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Post-Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training

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What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. (Courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association)

What careers or educational options can I pursue with an Athletic Training degree?
Athletic Training (AT) graduates are employed in University settings, High School/ Sport Medicine clinics, Professional Sports or pursue post-professional opportunities including residencies and academic doctorates.  

About the Post-Professional Program
The Post-Professional AT Program (PPATP) accommodates both Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainers and Board of Certification (BOC) “certification eligible” athletic trainers. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis after academic admission is determined. There is no separate application for graduate assistantships. Funding for the assistantships is provided through UK Athletics, local sports medicine clinics, high schools, and local colleges. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Phillip Gribble, Director of the Post-Professional program.

Future of Athletic Training Education at UK

The University of Kentucky has a long history of preparing and advancing Athletic Trainers for a successful career.  Our current post-professional master’s degree program for certified Athletic Trainers who wish to obtain advanced education and clinical experience is in good standing with the CAATE and will continue to operate as one of the premier post-professional programs in the country.  We encourage individuals that hold BOC credentials as an Athletic Trainer or are eligible to sit for the BOC examination to consider our program.
We are currently accepting applications to the post-professional program for the incoming class that will start fall 2019.
A recent mandate from the Strategic Alliance requires the entry-level degree in to the athletic training profession be at the master’s level.  At the University of Kentucky we are committed to improving opportunities for Athletic Trainers and have begun the process of seeking approval to offer new opportunities for professional Athletic Training programming at our institution.  We are excited about the future of exposing undergraduate students to pre-professional opportunities as well as preparing entry-level Athletic Trainers at the University of Kentucky.  Please use  the links on this page for information regarding the pre-Athletic Training track in the Human Health Sciences program and the professional master's degree in Athletic Training.  Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Johanna Hoch, Director of the Professional program.

Mission of the Division of Athletic Training
The mission of the Division of Athletic Training is to provide course work and clinical experiences that are designed to develop skills necessary to conduct research and increase proficiency in sports injury prevention, education, 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.