Master of Science in Athletic Training

Louisiana State University’s Athletic Training Program is a graduate professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. As the Flagship institution in the state, LSU is a leading research-extensive university and its main campus located in Baton Rouge.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is built around 60 credit hours of required clinical and classroom coursework to satisfy: the program’s accreditation requirements set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); and for the student to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc (BOC) examination and state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer upon graduation.


The CAATE is the accrediting agency for athletic training education programs. It serves the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education. The CAATE advances clinical practice and improves health care outcomes through promotion of excellence in athletic training education.

About BOC

The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) establishes both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC also works with state regulatory agencies to provide credential information, professional conduct guidelines and regulatory standards on certification issues. The BOC also has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the United States and has a mutual recognition agreement with Ireland.

Why LSU Athletic Training?

Our diverse curricular experience, within an active learning environment and access to the most advanced sports medicine resources, offers students the opportunity to complete one of the most rigorous programs in the country. The academic and clinical experiences of this program, including longtime relationships with LSU's Athletic Department, area high schools, professional sports teams, hospitals, and physician's offices, provide students opportunities to be future leaders in healthcare.   

Here are several “by the numbers” about LSU’s Athletic Training Program:    

  • 26 Students Per Cohort - Our program cohorts are set to accept 26 students, and courses are designed for innovative hands-on learning, individual attention and better communication using state-of-the-art instructional equipment and facilities.
  • 16+ Weeks Clinical Immersion - LSU is a flagship university in the state and known for its clinical sites, facilities, faculty and preceptors. Students will complete at least 16 weeks of clinical immersive work in LSU Athletics, orthopedic and primary care medicine clinics, high schools, and other medical facilities.
  • 500+ Elite Athletes - Through LSU Athletics, Athletic Training students will gain extensive clinical experiences providing medical care to championship-caliber athletes.
  • 50+ Innovators in Clinical Practice - Experience matters, and LSU’s athletic trainers, physicians and other healthcare providers set the bar for providing and teaching innovative sports medicine in Louisiana and the nation.
  • 20+ Award-Winning Clinical & Instructional Faculty - LSU’s AT faculty and preceptors have received numerous regional and national accolades and are committed to excellence in patient care, clinical research and athletic training student success. 

Students graduating from our program will also be presented with the opportunity to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination after the initial Summer semester. Additionally, students will complete specialized training in diagnostic ultrasound, orthopedic casting, IV administration, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization techniques, manual therapies, as well as medical diagnostics and other therapeutic intervention techniques.

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Application Notes

The application period is now open.

The application deadline is the last date that all application materials can be completed for an applicant to be considered for admission. Applicants granted an observation hours extension waiver will be considered complete for the purpose of continuing in the application process. The program will begin an early review of complete applications starting November 1 and continue through the key dates established. The program will conduct interviews (in-person or virtual) for eligible candidates prior to the deadlines posted in order to provide all applicants with an expedited application process.
(Last updated 07-22-2021)

COVID-19 Questions Related To Completing Program Application Materials

We have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on each applicant’s ability to successfully complete the application materials for our program. In addition to the application deadline extended to January 3, 2021, the program is addressing questions from applicants. Please view the COVID-19 Related Questions tab below. 
(Last updated 10-01-2020)


According to the US Department of Labor, the athletic training profession is one of the Top 10 in-demand healthcare professions. LSU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training is geared to prepare students to enter and excel in this rewarding, fast-growing field.

Just as important as the opportunity to become dual credentials, LSU’s MSAT offers graduate students the ability to:

  • learn how to build positive professional relationships with patients, administrators and other healthcare providers and the public.
  • have the opportunity work in a variety of clinical and didactic settings to develop the knowledge and skills necessary entry-level athletic trainer to practice successfully.
  • get experience using current and emerging technologies in patient education and care.
  • explore ways to integrate research into daily clinical practice through the acquisition, use and practice of evidence-based medicine.
  • acquire strategies to provide culturally competent and efficient medical care to diverse populations.
  • establish a professional philosophy that incorporates the highest standards for the patient, professional and patient advocacy and legal/ethical medical practice.

