The master’s degree program in Athletic Training (AT) is designed to accommodate both NATA certified athletic trainers and NATA “certification eligible” athletic trainers. The post-professional Program in Athletic Training represents the cooperative actions of the (1) UK College of Health Sciences (2) UK Department of Athletics (3) UK Sports Medicine Center, located in the UK Chandler Medical Center, and (4) the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, located in the College of Education. Course work and clinical experiences are designed to develop skills necessary to conduct research and increase proficiency in sports injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. It is a goal that graduates become: critical consumers of research and accepted clinical practices, advanced health care providers, and leaders in the clinical, educational, and research endeavors of the profession.
The Division of Athletic Training is housed in the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Rehabilitation Science within the UK Chandler Medical Center. Course work is provided through the Colleges of Health Sciences and Education. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Funding for the assistantships is provided through the UK Department of Athletics, local sports medicine clinics, and high schools.
The Master’s of Science (MS) degree will be awarded through the College of Health Sciences. The UK Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences, effective in the spring 2007 semester in December of 2006. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved the MS in Athletic Training May 21, 2007.
Students who are not NATA certified and/or have not met all NATA course and clinical prerequisites for eligibility to sit for the NATA/BOC certification examination must complete these requirements prior to admission to the post-professional program of study.