Division of Athletic Training

Jefferson offers athletic training education as an expedited five-year BS/ MS Health Sciences and Athletic Training program; and as an entry-level MS in Athletic Training graduate program. These programs are designed to help meet the growing demand for professional Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs). The athletic training program is constructed to prepare highly motivated students with an interest 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 and 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 visi the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website (www.nata.org) 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 with an interest 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 variety of opportunities to further their education and credentialing as they deem appropriate for their future employment prospects.

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Degrees & Programs

We are committed to providing enrichment programs for undergraduate students, preparing them to apply to graduate school or pursue careers in 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 organization 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 an athletic trainer 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 cost for 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

For the most up-to-date list of the University’s list of fees, please visit Student Accounts.
(note that prices listes are subject to change).

(Subject to Change)

ATCAS Application Fee $80
Lap Top/Tablet Device (Microsoft compatible) $300 - $1000
Textbooks and Supplies $1000-1500
Housing Dependent upon location/roommates
Transportation Dependent upon fuel cost/distance travelled
Food Variable
Attire Variable
Student Member of NATA in PA $85 for non-certified per year
BOC test and re-take $300 each
HPSO Student Supplemental Liability Insurance (Highly encouraged but not required) $38 per year for $1,000,000 - $3,000,000 Policy
Background Checks / Finger Printing $68.25
Drug Testing (if applicable) $29

Student Outcomes

Student Board of Certification (BOC) Pass Rate

Programs must meet or exceed a 3-year aggregate of 70%.

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Number of students graduating from the program 7 14 8
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 7 14 8
Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 7 11 8
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 100% 79% 100%

Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of attempts

7

13

8

Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of number of attempts

100%

93%

100%

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.
Employment/Placement rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Number of students employed as AT 6 10 7
Student employment rate as AT (%) 86% 71% 88%
Number of students employed as other 0 1 0
Student employment rate as other (%) 0 7 0

Number of students not employed

1

1

0

Student not employed rate (%)

14%

7%

0

Student Graduation, Employment/Placement & Program Retention Rate

Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).

Program retention rate: Measures the percentage of students who have enrolled in the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies in the program the following academic year. Programs must post the following data for the past three years on their website: the number of students who enrolled in the program, the number of students returning for each subsequent academic year, and the percentage of students returning for each subsequent academic year.

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Number of students enrolled in the first year

11

18

8

Number of students matriculating to the second year

7

14

8

Number of students graduating from the program

7

14

8

Student Retention Rate %

58%

78%

100%

Student Graduation Rate %

58%

78%

100%


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