Master of Athletic Training


Recent Athletic Training Program Changes:

The Athletic Training Governmental bodies [i.e. the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Board of Certification for Athletic Training (BOC), and the Executive Committee for Education (ECE)] have determined that professional degree programs in Athletic Training should be moved to the graduate level by the start of the Fall-term 2022.

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) currently exists as an accredited undergraduate program (BS in Athletic Training). After the extensive program approval process, from the 2018-2019 academic year, UNK will officially offer the Master of Athletic Training [2-year graduate (professional) program] at UNK.

We will additionally offer the 5-year undergraduate and graduate combined course sequence [i.e. 3-year undergraduate program in the related field major (e.g. Exercise Science, Physical Education, Teacher Education, Biology, or other) with the newly established minor, Minor in Athletic Training Foundation, and 2-year graduate (professional) program]. Either course sequence (2-year graduate program or 5-year undergraduate/graduate program) allows students to have great academic and clinical experience and will provide the eligibility to take the Board examination at the completion of the program.

Program Requirements

The University of Nebraska Athletic Training Education Program (UNK-ATEP) is developed in accordance with the CAATE Standards for the accreditation of athletic training education programs. Courses include didactic and clinical instruction in subject matter areas as determined by the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies. The program offers the student a wide variety of field experience settings for the practice of applying the knowledge and skills acquired.

Mission Statement

            The mission of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Training Education Program (UNK-ATEP) is to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience and strong clinical foundation for a career in the allied health care profession of athletic training.  Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for completing tasks within the professional setting.  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement proper prevention, management, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses of the physically active individual in a variety of settings.



Students will demonstrate level-appropriate knowledge related to the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies (5th ed.).


Students will demonstrate level-appropriate skills that are identified in the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies (5th ed.).

Clinical Performance

Students will demonstrate level-appropriate clinical application abilities and professional behaviors.

National Certification

Students will challenge and pass the Board Of Certification Examination so that they may be certified as athletic training professionals.


Students who successfully pass the BOC examination, will secure placement within the healthcare profession in order to effectively utilize their baccalaureate education.


Students who are enrolled into the Master of Athletic Training will complete 2 years of academic and clinical education at UNK. Academic course work includes courses such as orthopedic evaluation and assessment, pathology and treatment of medical conditions, therapeutic interventions, and professional development. Upon completion of the academic curriculum and clinical experience, the student is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.

Traditional 2 Year Masters Course Sequence 

5 Year Academic Sequence (Bachelor/Master)

Athletic Training Student / Professional Program Application

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Application and Acceptance Requirements

Admission to degree work is contingent on

  1. Evaluation of the candidates undergraduate transcript
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA (4 point scales) of 3.0 or higher
    • All Athletic Training Prerequisite course GPA should be above B
      • General Physics
      • General Chemistry
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology
      • Anatomical Biomechanics
      • Exercise Physiology
      • Fitness Testing
      • Sports Nutrition
      • Foundations of Athletic Training
  2. Certification in Professional Rescuer CPR
      • Front and Back Copy of current certification card from either the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  3. Completion of 40 hours of clinical observation under a certified athletic trainer
      • Signed and Notarized letter confirming observation hours. Letter should be signed by the supervising ATC.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS score (International Students only)
    • TOEFL score accepted is 550 for the paper version and 79 for the internet version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
      • For those of you who graduated the college in the U.S., this requirement may exempt.
  5. Apply through the UNK Office of Graduate Studies and Research
      • Complete supplemental documents
        • Three letters of recommendation
  6. Complete a scheduled interview
      • The ATEP faculty will schedule candidates for interviews once review of applicants is complete.


Any individual wish to pursue formal admission into the Athletic Training Program must submit the application according to university graduate application deadlines. The review of applications begins December 15th. Students are notified of their acceptance or rejection by March 15th. Acceptance is contingent upon the applicant meeting all application requirements.  Acceptance is not guaranteed and all applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis.


Upon submission of required materials to the university office of Graduate Studies and Research, all applicant files will be reviewed by the Athletic Training Program faculty and an interview will be scheduled.  Each student will be required, as part of the application process, to complete an interview with the athletic training education program committee.  The program committee will ultimately grant acceptance.  Interviews will be scheduled during April of the spring semester for all students who qualify.  Notification of full acceptance into the program will be provided once all qualified applications are reviewed.  Each applicant will be notified by mail of his or her status.  Transfer or students wishing will have their candidacy individually evaluated.  An established number of positions will be available each year for qualified applicants.  The number of available positions is dictated by the number of clinical educators currently present in the program.  Ranked cumulative GPA & successful completion of entrance requirements will contribute to the evaluation process that the program committee will use to consider granting acceptance to any applicant.  The program committee may utilize all aspects of the student’s observation experiences, the results of the interview, ACT, SAT, TOEFL scores, GPA, grades in pre-requisite courses to assist them in granting acceptance to any qualified applicant.  Those students with the highest GPA and who qualify for acceptance as well as demonstrate excellence in each component of their observation, interview and pre-requisite work will be given first consideration.

Transfer Students

A student wishing transfer into the UNK Master of Athletic Training program utilizing previous academic or practical experience must provide the program committee with verification of like experiences to that of any student beginning their study as a declared athletic training student.  Every such student wishing to apply for admission into the ATEP must present verification of course instruction at a CAATE accredited Athletic Training program, practical experience under a Certified Athletic Trainer, verification of successful completion of all equivalent pre-requisite courses, Proof of certification in American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Proof of certification in American Red Cross First Aid, and a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and graduate grade point average.

Undergraduate Graduation and BOC Exam Data

Undergraduate Graduation and Certification Data

  • 29 students have graduated from the program from 2014 – 2017 and have challenged the BOC examination.
  • 23 (79%) students from 2014-2017 who challenged the BOC examination passed on their first attempt.
  • 27 (93%) students from 2014-2017 have passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.

The link below is the URL to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education web page that posts the UNK program’s graduation and BOC examination pass rates.

Professional Program BOC Exam Pass Rate Data 

The Athletic Training Program enjoys an “Active – in good standing” status with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training.

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