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Athletic Training

School of Health Sciences and Wellness Athletic Training Degree

Graduate Degree

Discover your passion as an Athletic Trainer

The athletic training program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is committed to serving students seeking national certification in athletic training. Comprised of a variety of skills—including emergency care, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation—athletic training provides an engaging and ever-changing career.

The MS-AT program at UW-Stevens Point strives to incorporate effective teaching strategies, hands-on learning, the latest technologies, and mentorship to prepare students to excel as athletic training professionals. We provide a collaborative, responsible, student-centered and experiential learning environment, which will produce students who are passionate and productive athletic trainers, critical thinking lifelong learners, and ambassadors for cooperative and effective health care for active individuals.

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Why choose the Athletic Training program at UW-Stevens Point?

At UW-Stevens Point, you’ll be part of an athletic training program that is focused on YOUR development. As the largest athletic training graduate program in Wisconsin, our mission is truly student-centered and we strive to provide a comprehensive learning experience for your future success as an athletic trainer.
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Clinical Experiences

Students in the Master of Science in Athletic Training at UW-Stevens Point have a variety of clinical experiences during their first year with clinical preceptors in the Stevens Point area. During their second year, clinical experiences can expand to settings across the nation. Meet some of our current students below.
A male and female alumni posing on the ice at the Olympics.
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Student and Alumni Directory

Meet our students and alumni! We welcome you to page through our directory. You may also view the directory in full screen, download, print or share at any time by using the bottom navigation menu.
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Facilities and Community

The athletic training program is housed in the Science Building and Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall on the UW-Stevens Point campus. The teaching facilities include state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation equipment, a concussion lab, an aquatic therapy pool, and classrooms equipped with Smartboard technology for interactive lectures and up-to-date clinical learning tools such as low-level laser therapy, a Biodex Sway Postural Stability Unit, and a virtual reality to learn more about interactive rehabilitation.
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Athletic Training

Info Sessions

Ready to learn more about the athletic training program at UW-Stevens Point where our mission is truly student-centered and we strive to provide a comprehensive learning experience for your future success as an athletic trainer? Join us for an informational session (30-45 minutes)!
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In the News and Social Media

Catch up on the latest news from the MS-AT program.
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ATCAS

APPLY

Applicants will complete an application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS).
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INFO SESSIONS

Ready to learn more about the MS-AT program at UW-Stevens Point?
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Athletic Training Courses

Courses

Comprised of a variety of skills—including emergency care, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation—athletic training provides an engaging and ever-changing career.
Courses
Athletic Training Tuition

Tuition

Our program is one of the best values in the Midwest and has the same rate for in-state and out-of-state residents.
Tuition
“When I hire a UW-Stevens Point athletic training graduate, I’m confident we will get a competent, mature individual ready to make sound clinical decisions.”
Jim NesbitMarshfield Clinic Health System
Athletic Training Student Amanda Zettler
“Our clinical preceptors are all extremely smart and I have learned so much and been able to see a different perspective from working with each and every one of them.”
Amanda Zettler ’22
Athletic Training Student Taylor Heuring
“My favorite experience has been working with a wide variety of athletes and helping them get back to playing the sports they love and watching them succeed.”
Taylor Heuring ’22
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Program outcomes

UW-Stevens Point by the Numbers

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Job Placement Rate
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Board of Certification Pass Rate
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Graduation Rate
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) program is reviewed annually by our University Assessment Committee and by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to ensure student success and maintain accreditation. MS-AT faculty guide students through a studying process during the second year in the program to prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and work with our alumni network to assist with job placement after graduation. We have continually surpassed the national average for the BOC pass rate on first attempt every year since 2009 and have a job placement rate of 96% for the past three years.

Board of Certification Examination Results

​Year ​2018 ​2019 ​2020* ​2021
First Attempt Passing​ ​12/12 ​12/13 ​8/9 ​11/12
​Passing Percentage ​100% ​92% ​89% ​92
​Overall Attempts ​12/12 ​12/13 9/9 ​12/12
​Passing Percentage ​100% ​92% 100% ​100%
3-year aggregate data: 91% first-time pass rate
10-year aggregate data: 97% first-time pass rate

* Class of 2020 is the first Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) cohort

Retention Rate

​Class of 2018 ​Class of 2019 Class of 2020​ ​Class of 2021
​12/13
(92%)
​13/13
(100%)
​9/9
(100%)
​12/12
(100%)
3-year aggregate data: 100% retention rate ​ ​

Graduation Rate

Our graduation rate is defined as on-time graduation. For the MS-AT, it is successful completion of the curriculum in two years.

​Class of 2018 ​Class of 2019 ​Class of 2020* ​Class of 2021
​12/13
(92%)
​13/13
(100%)
9/9
(100%)
​12/12
(100%)
3-year aggregate data: 100% graduation rate​ ​

* Class of 2020 is the first Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) cohort

Graduate Placement

97% graduation placement rate within 6 months of graduation.

​Year ​2018 ​2019 ​2020* ​2021
Placement of graduates
​12/12
(100%)
​12/13
(92%)
8/9
(89%)
​12/12
(100%)
​AT Employment ​8 4 ​8 12​
Pursing a graduate degree in AT or related field ​4 8 0 ​0
​Non-AT employment 0 1 1 0​
3-year aggregate data: 94% overall placement rate
10-year aggregate data: 97% overall placement rate

* Class of 2020 is the first Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) cohort

Tuition and Costs

Students will be enrolled as full-time graduate students for two consecutive years. Starting in summer 2021, all students are charged $452 per credit. Pricing is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Students admitted in summer 2020 will remain on the UWSP Tuition Rates and Fees pricing structure.

