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Master of Athletic Training

Degree Requirements

Students enter the Master of Arts in Athletic Training Program with foundational knowledge in human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and statistics. The program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as to current Carthage Allied Health Science majors. 

For the pre-professional phase of the 3+2 Master of Arts in Athletic Training program, undergraduate Carthage students will declare an allied health science major. Allied health science provides an interdisciplinary and liberal arts foundation to recognize and understand key theories and concepts associated with health, wellness, and pathophysiological conditions, preparing students for admission into the professional phase.

Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of basic sciences and scientific reasoning; demonstrate a broad understanding of anatomy and physiology; present information in a clear, logical, and critical presentation in both oral and written formats; and gain the foundational knowledge required to continue graduate-level studies.

The Professional Phase occurs over summer, fall, J-Term, and spring. Students will receive a summer break from June through July and a winter break during the traditional December holiday break.

Students must provide proof of completion within the past five years, earning a letter grade of “C” or better, in the following courses: statistics, kinesiology or biomechanics, exercise physiology, human anatomy with lab (two courses), biology, chemistry with lab (two courses), physics, and psychology.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the program chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Pre-Professional Phase


  • AHS 1020 Introduction to Health Care Professions (2 cr.)
  • AHS 3080 Structural Kinesiology (4 cr.)
  • BIO 1010 Concepts of Biology (4 cr.)
  • BIO 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I (4 cr.)
  • BIO 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional II (4 cr.)
  • CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4 cr.)
  • CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 cr.)
  • EXS 4050 Physiology of Exercise (4 cr.)
  • EXS 2330 Applied Statistics for Health & Human Services (4 cr.)
  • PHY 2100 Physics I (4 cr.)
  • PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 cr.)


During this phase, students also must complete Jump Start Experiences, faculty- and mentor-led activities that familiarize them with the profession of athletic training.

Students seeking admission into the professional phase of the 3+2 program should submit a secondary application by Sept. 15 of their junior year. Those who are accepted enroll in graduate-level courses to fulfill institutional credit requirements during their senior year. Students not accepted into the program will collaborate with their advisors to pursue another major. 

The Professional Phase

Required courses – take all (65 credits):

ATH 5400 Principles of Athletic Training (4 credits)
ATH 5401 Traditional Athletic Training Experience I (2 credits)
ATH 5101 Practicum I (1 credit)
ATH 5110 Clinical Skills I (4 credits)
ATH 5201 Practicum II (2 credits)
ATH 5210 Clinical Skills II (4 credits)
ATH 5439 Health Care Informatics (2 credits)
ATH 5440 Emergency Medical Response (4 credits)
ATH 5469 Evidence-Based Practice of Health Care (4 credits)
ATH 5420 Psychological Aspects in Athletic Training (2 credits)
ATH 5461 General Medical Conditions (4 credits)
ATH 5501 Traditional Athletic Training Experience II (2 credits)
ATH 5080 Administration in Athletic Training (2 credits)
ATH 5130 Therapeutic Interventions I (4 credits)
ATH 5250 Pharmacologic Agents in Athletic Training (2 credits)
ATH 5301 Practicum III (2 credits)
ATH 5310 Clinical Skills III (4 credits)
ATH 5731 Therapeutic Interventions II (4 credits)
ATH 5851 Immersive Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training (4 credits)
ATH 5666 Health and Fitness Principles (4 credits)
ATH 5990 Capstone in Athletic Training (4 credits)

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the program chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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