Kinesiology

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a 2-year, 6-semester, 64-unit, professional program dedicated to the development of high-quality healthcare professionals. Our program begins in the summer of each academic year. Please review the Academic Curriculum for semester-by-semester requirements. 

This program commits itself to providing a high-quality education in order to prepare students for a career as a certified athletic trainer through developing cognitive skills, psychomotor mastery, and affective values in evidence-based practice and through prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility in the field of athletic training.

The MSAT features a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills through case-based learning. Students are required to complete a diversity of clinical experiences which include high schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges, rehabilitation clinics, and physician practice settings. To be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, both the didactic and clinical components of the MSAT must be successfully completed.

The Athletic Training Program at California State University, Northridge is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our MSAT program has been approved by the California State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Office as the state-support Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, effective the summer of 2021. Our substantive change request for change in degree document will be submitted to the CAATE by December 1, 2022.

For more information regarding the MSAT, please contact the MSAT Program Director, Dr. KyungMo Han.

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Missions/Program Goals/Objectives

Mission Statement of MSAT

The mission of the California State University, Northridge MSAT program is to prepare students to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions, and to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination successfully and become certified athletic trainers in the profession.

MSAT Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  Provide high-quality professional athletic training education.

Objective 1.1: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will provide athletic training students with the required knowledge and skills to become confident entry-level certified athletic trainers.
Objective 1.2: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will provide up-to-date quality instruction in athletic training didactic courses and clinical education.

Goal 2:  Assess students' mastery of athletic training educational competencies and clinical integration proficiencies throughout the program.

Objective 2.1: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will evaluate athletic training students’ mastery of professional competencies delineated by the BOC for entry-level athletic trainers throughout the curriculum.
Objective 2.2: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will evaluate Athletic Training students learning over time progression.

Goal 3:  Maintain and continue the program accreditation by the Commissionon Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Objective 3.1: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will prepare Athletic Training students to meet or exceed a 3-year aggregate of 70% first-time pass rate on the BOC examination.
Objective 3.2: Athletic Training faculty and preceptors will demonstrate compliance with the CAATE Standards to maintain recognition as a CAATE-accredited professional athletic training program.

Goal 4:  Produce competent and proficient entry-level certified athletic trainers in the profession for diverse communities.

Objective 4.1: Athletic Training students will demonstrate mastery of professional competencies delineated by the BOC for entry-level athletic trainers throughout the curriculum.
Objective 4.2: Athletic Training students will demonstrate a commitment to practicing athletic training ethically and legally within the confines of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Practice in a variety of different professional settings.

Mission Statement of Department of Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is a learning-centered community, where students, faculty, and the community are at the forefront of the study of human movement. The department values and respects diversity, and its mission is to promote physical activity for personal expression and wellness throughout the lifespan. Students and faculty work together to intervene and improve the quality of life by studying the effects of acute and chronic exercise. Our core curriculum prepares students for studying the physiological, psychosocial, and artistic aspects of physical activity and sports performance.

Mission Statement of College of Health and Human Development

The College of Health and Human Development becomes a steward in transforming students, faculty, staff, and advising staff into social change agents centered on improving the quality of life and services across local, state, national, and world communities. Mission Statement of California State University, Northridge. California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values.

Mission Statement of California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values.