Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The University of Alabama Athletic Training Program is a limited-selection, two-year professional master’s degree program.

Our mission is to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and successful careers in athletic training. To this end, we will provide quality graduate coursework with innovative and hands-on learning experiences in didactic, laboratory, and clinical education that emphasizes evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration in health care, and equitable patient-centered care.

Our program is housed in Capital Hall, a new facility that delivers ingenuity in the use of classroom lecture and lab spaces. All classrooms, offices, and laboratories are located under the same roof, providing more engagement between faculty and students, further developing mentorship that lasts beyond graduation.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a 46-credit hour master’s program that includes in-person, hybrid, and online classes paired with a clinical education and experience. Students that choose the thesis track will have an additional four hours of research coursework for a total of 50 credit hours.  This program requires simultaneous didactic and clinical preparation.

Each semester of the program includes clinical education experiences that parallel the professional coursework. Students are assigned to a different preceptor each semester to strengthen weaknesses, develop confidence, and push boundaries.

On campus, students will work with athletes of the highest caliber through our partnership with Alabama Athletics. Each student will experience either pre-season or post-season in addition to two immersive experiences, complete with travel, as a part of a team’s support system across 16 different clinical sites within UA’s intercollegiate athletics.

Designed to ensure exposure to diverse educational experiences, clinical education continues off campus with rotations in local high schools, physical therapy clinics, colleges, physician offices, and the UA Student Recreation Center.