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   ATTN: Athletic Training Majors

The Athletic Training Program will NOT be accepting new undergraduate students beginning Fall 2021

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) mandates that “CAATE accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training” with the requirement that institutions cannot enroll an undergraduate cohort after fall 2022.  With this being said, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program has made the difficult decision to not accept new undergraduate athletic training students.

The Athletic Training faculty are working diligently to create a rigorous academic program that will prepare students for graduate studies in athletic training as well as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Beginning in fall 2021, students are being encouraged to change their major to Exercise Science and meet with Clare Kost, HPS Department academic advisor and/or an athletic training faculty advisor to discuss their academic and career goals. Students will have access to the courses that CAATE has mandated as prerequisite courses for admittance to master’s level athletic training programs in addition to courses that will introduce them to the many facets of allied health care which will give students a solid foundation as they enter graduate school.  These pre-requisite courses are taken as part of the exercise science major, general studies requirements and electives as necessary.

Students who are currently enrolled in the clinical portion of the Athletic Training program (i.e., assigned to a clinical athletic training site and active in the Typhon clinical tracking system) are NOT affected by this change.  All current clinical athletic training students will have full support to complete their bachelor’s degree to be qualified to take the national Board of Certification examination.

Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) prepares students to fulfill the certification requirements set forth by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) in order to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Certified Athletic Trainers function in cooperative environments with physicians and other allied health care professionals in a variety of settings including:

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional and Olympic sports organizations
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Industrial health care programs
  • Athletic training education programs

The Athletic Training Education Program is comprised of intensive theory coursework and extensive clinical education experiences.



The professional preparation of athletic training students to be culturally sensitive, evidence-based practitioners who will contribute to the health care needs of a global society. 


Program Goal:

The goal of the MSU Denver Athletic Training program is to provide high quality didactic and clinical education for students that prepares them for employment as qualified, competent athletic trainers who, upon graduation, will be able to:


Program Outcome #1:

Students will prove proficiency in all areas related to the educational domains of athletic training.

Measurable student learning objectives:

  1. Students will pass clinical skill assessments and practical exams every semester that pertain to current athletic training clinical competencies.
  2. Students will synthesize and contribute to debate/discussion of contemporary theories regarding health care administration.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in injury/illness recognition, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.


Program Outcome #2:

Students will communicate effectively (oral and written) with appropriate stakeholders in the athletic training field (e.g.: patients, parents/guardians, health care professionals, etc.)

Measurable student learning objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate competency in oral communication during clinical rotations when speaking to patients, parents/guardians/ and other healthcare professionals.
  2. Students will document patient encounters using contemporary medical documentation procedures.
  3. Students will participate in inter-professional encounters in didactic and clinical situations.


 Program Outcome #3:

Students will find, synthesize and utilize evidence to guide patient care and clinical decision making.

 Measurable student objectives:

  1. Students will critically analyze literature and demonstrate the ability to use the information to develop patient treatment plans, policies and procedures.
  2. Students will engage in research where they will formulate a clinical question, gather evidence and present findings to instructors, preceptors and students.


 Program Outcome #4:

 Students will be prepared to enter the work force or graduate program as a culturally sensitive athletic trainer.

Measurable Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate professional behaviors during all aspects of the athletic training program.
  2. Students will participate in clinical rotations with culturally-diverse populations.
  3. Students will pass the BOC national exam for athletic training.
  4. Students will either gain employment in athletic training or related field or be admitted to graduate program.



The Metropolitan State University of Denver's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has earned full accreditation status of ten years and is accredited through 2019.


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