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School of Health Professions > Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training > M.S. in Athletic Training
KU's master's degree in athletic training prepares students to begin a career as an athletic trainer. This two-year, six-semester program admits students with a bachelor's degree, and its graduates are prepared to successfully pass the board exam offered by the Board of Certification.
The University of Kansas is currently seeking accreditation for its new athletic training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022.
Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
The only athletic training program in the state of Kansas in an academic health center, KU's program offers students a dynamic learning experience. The advanced simulation environment of the Health Education Building provides students with the latest in interprofessional training guided by top faculty.
KU offers impressive clinical education opportunities for students. The program benefits from its strong relationships with the Division I sports teams at KU in Lawrence and The University of Kansas Health System partnerships which include the KC Chiefs professional football team, as well as hospital and outpatient clinics. It offers a broad spectrum of clinical experiences for students to work across K-12, collegiate, and professional levels of sports in the Kansas City metropolitan area and region.
Located at the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas, the program is uniquely positioned thanks to strong relationships with KU Health System and its main hospital located on campus. Students gain a distinct advantage from the didactic and clinical education opportunities available from the region's premier academic health center.
There are many opportunities locally; however, students may choose to travel to other locations for full-time athletic training clinical experiences during their second year in the program.
The athletic training degree program is one of more than 25 academic programs offered by the KU School of Health Professions. KU has a strong and pervasive focus on interprofessional education across the spectrum of these health care programs. Not only does the Health Education Building offer a state-of-the-art environment for interprofessional teaching and hands-on experiences, but the department's faculty have been instrumental in developing and implementing these student learning opportunities.
The mission of the KU athletic training degree program is to provide quality education through a variety of clinical education opportunities and didactic course work.
Athletic trainers are specialized health care providers. They collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to deliver preventative care, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation of injuries and other health conditions..
Traditional work settings for athletic trainers include supporting sports teams in college/university and elementary/secondary schools, in professional and other spectator sports, and in performing arts groups. Athletic trainers work in settings one might not automatically associate with the profession. These include physician practice, public safety, military, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.
Additional information related to the accreditation process and status is available from the program.