Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

MSAT students working with athletesAt Franklin College, your time in the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will put you in the classroom with a small group of peers, meaningfully connected with faculty as partners on your path, and at clinical placements with immersive learning experiences ranging from the field, to the clinic, to the operating room.

Since life and learning on campus are rooted in the liberal arts, your time at Franklin will be spent, not just becoming an advanced clinician, but developing into a distinctly relevant and valuable individual — equipped for any diverse opportunity in athletic training, and beyond.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Plan of Study (PDF)
Visit Admissions and Policies to learn more.

Register for an MSAT Info Session

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., ET

MSAT Football Tailgate for Prospective Students

The MSAT program is hosting a tailgate party on Nov. 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Cline Woods, on the Franklin College campus.  Register to meet current MSAT students and faculty, learn about the program and enjoy free lunch and complimentary tickets to the Franklin College football game! Food and drinks will be provided.

Registration is required.  Register at  Questions: Tiffany Franklin at

MSAT at Franklin College

Athletic trainers are responsible for far more than broken bodies. They deliver patient-centered care to whole people with needs of the body, spirit, and mind. Athletic trainers save lives in front of stadiums full of fans, add value to physician’s practices, help workers keep working, support soldiers to serve, athletes to compete, and astronauts to fly.

To prepare for such a dynamic career, you need a distinctive education. That’s why Franklin is rooted in the liberal arts. Your Franklin experience will challenge and support you to become relevant and a valuable leader in society and the workforce. We believe you, having learned to think and lead while immersed in the Franklin College MSAT, will become a difference maker in society and the workforce.

Earning your Master of Science in Athletic Training  degree from Franklin College is your path to distinction, not because it equips you with advanced clinical skills for patient-care but because it is the place where you grow to think, innovate, and lead with action in an ever-changing society and healthcare market.

A Career in Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who collaborate with physicians to deliver prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Demand is rising for these members of the healthcare team as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) supports a 16% increase in job opportunities for ATs through 2029. This is compared to only 4% projected increase across all occupations.

Your satisfaction with work and life is important, too. Did you know athletic training is considered by Business Insider Magazine as one of the top 20 college majors leading to the most satisfying careers?

What types of jobs are available with a degree in athletic training?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician offices as physician extenders, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music

What does all of this mean to you? Here’s how a day in your life might look after earning your Master of Science in Athletic Training from Franklin College.

Download the MSAT Handout (PDF)

Special Programs

Graduating high school? Transferring to Franklin? Graduating with your bachelor’s degree? Already have a bachelor’s degree? Whether you are an incoming first-year student, transfer student, international student or a student already holding a bachelor’s degree, we encourage you to visit our Program Options page to see which Franklin College MSAT plan of study is best for you.

Speak with an advisor about which track is best for you.

Be part of our successful program knowing that the most recent Franklin College MSAT graduates earned a 100% first time pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. The national BOC average for students passing this exam on their first attempt is 77%.


The Franklin College MSAT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The program received 10 year accreditation status in 18-19 with the next comprehensive review scheduled for 2028-2029. The inaugural cohort of the MSAT program graduated in May 2018.

Important Dates

  • Early application deadline – January 1, 2022
  • Final application deadline – June 1, 2022
  • Classes begin – July 11, 2022

Schedule a Tour Today 

Start Your Application

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., ET

Faculty Expertise

The Franklin College MSAT faculty have a wide range of experiences with many years of professional service. From the sidelines, to the court; from the Olympics to IndyCar; from professional collaboration to published journal articles and presentations; from traditional to nontraditional settings, the Franklin College MSAT faculty have expertise and real-life experiences to bring to the classroom for a unique and valuable learning experience. The Franklin College MSAT faculty pride themselves on having close relationships with students that extends far beyond graduation to help them achieve the skills and knowledge needed to have a rewarding career in athletic training.


Meet Our Faculty

Did You Know?

Did you know the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average medium pay for Certified Athletic Trainers is @$50,000 (May 2020)?