Master of Science in Athletic Training

UNC Charlotte 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, 2020. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that 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.

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Applications will be reviewed beginning January 2nd each year.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at UNC Charlotte is to educate future athletic training professionals in the provision of high quality, culturally competent, evidence based care to improve health outcomes for physically active individuals and to advance healthcare understanding through research, scholarship, and service.


The UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Athletic Training program is a 60-hour program designed for students who want to become certified athletic trainers. The program is fully immersive, consisting of coursework and clinical rotations to give students the skills to become successful clinicians. Students will participate in six clinical rotations which are designed to have students learn the breadth of settings and patients athletic trainers work with.  The last rotation is a fully immersive rotation that can occur anywhere in the nation. 

Admission and Course Requirements

Program Handbook

Observational Evaluation Form

Why Choose Our Program?
  • The program is designed to best prepare you for success on the Board of Certification examination

  • Our faculty continuously achieves regional, state, and national recognition as experts in their field in teaching, scholarship and research. They provide you with the personal attention, instruction, guidance and the mentoring you need

  • The program has a wide variety of clinical opportunities to help you best prepare for future job opportunities 

  • The program will prepare you in evidence-based practice to help with clinical decision making 

  • State-of-the-art labs

Career Options

Past graduates of our program are currently employed with:

  • High schools and hospitals

  • Professional sports organizations


  • Colleges and Universities

  • UNC Charlotte athletics 

"Not only did UNC Charlotte prepare me for success immediately entering the workforce, it prepared me to continue to lead and cultivate my knowledge to further impact my community. The professors I had are leaders in their respective disciplines and extraordinary mentors. My time with them was invaluable and irreplaceable.”

– Jessen Houston, MS, RDN, ATC, CSCS 
  Director of Sports Performance, Greenhill School

Courses are designed around delivering the required educational standards from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education programs (CAATE). Beyond accreditation requirements, the Athletic Training Education Committee has designed coursework to best prepare students to meet program goals and outcomes.  We have a variety of coursework with hands-on activities and access to state-of-the-art equipment and supplies to best prepare students for success.  

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

All courses include hands-on laboratory components so faculty and students can move seamlessly from lecture to simulations, practice and group activities.  All courses are located in our state-of-the-art athletic training clinical classroom.  Students get practice on all equipment you would find in athletic training facilities and hospitals/clinics.  This ensures our students are up to date and have access to the equipment and supplies they will encounter in their clinical rotations.  

All students will participate in six clinical rotations.  These clinical rotations will expose you to a variety of settings that employ athletic trainers (high schools, universities, medical facilities) and patient populations (male/female, young/college-age/adults/geriatrics), being supervised by certified athletic trainers or physicians.   

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of the physically active? Click here to schedule a campus tour, learn about financial aid options, or contact the program director. 

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Contact Information

Program Director
Tricia H. Turner, PhD, ATC, LAT

Department of Kinesiology
Belk Gymnasium 227
Phone: 704-687-0868
Fax: 704-687-0930

Clinical Coordinator
Shelley Linens, PhD, ATC, LAT

Department of Kinesiology
Belk Gymnasium 232
Phone: 704-687-0872
Fax: 704-687-0930