Master of Athletic Training

A career in athletic training provides you with numerous opportunities to use your skills and knowledge to improve the well-being of others. If you have an undergraduate degree in an area other than athletic training, but wish to gain requirements to become a certified athletic trainer, the Master of Athletic Training program is for you.

In just two years, you will master every aspect of athletic training, including injury prevention, injury evaluation and diagnosis, emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation and organizational administration. Metro Birmingham affords students with a number of diverse clinical opportunities in major athletic training and health care facilities as well as high schools, sports medicine clinics and more.

Our faculty and clinical preceptors are passionate about teaching and helping you achieve your professional goals. Our cohorts are small and faculty are readily available to you. At Samford, we are committed to your success and we look forward to helping you pursue a career as a certified athletic trainer.

Application Process

Master of Athletic Training Application

ATCAS Application Opens: June 28, 2018
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018
Entry Month: May 2019
Interview Date: January 2019

Early Decision Program: 

ATCAS Application Opens: June 28, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
The application must be complete and ready for review.
Entry Month: May 2019
Interview Date: October 2018

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Athletic Training program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through ATCAS as well as the Master of Athletic Training Supplemental Form.

Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Before you begin your application, please review the ATCAS Instructions & FAQs
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in ATCAS.  Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the ATCAS Transcript Department. ATCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by ATCAS to verify your application. Send transcripts to:

ATCAS Verification Department
PO Box 1932
Watertown, MA  02471

  • Pay the initial service fee of $85 when submitting the ATCAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor; and 3) an Athletic Trainer. These letters of recommendation must be submitted through ATCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Self-report GRE scores to ATCAS and send official scores to Samford University Code 1779.
  • On campus interview
  • Please complete application in its entirety.
  • Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

ATCAS Customer Service Information
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00 EST

For more information regarding the admission process, please contact:
Marian Carter, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

Admission Requirements

Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission
Academic Retention Policy

Admission to the Master of Athletic Training program is competitive.

Requirements for admission consideration include:

  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (degree in any field), or be enrolled in your senior year of undergraduate study.
    *Conditional admission: A completed bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. Applicants may receive a conditional acceptance with a letter from the registrar stating they have in fact completed the requirements for the degree. The “conditional” status is removed once an official transcript is received.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieve a “C” or better in all pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited college or university. All pre-requisite courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to application.
    Required pre-requisite courses include:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
    • General Psychology
    • Motor Learning or Biomechanics
    • Kinesiology
    • Exercise physiology 
    • Health/Wellness
    • Statistics
    • Chemistry, physics, pathophysiology and research design are recommended
    • CPR - Must be one of the following:
      • Professional Rescuer & AED by the American Red Cross
      • BLS Healthcare Provider CPR by the American Heart Association
      • CPR PRO for the Healthcare Professional by Health & Safety Institute
  • Graduate Record Examination score (within the past 5 years) with minimum scores of:
    • Verbal: 153
    • Quantitative: 144
    • Analytical: 4.0.
      Applicants must self-report their GRE scores in ATCAS and submit official GRE records to Samford University at code: 1779
  • 50 hours of documented volunteer/shadowing experience with a certified athletic trainer
  • Three letters of reference through the ATCAS application system. References should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor, 3) a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • On campus interview

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.



CAATE Accreditation SealThe Graduate Athletic Training Program at Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The CAATE is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council of Higher Education (CHEA). After the comprehensive review for initial  program accreditation, the program was granted the maximum 5-year accreditation for new programs. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2022-2023 academic year.

There have been no students challenge the Board of Certification, Inc. exam. The program will post student outcome data here as it becomes available.

Clinical Education

In the athletic training program, your education will extend far beyond the classroom. You’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to a variety of clinical settings around Birmingham, one of the country’s most advanced health care communities. You’ll gain experience in a variety of environments, including high school athletic departments, university athletic departments, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation clinics and physicians’ offices.

Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

Master of Athletic Training tuition, per credit each semester/term - $813

Technology Fee, per semester - $175

Campus life fee, per semester - $100

Full List of General Student Expenses

Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives


The vision of the athletic training education program at Samford University is to create committed, prepared servant leaders, recognized for excellence in athletic training.


The mission on the Samford University Athletic Training Program is to engage students in an interprofessional academic and clinical learning community by promoting Athletic Training excellence in health care through experiential teaching, discovery learning and evidence based practice to fulfill our calling to Christian service.

Program Goal 1: Recruitment

The program seeks to recruit, retain and place highly qualified students into the Master of Athletic Training program.


  • Recruit, admit and retain highly qualified students.
  • Recruit, admin and retain students who use professional judgement
  • Place program graduates into athletic training positions or other post-graduate educational programs

Program Goal 2: Cultural Diversity

The program seeks to foster an environment of cultural diversity and develop culturally competent practitioners who can meet the health care needs of a diverse community.

  • Recruit and admit underrepresented groups.
  • Develop culturally competent faculty
  • Provide curricular and co-curricular educational programming related to cultural competency.

Program Goal 3: Innovation

The program will use innovative teaching and learning techniques in the delivery of athletic training educational content.


  • Provide technology and support to foster the use of innovative teaching strategies
  • Program faculty will implement effective teaching and learning techniques

Program Goal 4: Preparation

The program will develop leaders of athletic training who are competent in content knowledge and the practical skills of an entry-level athletic trainer. Students in the program will develop an appreciation for role of continuing education and life-long learning.


  • Students will be able to demonstrate the content knowledge, practical skill application and evidence based practice of athletic training.
  • Students will participate in non-credit and additional learning experiences to enhance their education

Program Goal 5: Interprofessional Education / Practice

The program will develop collaborative ready practitioners through curricular and co-curricular interprofessional education and interprofessional clinical experiences.


  • Students will participate in curricular and co-circular interprofessional education experiences
  • Students will be able to demonstrate interprofessional competency content knowledge
  • Students will be prepared to work interprofessionally

Program Goal 6: Faculty Preparation

The program will develop faculty to provide a high quality athletic training educational experience.


  • Program faculty will engage in professional development
  • Program faculty will be prepared to facilitate student learning
  • Program preceptors will be prepared to facilitate student learning

Program Goal 7: Research / Scholarship

Program faculty and students will develop engage in research and provide professional presentations.


  • Students will submit an abstract to a professional conference and present a professional presentation
  • Program faculty will apply for grants, contribute to the profession though presentations and publications

Program Goal 8: Service

Develop an understanding of service from a Christian worldview and the importance service has within the community and profession


  • Program faculty will participate in service to the college, profession and community
  • The program will provide local, national and international noncredit service opportunities.

Apply Now


CAATE Accreditation Seal

The Graduate Athletic Training Program at Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The CAATE is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council of Higher Education (CHEA). After the comprehensive review for initial  program accreditation, the program was granted the maximum 5-year accreditation for new programs. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2022-2023 academic year.