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.

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 6 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

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

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

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

  • The MSAT program will prepare students in evidence based practice, to help them with clinical decision making 

Career Options

Past graduates of our program are currently employed:

  • Local area high schools and hospitals

  • UNC Charlotte Athletics 


  • College/Universities

  • Professional Baseball


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, 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 new 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 6 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. 

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