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A Master’s program for DRIVEN students

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program exists to provide an effective and interactive learning environment for individuals pursuing a career in athletic training. The program is committed to preparing high caliber graduates equipped to provide quality health care to physically active populations. 


The UWO Athletic Training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE program information and outcomes can be found here.  Additional UW Oshkosh program outcome data can be found here.

Graduates with this degree will be prepared and eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC)  examination. In order to practice as an athletic trainer, a student must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program and pass the BOC examination.

Graduates from this degree program will primarily work in the following settings within athletic training: 


  • High school athletics
  • College and university athletics
  • Professional sports
  • Rehabilitation clinics/programs
  • Clinic/outreach services
  • Physician practice settings
  • Industrial medicine

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Year 1 - Summer (10 cr.)

KIN 610 – Introduction and Orientation to Clinical Skills (4 cr.) – 8 weeks

KIN 613 – Advanced Functional Anatomy (3 cr.) – 8 weeks

KIN 618 – Emergency Medical Conditions and Techniques (3 cr.) – 8 weeks

Year 1 - Fall (16 cr.)

KIN 741 – Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Lower Extremity (5 cr.) – first 7 weeks

KIN 742 – Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Upper Extremity (5 cr.) – second 7 weeks

KIN 780 – Athletic Training Clinical I (4 cr.) – 14 weeks

KIN 661 – Evidence-Based Medicine in Research I (2 cr.) – 3 weeks during January term (J-term)

Year 1 - Spring (14 cr.)

KIN 745 – Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Head, Spine, and Abdomen (5 cr.) – first 7 weeks

KIN 746 – Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of General Medical Conditions (5 cr.) – second 7 weeks

KIN 781 – Athletic Training Clinical II (4 cr.) – 14 weeks

Year 2 - Summer (6 cr.)

KIN 783 – Athletic Training Clinical III – (Emerging Settings) (3 cr.) – 8 weeks

KIN 796 – Independent Study (for Additional Certification) (3 cr.) – 8 weeks

Year 2 - Fall (8 cr.)

KIN 784 – Athletic Training Clinical IV – (Immersive) (5 cr.)  – 14 weeks

KIN 720 – Administrative Practices (3 cr.) – online 14 weeks


Year 2 - Spring (11 cr.)

KIN 710 – Transition to Professional Practice (3 cr.) – 1st 7 weeks

KIN 785 – Athletic Training Clinical V (4 cr.) – 14 weeks

KIN 761 – Evidence-Based Medicine in Research II (2 cr.) – 14 weeks

Nursing 703 – Clinical Prevention and Population Health (IPE) (3 cr.) – online 14 weeks

Admission To The Graduate Program

Students interested in studying athletic training at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh must complete the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree in order to become certified and licensed to practice. Undergraduate students at UW Oshkosh are encouraged to complete the Rehabilitation Science major in preparation for the graduate MSAT program. 

Students will apply to the MSAT graduate program during their senior year of an undergraduate program or post-graduation. Formal application is done through the UW Oshkosh online application, which can be found on the Graduate School website. 

Admissions applications are considered as they come in, but any applicant with their materials completed prior to December 1st each year will be reviewed for Priority Admissions Decisions.  Those not receiving priority decisions or not able to complete the application before then will evaluated as they are processed.

Prospective MSAT Students must submit the following documents to Graduate Studies to be considered for admission to the MSAT program: 


MS in Athletic Training Prerequisites

Students applying to the MSAT program must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA in addition to having completed specific prerequisite undergraduate courses (catalog numbers at UW Oshkosh given for reference):

  • Biology (with lab) (BIO 105)
  • Human Anatomy (with lab) (BIO 211)
  • Human Physiology (with lab) (BIO 212)
  • Chemistry (with lab) (CHEM 105 or CHEM 101)
  • Physics (with lab) (PHYS 171 or PHYS 191)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Exercise Physiology (KIN 350)
  • Nutrition (KIN 351)
  • Statistics course (MATH 201 or PSY 203)  or  Research Techniques/Design (KIN 368)
  • Biomechanics (KIN 340)  or  Applied Anatomy/Kinesiology (KIN 173)


Students must earn a C or better in all of these courses in order to qualify for admission to the Master’s program, along with an overall 2.75 minimum in all undergraduate courses.


All athletic training students in the MSAT program will meet with an MSAT faculty member for academic and career advising once admitted.


A student’s clinical experiences comprise an important part of their tenure in the MSAT program. The clinical education sequence includes five semesters of clinical placements.

As their clinical experiences progress, students are given increased responsibility as they acquire and perfect clinical skills, including experiencing the life of a full-time athletic trainer during the KIN 784: Immersive Clinical experience.

Students engaged in the clinical education component of the athletic training program are required to abide by the program’s clinical expectations.

Clinical education opportunities may occur at the following clinical sites:

Affiliated Sites
  • Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine – Appleton, WI
  • Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh, WI
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Appleton, WI
  • Ascension Sports Medicine – Appleton, WI
  • Employer Solutions
  • Mercy Medical Center – Oshkosh, WI
  • ThedaCare Orthopedic Care and Regional Medical Centers – Neenah, WI & Appleton, WI)
  • UW Oshkosh Athletics
  • Lawrence University
  • Green Bay Blizzard
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
  • Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Alliance Laundry
  • Waupaca Foundry
  • Bellin Health Titletown – Green Bay, WI
  • Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine – Green Bay, WI
  • St. Norbert College
  • Spine and Sport Physical Therapy – Waupaca, WI
  • Bellin Run and Bellin Women’s Half Marathon
  • Door County Triathlon
Affiliated High Schools
  • Appleton East High School
  • Appleton West High School
  • Appleton North High School
  • Brillion High School
  • Fox Valley Lutheran High School
  • Freedom High School
  • Hortonville High School
  • Kimberly High School
  • Menasha High School
  • Neenah High School
  • New London High School
  • Oshkosh North High School
  • Oshkosh West High School
  • Seymour High School
  • Winneconne High School
  • Wrightstown High School
  • Xavier High School

Clinical Experience Prerequisites

Prior to beginning their clinical experience, students must complete and maintain the following:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • CPR/AED certification
  • Immunizations {HBV immunity or declination, TB test (within 1 year), MMR immunity, Varicella immunity, COVID vaccine or waiver, DPT, Tetanus (current within ten years)}
  • Blood borne pathogen training
  • Criminal background checks


Additional Costs

Students in the program will incur the following costs: clinical clothing, a fanny pack or shoulder pack for taping supplies, immunizations (influenza annually), a TB test each year, background checks (possibly once a year), and travel costs to/from clinical sites.

For more information on program requirements take a look at the Athletic Training program manual.