Tuition and Fees
​Year 1 – 30 Credits Year 2 – 33 Credits​
​Tuition $14,916​ ​$13,560
​Segregated Fees* ​$2,065.16 ​$1,958.69
​Program Fees** ​$500 n/a​
​Yearly Total Cost ​$17,481.16 ​$15,518.69
​Total Program Cost $32,999.85
*Segregated fees are assessed to all students for service, program and facilities that support the mission of UWSP. The fees are assessed by UWSP, not the MS-AT program.
** One-time fee (year 1) for uniforms, personal medical kits, certification fees, workbook and NATA resources.

  1. UWSP application fees: $56.
  2. Physical, immunizations and titers: Cost varies on insurance and health care providers. Physicals and select immunizations are provided as part of your segregated fees through UWSP Student Health Service. Published fees for vaccines
  3. Personal student liability insurance: $25. (yearly fee)
  4. Annual NATA Student Membership: $99.
  5. Textbooks: Varies based on vendor and new or used preference. Graduate students are not assessed any text rental fees, but are responsible for purchasing required textbooks. The MS-AT program will attempt to keep this cost as minimal as possible.
  6. Travel: Costs varies based on location of clinical site. Travel to off-site clinical rotations is the responsibility of the MS-AT student.

See how our program costs compare to other athletic training graduate programs.
Cost Comparison

 

Courses

The MS-AT curriculum is a sequence of coursework to provide a comprehensive educational experience for the future athletic trainer. As graduate students, the commitment to learning and the level expectation increases from the undergraduate experience.

Effective Summer 2021 (63 credits)

 

​Summer I (10 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 700 ​Foundations of Professional Practice in Athletic Training 3​
​AT 701 ​Emergency Response to Injury and Illness ​3
​AT 710 ​Evaluation and Analysis of the Lower Kinetic Chain ​4

 

Fall I (10 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 711 Evaluation and Analysis of the Upper Kinetic Chain 4​
​AT 720 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
​AT 780 Clinical Education I​ 3​

 

Winterim I (3 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 790 Evidence-Based Practice I 3

 

Spring I (10 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 712 Evaluation and Analysis of the Spine 2​
​AT 721 Therapeutic Interventions II ​2
​AT 755 Health Conditions and Medical Interventions 3
​AT 781 Clinical Education II​ 3​

 

​Summer II (8 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 722 Therapeutic Interventions III 2​
​AT 723 Advanced Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition ​2
​AT 760 Pharmacology for Health Professionals 2
​AT 782 Clinical Skill Practicum 2​

 

Fall II (10 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 770 Healthcare Systems and Management Strategies 3​
​AT 783 Clinical Education III ​4
​AT 791 Evidenced Based Practice II 3

Spring II (12 credits)

​Course Title Credits​
​AT 775 Humanistic Aspects of Healthcare 3
​AT 784 ​Clinical Education IV ​4
​AT 785 ​Clinical Immersion Experience ​2
​AT 792 Evidenced Based Practice III ​3

State-of-the-art Facilities

Top 5 Reasons to Apply

Take it from our students and alumni who live and breathe our program – here are the top 5 reasons to apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training at UW-Stevens Point.
Two students and a professor working in the athletic training facility.

#5: Individualized Clinical Education Experience

Students are placed in clinical settings directly related to future career goals. The faculty work with the students to match with clinical preceptors who will help you reach your full potential.
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#4: State-of-the-Art Facilities

Students have access to newly designed classroom and lab facilities for face-to-face instruction and distance education. Our labs have state-of-the-art equipment for patient assessment and rehabilitation.
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#3: Community and Alumni Support

Our vast alumni network and the community support we have for education provides variety in clinical placements and unique hands-on training opportunities with area health care providers.
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#2: Unique Research Opportunities

Students can pursue guided research projects with faculty, such as virtual reality training for concussions, or explore their own research interests. The goal is to pursue topics that are current and will guide best practice for all patients.
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#1: Engaged Faculty and Small Class Sizes

Our faculty focus on a collaborative and cooperative approach to facilitate learning and develop student confidence in knowledge, skills and abilities.
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Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff are ready to assist you in achieving your athletic training goals and are devoted to providing you with an outstanding educational experience.
Holly Schmies

Holly Schmies

  • Program Director – M.S.-Athletic Training
  • Professor – School of Health Sciences and Wellness
  • Co-coordinator – SPLASH and PLAY Programs
Athletic Training, College of Professional Studies, Health Science, School of Health Sciences and Wellness
715-346-2922
Beth Kinslow

Beth Kinslow

  • Assistant Professor – M.S. in Athletic Training
  • Clinical Education Coordinator – M.S. in Athletic Training
  • College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
Academic Affairs, Athletic Training, College of Professional Studies, CPS Diversity Task Force, Health Science, School of Health Sciences and Wellness
715-346-4870
Danelle Smith

Danelle Smith

  • Graduate Faculty – Athletic Training
  • Clinical Coordinator – Athletic Training
  • Associate Lecturer – Health Science
Academic Affairs, Athletic Training, College of Professional Studies, Health Science, School of Health Sciences and Wellness
715-346-4922
Tiffany Firkus

Tiffany Firkus

  • Academic Department Associate – Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); Master of Science in Athletic Training
Academic Affairs, Athletic Training, College of Professional Studies, Physical Therapy (DPT), School of Health Sciences and Wellness
715-346-4870
“UW-Stevens Point athletic training students have knowledge of injuries and treatments that far exceeded the expectations.”
Jesse JorgensenBellin Sports Medicine

Accreditation

CAATE Athletic Training

CAATE Accreditation

The UW-Stevens Point athletic training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) which holds us to the highest level of outcome data. Graduates with this degree are prepared and eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination. In order to practice as an athletic trainer, a student must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program and pass the BOC examination.