For more information, here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our program. 

The application process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training is conducted through online application system via the LSU Graduate School. The LSU Graduate School provides information on acceptance to LSU, while the program's website along with the LSU Graduate Catalog will provide admission process and criteria for admission. 

To help candidates make sure they have all the required documentation, we have created the MSAT Self-Assessment Checklist.

The admissions process for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will occur through several defined steps:

Program Start: May 23, 2022

  • EARLY Application Cycle (July 15 - November 1). Applicants must first apply to the MSAT through ATCAS and will be linked to the LSU Graduate School application form to complete the application submission process. Completed applications (even with prerequisite courses in progress or to be completed in Spring 2022) will be reviewed.
    • Verification and Application Review Process (October 1 - November 7) - completed applications received prior to November 1 will be reviewed during this time window; candidates will be notified of invitation for candidate interview and eligibility status for the LSU Graduate Tuition Waiver Award (full tuition waiver) during this time period.
    • Early Cycle Interviews (November 15 - December 15) - options for a non-campus or virtual interview will be provided on the MSAT website.
    • Early Cycle Cohort Seat Acceptance Period (December 15 - January 5) -interviewed candidates will receive an acceptance notification and will have this period to accept their cohort seat. After January 5, the program will not guarantee the offered seat is available as it will become available to eligible waitlisted or provisional applicants.
    • Early Cycle Acceptance Completion (December 15 - January 5) - Applicants receiving an acceptance invitation will complete the necessary Clinical Readiness Requirements (due May 1) as well as complete any remaining prerequisite coursework prior to program start on May 23, 202.
  • PROVISIONAL Application Cycle (only for completed applications received between November 2 - May 1, if necessary). Completed applications during this time period will receive full consideration for any remaining cohort seats.
    • Verification and Applicant Review Process (November 2 - March 1, if necessary) -Completed applications will be reviewed and be notified of consideration for remaining cohort seats.
    • Provisional Cycle Interviews (will be scheduled as necessary; will take place approximately on the 2nd and 4th weeks of January and February).
    • Acceptance Notification (provisional candidates will have a 7-day window to accept the program admission offer).

Once notified of admittance to the MSAT, students must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the degree program's course requirements: 

Students in the MSAT are required to work in a variety of health care settings. The MSAT program policies and procedures comply with the CAATE Accreditation Standards, as well as recommendations of the MSAT medical director and LSU Student Health Center. 

Students must fulfill all Clinical Readiness Requirements no later than May 1 in order to start the program course requirements after June 1. Each student is responsible for all fees associated with fulfilling the Clinical Readiness Requirements (complete details are available on the MSAT website): 

  • MSAT Medical History Form (completed through the LSU Student Health Center Student Health Portal)
  • Health Physical Exam (must use MSAT Physical Examination Form if off-campus; if on-campus, will be completed at the LSU Student Health Center)
  • Immunizations
  • Technical Standards
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) with First Aid certifications (by American Red Cross or American Heart Association) must be completed within a two-year window of the June 1 start
  • Criminal Background Check (required for clinical experiences at off-campus clinical affiliated sites including hospitals)
  • Drug Screen - 10 panel screen
  • TB Skin Test (within past 12 months prior to June 1 start)
  • Signed HIPAA/Privacy/Confidential Form
  • Signed Professional and Personal Conduct Form

Q: I have attempted to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), however my registration has been pushed back due to the testing site closure. Is LSU providing a waiver for the GRE due to COVID-19?
A: Currently the GRE is available to take either in person (at a testing center) or through an online/proctored format (via ProctorU); available around the clock, seven days a week through December 31, 2020. For more information on registering for the GRE visit Examination Testing Services.

However, the GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and 3.2 GPA prerequisite coursework. Students with 3.2 GPA or above can submit GRE report to enhance Admission Score. 

