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The MSAT is currently taking applications for our next cohort! Classes begin May 2024.


If you have any questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Rachele Vogelpohl at


Master of Science in Athletic Training Tuition Rate:

Kentucky Resident: $520 per credit hour

General Metro and Non-Resident: $620 per credit hour


Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. 

Athletic training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited athletic training education programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice. Students complete an extensive clinical learning requirement that is embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies (professional, practice oriented outcomes) as identified in the Athletic Training Education Competencies.

Students must receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas identified in the Competencies:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychosocial strategies and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility

What You Can Do

The athletic degree program of study contains 54 hours of coursework and concurrent clinical education. The intent of the athletic training program is to prepare students for a career, as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Athletic trainers are vital members of the healthcare team for:

  • College and University athletics
  • High School athletics
  • Professional athletics
  • Performing arts
  • Physician extender and rehabilitation clinics
  • Military
  • Industrial/corporate locations
  • Public safety

Program Contact Information

Rachele E. Vogelpohl, PhD, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director



NKU's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.



Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Athletic Training program have access to a state of the art simulation center at NKU. Throughout the curriculum, students are able to experience simulations that will prepare them for real life situations in a controlled and safe learning environment. Students also participate in interprofessional experiences throughout the program that teaches them to work together with other professionals in a collaborative health care team. 

Simulation Experience