Top 10 Reasons to Get a Master’s in Athletic Training

It’s an important question to ask: Should you consider graduate school to study athletic training? If so, what can you do with an athletic training master’s degree?

At California University of Pennsylvania, we’re confident that investing in our hybrid (on-campus and online) athletic training master’s degree can open up many new opportunities to enhance your professional life and career trajectory. Studying athletic training at the master’s level prepares you for certification and qualifies you for exciting jobs, a solid career and your own personal growth.  

Here are the top 10 reasons to get a masters in Athletic Training– and choose Cal U:

  1. Sharpen your knowledge: Your goal is to be one of the best athletic trainers in the field. This is your calling, and earning your master’s degree in athletic training at Cal U will take you to the next level of expertise: You’ll develop clinical skills in areas such as casting, manual therapies, therapeutic interventions, pharmacology and advanced sports nutrition. Students also complete two cadaver dissection courses, which provide a foundational understanding of human anatomy.
  1. Get real experience. Each semester, you will take part in a variety of clinical education experiences. For instance, in the second year of Cal U's master's degree program in athletic training, students engage in clinical immersion at a wide variety of affiliated sites. Potential sites include the NFL, NBA, Disney Wide World of Sports and UPMC Health Systems, among others. Through these experiences, you’ll gain hands-on clinical experience in athletic training as you work toward completing your master’s degree.
  2. Meet the standard. By 2022, anyone seeking certification in athletic training will be required to hold a graduate-level degree. Students who complete Cal U's M.S. in Athletic Training will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam, the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, to obtain athletic training certification. A successful candidate then has the ability to obtain a state medical license to practice as an athletic trainer.
  3. Choose to specialize. Athletic training students who complete the course ATE 750, Orthopedic Appliances: Casting and Bracing, will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals to become a Registered Orthopedic Technologist (ROT).
  4. Benefit from hybrid learning: Athletic training students in Cal U’s hybrid master's degree program take some courses on campus, including clinical skills labs and two cadaver anatomy dissection courses. In the fall semester of your second year, all your athletic training classes are delivered online, allowing for more clinical education engagement. Plan to complete this graduate degree program in two academic years plus two summer sessions.
  1. Combine training and research. Students in the athletic training master's degree program have access to athletic training facilities in Cal U's Hamer Hall, Convocation Center, Adamson Stadium and Phillipsburg soccer complex. Athletic training equipment includes a Biodex isokinetic system, a SwimEx therapy pool, and other modalities and therapeutic exercise equipment.

    Athletic training students have multiple opportunities to engage in scholarly research, including completing a research project capstone or thesis, and to apply for grant funding and/or submit research for publication or presentation.
  1. Expand career options: The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) reports that athletic trainers are in demand at a wide range of businesses, organizations, schools, healthcare settings and more, including:
      1. Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports.
      2. Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities.
      3. Physician practices.
      4. Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers.
      5. Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy.
      6. Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics.
      7. Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military.
      8. Professional performing arts organizations (such as the Rockettes or Pittsburgh Ballet Company), and collegiate-level dance and music programs.
  1. Build a professional network. Throughout this graduate degree program, you'll study with highly qualified, well-trained faculty members who become your resources in your future career. While you’re completing your master’s degree in athletic training, you’ll also engage in clinical education rotations with groups ranging from Cal U intercollegiate athletics and club sports to athletic teams at local high schools and colleges. Networking opportunities are available through alumni gatherings, professional events and the Athletic Training Student Organization.
  1. Create a solid future: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for certified athletic trainers is expected to grow 22% through 2024, as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries and Americans remain active as they age.

    You’ll be part of a widely respected profession. Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventive care, emergency response and clinical examination and diagnosis of injuries, along with therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation services. Athletic training is recognized as an allied healthcare profession by the American Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  1. Help others. Studying athletic training introduces you to many opportunities to help other people. Depending on your career choices after you earn your master’s degree in athletic training, you’ll be ready to work with a wide range of people from college athletes and active duty military to professional dancers and public safety officials.

Build a stronger future by earning your master’s in athletic training at Cal U. Apply now!

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