will enhance a student's clinical expertise above that of the BSAT level, thereby making them much more salable in the job market. In fact, the MSAT is specifically designed to allow students in their 5th year to complete clinical education experiences without the distraction of classes.

Goals of the Program

The goals of the RUATP program are fourfold:

  1. to challenge students to become competent athletic trainers.
  2. to instruct students in the principles of Professional practice.
  3. to challenge students to continue to become involved in scholarly and professional activities.
  4. to challenge students to think and make critical and responsible personal and professional judgments.


The objectives of the program are:

  1. to prepare students to pass the BOC, Inc Exam
  2. to prepare students to be highly competent Athletic Trainers
  3. to prepare students to complete and publish a research project.
  4. to prepare students to become involved in the Athletic Training Profession.

Faculty and Staff Commitment to Athletic Training Students

The faculty and staff are devoted to maintaining the standard of academic and clinical excellence long associated with the RUATP program. All educators, both academic and clinical, are dedicated to exceeding the standards established by CAATE so that students become a competent and well-rounded Athletic Trainer. Furthermore, the RUATP program is committed to maintaining the objectives and philosophies in line with those established by the Department of Health and Exercise Science, the College of Education, and Rowan University. The faculty and staff are therefore fully dedicated:

1. to striving to be fair and consistent in the administration of the policies, procedures, and regulations which govern the RUATP.
2. to establishing admissions criteria which are consistent with the program's mission and goals.
3. to establishing retention criteria which are consistent with the program's mission and goals.
4. to monitoring student progress in the program using retention criteria, academic evaluations, and clinical evaluations as a means to provide an opportunity for students to develop as professionals and individuals.
5. to orienting students to the NATA Code of Ethics so they can develop the appropriate standards of practice expected of Athletic Trainers.
6. to providing students with direct supervision and guidance in order to facilitate the application of theory into the clinical practice of Athletic Training.
7. to fostering and encouraging the development of professional relationships and leadership skills necessary for the practice of Athletic Training.
8. to providing an environment for the development of each student's potential both professionally and personally.
9. to achieve student success on the Board of Certification examination and job placements that exceeds national normative data.

Potential Additional Costs:

The Athletic Training Program will require some additional costs above the standard tuition, fees and books. These costs may include but are not limited to:

  1. Professional Memberships
    Students will be conditionally accepted into the Professional Phase at the conclusion of the application process. All students MUST become NATA student members by May 1 of their application year to be fully accepted into the Professional Phase of the Program. Students must also maintain this membership during their progress through the Athletic Training Program. Cost will depend on NATA membership fees. Please see for membership applications.
  2. Travel
    Students can expect to be given a clinical assignment that will require them to travel to an off-campus affiliated clinical to obtain their clinical education under the direct supervision of an Athletic Trainer. All fees associated with this travel (ie, gas, food, etc) are the responsibility of the student. Students can expect to be given an off-campus for a total of 1-2 semesters. All attempts will be made so that students are not given off-campus clinical assignments on consecutive semesters.
  3. Professional Polo Shirts
    Students will be given one polo shirt when entering the professional phase. All additional professional clothing purchases are the responsibility of the student.
  4. Professional Equipment (Optional)
    Students may choose to acquire a side kit for on-field needs. If the student chooses to purchase a side-kit, the student is responsible for the costs to supply equipment (ie, scissors, airways, resuscitation masks, etc). Supplies (ie, gauze pads, ace wraps, band aids, etc) will be provided by the assigned clinical site.
  5. Professional Conferences
    Attending professional conferences is highly encouraged by the Athletic Training Program. A partial reimbursement program has been established through the Athletic Training Club. The student must be an active member of the club in order to receive any reimbursements for going to professional conferences. The left over balance for the conference is the responsibility of the student.
  6. ATrack Subscription                                                                                                                All students will be required to purchase a subscription to ATrack software once accepted into the Professional Phase of the program.