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Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

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Program Mission

The mission of the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Kentucky is to effectively prepare entry-level athletic trainers, who are life-long learners and servants to their communities, for employment and/or pursuit of advanced education by providing a comprehensive education in a collaborative, evidence-based, patient-centered environment that includes robust educational, scholarly, clinical, and service opportunities.

Program Goals

  1. Develop entry-level athletic trainers who are knowledgeable and effective team members in their respective places of employment.
  2. Evaluate teaching effectiveness annually and intentionally.
  3. Provide clinical education opportunities with a variety of patient care settings to promote cultural understanding to foster healthcare delivery.
  4. Evaluate clinical education and experiences to ensure opportunities for student exposure and growth.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the basis of human musculoskeletal function.
  2. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  3. Incorporate the best available evidence, patient and clinician-based outcomes, clinical expertise and patient specific contextual factors in healthcare delivery.
  4. Recognize the importance of and function effectively as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.
  5. Integrate health promotion and prevention strategies into care and service to individuals and to the community.

The most up to date version of the UK PMATP Handbook can be found here.

Accreditation Information

The University of Kentucky is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2021. Submission of the self-study and completion of the site visit in early Spring 2022 does not guarantee the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Most states require athletic trainers to have a state license. License requirements vary by state, but most states require that the BOC national certification be earned. This certification requires
graduation from a CAATE accredited program. Due to our accreditation status,  it cannot currently be determined whether the Professional M.S. in Athletic Training meets the educational requirements needed to obtain a Kentucky athletic training license. Before enrolling, students should learn more about whether the Athletic Training programs meet licensure requirements in Kentucky and all states where they may be interested in pursuing licensure.

Update on Pass/Fail Grades for Spring Semester 2020 Prerequisite Courses:

Many undergraduate institutions have moved to an online instruction model and Pass/Fail grading for the Spring semester 2020.   The University of Kentucky Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program understands these changes are in response to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Kentucky Master of Science in Athletic Training Program will accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework completed in the Spring semester of 2020. 




Program Contact

Johanna M. Hoch, PhD, ATC
Office: 206A Charles T Wethington Building
Phone: 859-323-7070

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