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Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program

Program Overview

The University of New Mexico offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). This professional master’s degree program is designed prepare students to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

UNM’s athletic training program features a low faculty:student ratio, 2 dedicated hybrid classroom/lab spaces, and 2 dedicated simulation spaces just for our program, along with several excellent clinical sites (including military, professional athletics, college/university, secondary school, and other settings) and the opportunity to complete a full-time immersive clinical experience anywhere in the country during the final semester. UNM’s program includes extensive Interprofessional Education (IPE) experiences, and all MSAT students will graduate with an IPE Certificate of Honors!

Tuition includes several benefits, including attire, professional development funds, and annual CPR certification, and residents of California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and New Mexico get in-state tuition! Albuquerque is nested at the base of the beautiful Sandia mountains and is a great place to enjoy outdoors, great food, and diverse culture.

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UNM’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA.

Accreditation and Outcomes

CAATE Accreditation Seal

University of New Mexico Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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About UNM's Program

Mission Statement

The University of New Mexico Athletic Training Program is dedicated to integrating ethics and cultural awareness to cultivate exceptional healthcare providers with a holistic approach to patient care. Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to excel as athletic trainers in diverse communities. We are committed to providing our students with the tools necessary to exhibit lifelong learning by fostering a dynamic, educational environment where students develop proficiency in evidence-based clinical practice, collaboration among interprofessional teams, and adaptability to emerging trends in healthcare. Ultimately, we strive to produce graduates who are prepared to meet the evolving healthcare needs of physically active populations while upholding the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and empathy towards patients across the lifespan.

Athletic Training Program Core Principles

  • Comprehensive Knowledge Base: Develop a strong knowledge base in all athletic training domains to prepare students to work in a variety of clinical practice settings.
  • Holistic Approach to Patient Care: Identify considerations when assessing the whole patient and their unique needs in healthcare provision.
  • Cultural Competence: Incorporate the significance of understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds to provide effective care to all patients.
  • Lifelong Learning: Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development and quality improvement with evolving healthcare literature.
  • Proficiency in Evidence-Based Practices: Integrate the tenets of evidence-based practice to provide high-quality patient care.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Demonstrate clinical decision-making and collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver comprehensive care.
  • Professionalism: Encourage behaviors and attitudes that reflect professionalism, including accountability, respect, and ethical decision-making.

Athletic Training Program Goals

  • Prepare students to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
  • Develop reflective practitioners who engage in life-long learning.
  • Foster student engagement in the profession and community.
  • Develop competent healthcare professionals who integrate evidence-based decision-making strategies into their clinical practice.
  • Prepare students to work in a variety of clinical practice settings with diverse patients across the lifespan.

Athletic Training Program Outcomes & Objectives

  • Students will be able to provide culturally competent, patient-centered care to a variety of patients as members of healthcare teams.
    • Engage in interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
    • Provide patient-centered healthcare to diverse populations.
  • Students will be lifelong learners who demonstrate ongoing quality improvement in their patient care.
    • Reflect and improve upon their knowledge and professional behaviors.
    • Implement quality improvement strategies in their clinical practice.
  • Students will be competent healthcare professionals who make evidence-based clinical decisions across the continuum of athletic training clinical practice.
    • Effectively search, appraise, synthesize, and apply evidence to patient care including the assessment of patient-oriented outcomes.
    • Demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for athletic training clinical practice.
  • Students will exhibit professionalism and engagement in the profession and community.
    • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors.
    • Advocate for and serve patients, communities, and the athletic training profession.