Division of Athletic Training

Jefferson offers athletic training education as an expedited five-year BS in Exercise or Health Sciences to Masters in Athletic Training program and an entry-level Masters in Athletic Training graduate program. These programs are designed to help meet the growing demand for Athletic Trainers (ATs). The athletic training program is constructed to prepare highly motivated students interested in the medical field to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC)  examination upon graduation.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession. To learn more about athletic trainers, please visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website. The demand for ATs is expected to grow significantly faster than the average occupation over the next 10 years in both traditional athletic settings (secondary school, college, professional-level sports, etc.) and emerging practice settings (military, performing arts, medical offices, public safety, industrial settings, etc.).

Our Master of Science in Athletic Training is designed to help meet the growing demand for ATs. This unique professional program prepares highly motivated students interested in the medical field to provide comprehensive, patient-centered medical care for physically active individuals. Our graduates leave with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, pathomechanics, and clinical application, in addition to patient-centered, evidence-informed care to create forward-thinking health providers who care for the whole person. In addition to a variety of course work in prevention, emergency care, orthopedic and general medical assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses, as well as health care administration, our program offers 40 weeks of immersive, hands-on, clinical experience working alongside athletic trainers and health professionals in a variety of settings.

Thomas Jefferson University’s athletic training program is accredited and in good standing with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon graduation from Jefferson’s Athletic Training program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Additionally, we provide students with various opportunities to further their education and credentialing as they deem appropriate for their future employment prospects.

Degrees & Programs

We are committed to providing enrichment programs for undergraduate students, preparing them to apply to graduate school or pursue careers in Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Training.

Throughout the two years in the MSAT program, students will complete 38 weeks of immersive clinical rotations. We have a variety of affiliation agreements for clinical rotations at various institutions and organizations, including NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3 colleges/universities, secondary schools, and physician practices to ensure graduates are well-rounded and prepared to practice as athletic trainers in a variety of settings. Please contact the MSAT program director for specific questions or more information regarding clinical rotations and affiliation agreements.

In addition to the regular University fees listed on the Jefferson website, the Master of Science Athletic Training students will assume the cost of equipment and supplies, field experience, transportation, lab fees, drug testing, and criminal background checks.

These expected costs are estimated as follows:

  • Fall & Spring Semester Tuition
  • Educational Services Fee
  • Graduation Fee (graduates only)
  • School Health Insurance (if applicable)
  • Needle Stick Insurance Fee (if applicable)
  • Tuition Insurance
  • Full-time Student Parking

(Subject to Change)

ATCAS Application Fee

$96 for the first program you apply to and $55 for each additional program

Lap Top/Tablet Device (Microsoft compatible) Dependent upon preference 
Textbooks and Supplies

$200. Most textbooks are included with tuition online via the University Library system. 

Beginning with class of 2026- ATu subscription (2 year subscription $189)

NATA Student Membership $97/year for PA membership (Jan-Dec: pro-rated first year). Other states may vary
Housing Dependent upon location/roommates
Transportation Dependent upon fuel cost/distance traveled
Food Variable
Attire Variable
BOC test and re-take $300 each exam (+$75 initial one time- application fee)
HPSO Student Supplemental Liability Insurance (Highly encouraged but not required) $38 per year for $1,000,000 - $3,000,000 Policy
Drug Testing/Background Checks/Other Health Immunizations Variable (Background Checks/ Finger Printing- $68.25; Drug Testing if applicable- $29; Health Immunizations- variable)
BLS CPR & AED Professional Rescuer Recertification Provided by the program at Orientation

Get My Job: Spotlight on Athletic Training

In honor of March being National Athletic Training Month, we interview alumni and faculty from one of the University’s 160-plus undergraduate and graduate professional programs. The latest installment features MS in athletic training alumnus Donald Smith.

The MSAT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.