Vermont State’s Master of Athletic Training will prepare you for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in just two years. In this selective program, you’ll take part in extensive clinical experiences working with men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams at local colleges and high schools. In your medical facility rotation, you’ll be mentored by healthcare professionals in the practice settings of emergency medicine, orthopedics, and family practice medicine.
Our Athletic Training degree program uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings, with an emphasis on clinical reasoning skills. You’ll complete one immersive clinical experience and participate in the full-time experience and day-to-day role of an athletic trainer.
Maximum Field Experience: You’ll gain extensive hands-on learning over four semesters of work in the field. Graduate with confidence gained through experience.
Three Certifications: Besides preparation for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to enter the profession of athletic training, you can also prepare to earn credentials through two additional exams: the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam and the Orthopedic Physician Extender (OPE) exam.
Growing Job Demand: Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 17 percent before 2031.* Demand is expected to increase as people learn the effects of sport-related injuries and as more middle-aged and older adults remain active.
Skilled Faculty and Clinicians: Vermont State’s faculty bring a wealth of in-field expertise to their courses. You’ll also work with highly skilled clinicians at area colleges, high schools, and medical clinics during rotations.
You’ll learn to think critically and effectively apply content knowledge to real-world situations and tasks in Vermont State’s athletic training graduate program. You’ll become a professionally and ethically responsible administrator of athletic healthcare and learn how to maintain the highest standards of evidence-based clinical practice. You’ll learn to integrate information technology, clinical expertise, and patient values and circumstances. You’ll also develop the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully as a healthcare professional.
In this program, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for athletic training jobs through clinical placements that will help you grow your professional network. You will complete 1000+ hours of clinical experiences during the program. Our many affiliate sites include:
Vermont State’s Castleton Campus
Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic
Killington Medical Clinic
Castleton Community Health Center
Middlebury High School
Rutland High School
Fair Haven Union High School
Mill River Union High School
Slate Valley Physical Therapy
The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
We’re excited you are interested in applying to Vermont State University. Our graduate admissions application is now open and our Admissions Counselor is ready to answer your questions!
Master of Athletic Training Program Admissions Requirements & Application Process
Enrolled in the VTSU Health Science/Pre-Athletic Training or Exercise Science/Pre-Athletic Training bachelor’s degree programs OR earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time of matriculation to the MAT program.
A statement that addresses why you want to pursue a master of athletic training degree, previous exposure you have had with an athletic trainer or another health care provider, and your professional goals. Please limit your statement to 500 words or fewer and include a word count at the end of your statement.
Two letters of reference that speak to your scholarship and potential as a health care professional.
Official transcript of all college/university work, both graduate and undergraduate. It is with your success in mind that we carefully review your academic foundation. We encourage interested students to apply. Admission to the program may be granted if the applicant has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and shows aptitude for graduate studies as reflected in references, writing ability, and personal objectives.
Transcript must verify completion of all of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better: • Human Anatomy (3-4 cr with lab) • Human Physiology (3-4 cr with lab) • Chemistry (3-4 cr with lab) • Physics (3-4 cr with lab) • Biology (3-4 cr with lab) • Kinesiology or Biomechanics • Physiology of Exercise • Nutrition • Statistics • Introductory Psychology • Public Health (or equivalent)
Proof of current CPR certification at the professional rescuer level.
Students must meet minimum Technical Standard Requirements to be eligible to participate in the MAT Program. A completed Technical Standards form must be submitted as part of the application process.
Students who meet all requirements 1-8 listed above will be contacted after February 1 to schedule an interview.
Prior to matriculation, students must submit:
A criminal background check. Castleton uses CastleBranch for the criminal background check.
Application Deadline and Process
Students will apply to the program through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). Begin the application process here: Apply now.
The application deadline is February 1st. Program faculty will review completed applications after this deadline. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after this deadline if space in the cohort permits.
For More Information
If you have questions regarding your application, contact the Admissions Office at Admissions@VermontState.edu or by calling 888.398.8878. For questions about the program, contact Reese Boucher, Athletic Training Program Director, at Reese.Boucher@VermontState.edu or 802.468.1435.
Vermont State University provides a high-quality, affordable master’s degree in Athletic Training to students across Vermont and beyond. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.
The Athletic Training Scholarship
Returning students are eligible for the Athletic Training Scholarship. The Athletic Training Scholarship, initiated by Dave Perrin ’76 and funded with the help of alumni, faculty, and friends, was established for the benefit of students studying athletic training. The recipient will be selected by the AT program faculty. To be eligible, you need to meet the following requirements:
Enrolled in an Athletic Training program full-time
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Demonstrate need as determined by the Financial Aid Office
Current FAFSA submitted
Scholarships From Athletic Training Professional Organizations
Note: these scholarships require sponsorship from the athletic training program faculty. The faculty consider academic, clinical, and professional achievements of students when selecting the nominees.
The Vermont Association of Athletic Trainers (VAAT) Scholarship: The Vermont Association of Athletic Trainers (VAAT), in cooperation with District One of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), is committed to honoring outstanding athletic training students from the VAAT membership who have excelled academically and clinically. At present, one $2,500 grant and one $1,000 grant will be awarded annually to students who have participated with distinction in a university athletic training program. These awards are meant to encourage the recipients to continue their educational development in the athletic training profession. A maximum of two students from the Master of Athletic Training program may be nominated annually by program faculty to be eligible for these grants.
Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Scholarships: The Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. has inaugurated a scholarship program honoring outstanding students from the EATA membership who have excelled academically and clinically as professional (entry-level) athletic training students. At present, 11 grants of $3,000 are awarded annually to students in entry-level accredited programs who have participated with distinction in a college or university athletic training program. These awards are meant to encourage the recipients to continue their education toward a professional athletic training degree and pursue a career in athletic training.
The graduate tuition rate applies to this program, according to your in-state or out-of-state resident status. Visit Tuition & Fees for current tuition rates.
There are additional fees and expenses that are not included in the tuition rate for this program. Here are examples of fees and expenses you might need to cover, and other expenses may apply too.
Equipment, supplies, and select laboratory and curricular technology fees; specific course fees can be viewed within the course descriptions, as listed in the graduate catalog.
The purchase of appropriate attire to be worn in the clinical setting.