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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Post-Professional Program in Athletic Training

Advanced Master of Science Degree


The Post-Professional Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at Texas State University is a 2-year advanced master’s program for individuals who have already obtained BOC certification as athletic trainers. Our program is not to be confused with the more than 60 CAATE-accredited “entry-level master’s” programs that prepare their graduates to enter the profession of athletic training by passing the BOC certification examination.

With programmatic emphases on therapeutic interventions and evidence based practice, we offer the opportunity to combine 34 to 37 of graduate credits in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Physical Therapy. We offer exciting coursework that allows students to gain advanced, evidence-based knowledge and skills in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.

Advanced graduate coursework includes the study of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, evidence-based practice, rehabilitation interventions including manual therapies, and research/instrumentation. All students engage in the research process whether through the 34 credit hour thesis track or the 37 credit hour culminating project track. We currently have 5 full-time and 2 adjunct graduate athletic training faculty members guiding 32 full-time graduate students through this program.

  • Dr. Rod Harter, Professor of Athletic Training and Graduate Coordinator

  • Dr. Justin Rigby, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

  • Dr. Gabriel Fife, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

  • Dr. Melissa “Missy” Fraser, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

  • Dr. Darcy Downey, EdD, Adjunct Graduate Faculty in Athletic Training

  • Dr. Kirk Painter, DPT, Adjunct Graduate Faculty in Athletic Training

In addition to these 7 faculty members, Dr. Joni Mettler, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science and NATA Foundation grant recipient, also chairs and serves on AT thesis and culminating project committees.

Collectively, our graduate faculty possesses research expertise in concussion diagnosis and clinical management, ACL injury prevention, therapeutic modality methodologies and efficacy, neuromuscular aspects of injury, evidence-based practice, clinical outcomes assessment, clinical education pedagogy and clinical reasoning.


The 4 central educational goals for students graduating from Texas State University. Graduates with an advanced Master of Science degree in Athletic Training are to:

  • have a strong theoretical understanding of biomechanics, neuromuscular control, and therapeutic interventions;

  • use evidence and patient values to guide decisions on therapeutic interventions that address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities;

  • be competent in the application of advanced rehabilitative techniques, functional assessment and manual therapy; and

  • promote scholarship within the profession by creating new evidence and by being critical consumers of the available evidence.

Athletic Training graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online at the following web address:

Athletic Training Program Sequence





AT 5311*

ESS 5346

PT 5400

AT 5201†


Biomechanics of Musculoskeleta Injuries

Literature & Research

Human Structure & Function

Graduate Assistant Development







AT 5302

AT 5318

AT 5312

AT 5101†


Applied Statistics in Health & Human Performance

Proprioception & Neuromuscular Control in Rehab

Evidence Based Practice

Graduate Assistant Development







AT 5308*

AT 5307 &

Elective (non-thesis) OR AT 5399A


Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation

Bioenergetics of Exercise and Rehabilitation







AT 5318

AT 5347 & elective

or AT 5399B

Therapeutic Evalation and Interventions

Independent Study in Athletic






Total: 37 Hours (Non-Thesis)

34 Hours (Thesis)


Non-thesis students select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:

ESS 5304 Motor Learning and Performance

ESS 5305 Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

ESS 5306 Advanced Physiology of Exercise

ESS 5307 Advanced Resistance Training and Conditioning

ESS 5309 Biomechanics for Exercise & Sports Science

ESS 5311 Applied Neuromuscular and Skeletal Muscle Physiology

NUTR 5364 Sports Nutrition (Summer)


*AT 5311 will be offered in even years and AT 5308 will be offered in odd years so the year in which the student begins matriculation in the program will dictate when the course will be taken.

† Required only for GAs that teach on campus classes and class is paid by the university