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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the 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.

Vision Statement

The Athletic Training Program at UNC Charlotte aspires to be recognized as a national leader in athletic training professional preparation, research, and scholarship.  

Program History

As required by our accrediting body, we have phased out our undergraduate athletic training program and begun our transition to offer a Masters of Science in Athletic Training.  We look forward to continuing the success we have had with our undergraduate program with our MSAT.  Below is our previous Board of Certification pass rates for the undergraduate program:

Graduating Class

# of Students in Class

# of Students Taking Exam

First time Passing

% First Time Passing Rate

Overall Pass Rate

2018 11 11 11 100% 100%





































Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in applying to our M.S. in Kinesiology program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Start an application here.

All students will begin the program during the first summer session.  The application deadline for admission is January 1st.  After this deadline, admissions will be conducted on a rolling basis (as long as space allows) until May 1st. 

Admissions requirements for proposed program:

UNC Charlotte Graduate School Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • For non-native English language speakers: Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Athletic Training Program Specific Requirements:

  • Grades of C or better in the following pre-requisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy with laboratory*
    • Human Physiology with laboratory*
    • Chemistry with laboratory
    • Physics with laboratory
    • Statistics
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Biomechanics 
    • Medical Terminology
    • Introduction to Biology
    • 50 hours of observational experience with a Certified Athletic Trainer (Observational Student Evaluation Form)

*If the University only offers a combined Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) course, students must take A&P I with laboratory and A&P II with laboratory to fulfill the requirement

MS in Athletic Training Handbook


Course of Study

Summer 1 Semester -Year 1

Summer 2 Semester - Year 1

ATRN 6100: Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Health Care (3)

ATRN 6102: Fundamentals in Athletic Training (3)

ATRN 6101: Clinical Anatomy for Allied Health (3)

ATRN 6400: Introduction to Clinical Care (1)

Fall Semester - Year 1

Spring Semester - Year 1

ATRN 6104: Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity (3)

ATRN 6109: Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Upper Extremity (3)

ATRN 6105: Therapeutic Modalities (3)

ATRN 6110: Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Head and Spine (3)

ATRN 6106: Therapeutic Exercise Techniques (3)

ATRN 6111: Therapeutic Interventions (3)

ATRN 6107: Foundations of Modern Health Care (3)

ATRN 6113: Patient Centered Health Care (3)

ATRN 6401:  Clinical Rotation I (1)

ATRN 6402: Clinical Rotation II (1)

Summer 1 - Semester Year 2

Summer 2 - Semester Year 2

ATRN 6114: General Medicine and Pharmacology I (3)

ATRN 6116: General Medicine and Pharmacology II (2)

ATRN 6403: Clinical Rotation III (1)

ATRN 6404: Clinical Rotation IV (1)

Fall  Semester - Year 2

Spring Semester - Year 2

ATRN 6118: Adminstration for Health Care Professionals (3)

ATRN 6121:  Behavioral Health in Sports Medicine (3)

ATRN 6119: Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals (2)

ATRN 6406: Clinical Rotation VI (6)

ATRN 6405: Clinical Rotation V (3)


Clinical Requirements

In addition to didactic classroom requirements above, all students will participate in 6 clinical rotations.  The first 4 are to give students exposure to different clinical environments and help students begin to practice clinical skills under direct supervision of an Approved Clinical Instructor.  These four rotations include:

  • Local High School
  • University Athletics
  • Primary Care Physician’s office
  • Orthopedic/Sports Rehabilitation

The last two rotations are immersive.  These will be assigned based on where a student would like to work post-graduation.  This will allow students to gain greater clinical experience and practice opportunities with more autonomy while still being supervised by an Approved Clinical Instructor. 

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