Q: Due to the pandemic, I am concerned that I will not be able to complete the required 75 observation hours requirement to apply to the program. Will observation hours be waived if I can cannot complete the hours prior to the application deadline?
A: The completion of the observation hours is a critical component of our application process. However your health and safety during the pandemic is of utmost importance. At this time the MSAT will not be issuing waivers for observation hours, however LSU will provide an extension to applicants to complete any remaining observation hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. Applicants who need an extension should reach out to the LSU program to determine a due date for the extension. If you cannot find a location to complete your observation hours the program will utilize its extensive relationships across the country to identify providers in the applicant’s vicinity to assist in completing your observation hours. Applicants will be considered for admission into the MSAT with the waiver however students will only receive “Provisional Admission” status until proof of completed observation hours are submitted.

(Last updated 10-01-2020)

The Master of Science in Athletic Training in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

The technical standards set forth by the Master of Science in Athletic Training establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]).

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to and enrolled in the professional phase of the Master of Science in Athletic Training. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program, nor retained in the program. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student program admission nor eligibility for the BOC certification examination.

Candidates for selection to, and students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training, must demonstrate:

The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.

Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

While the list above provides specific areas, the following list is not inclusive but merely provides examples of various technical standards components:

Specific Components
(with sample representative areas)
Ability to observe a patient accurately

Evaluation/assessment of a patient’s gait or posture at least 10 feet away

Observe patient’s response and physical signs

Read diagnostic instruments such as thermometer, goniometer, settings on a therapeutic modality device

Utilization of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques with patients, peer healthcare providers, family members of patients, etc.

Obtain information from patients and caregivers to develop a written history

Explain evaluation and treatment procedures

Explain and demonstrate therapeutic exercise programs

Written communication of patient or client’s responses in a written medical record

Present healthcare topics to general public


Perform athletic training skills in a safe, reliable and efficient manner

Practice within the ethical and legal parameters as defined by state and federal laws

Perform athletic training skills and procedures safe and effectively with appropriate tempo, strength, power, endurance for the individual (class partners, self, patients, clients)

Follow policies and procedures outlined in the emergency action plans (EAP)

Perform chest and abdominal auscultations

Assess and interpret findings of vital signs, special clinical tests, balance and proprioception, neurological function, tissue integrity

Measure and appropriate fit assistive ambulatory devices and devices

Apply therapeutic devices

Apply bracing, taping, splinting, or casting materials appropriate for its intended use/function

Administer balance training, cardiovascular function tests, cardiopulmonary resuscitation including adjunct airway devices, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization techniques, patient transfers


Ability to problem solve rapidly and the ability to learn and reason

Ability to integrate, analyze, and synthesize information in a multitask setting

Ability to understand spatial relationship of anatomical structures

Understand the scientific process and the ability to apply evidence-based medicine into clinical practice

Adapt available resources to appropriately provide treatment to wounds and other injuries using universal precautions

Ability to determine an accurate clinical diagnosis and develop a treatment plan

Ability to re-evaluate a patient and apply modifications to existing treatment plans

Perform various types of research

Interpret patient/client responses and address needs/concerns as part of the evaluation process


Practice athletic training in an ethical, legal, and safe manner

Ability to respond to medical emergencies

Ability to demonstrate effective management skills in medical and non-medical emergency situations

Abides by the LSU Code of Student Conduct

Complies with policies and procedures within the LSU Athletic Training Student Handbook

Adheres to specific policies outlined by clinical sites

Complies with the Board of Certification’s Standards of Professional Practice for Athletic Trainers


Students must possess the emotional health to exercise good/sound judgment and perform duties to their completion

Ability to adapt to changing situations and display flexibility without compromising quality of care and policies/procedures in the clinical setting

Implement effective techniques to establish rapport with patients, clients, coaches, peers, family members, etc.

Ability to learn new skills and tasks to improve as a professional, as well as ability to accept feedback/critique

Ability to demonstrate lifelong personal and professional growth

Ability to recognize the need for professional mental health assistance


Candidates for selection to the Master of Science in Athletic Training will be required to verify (signed affidavit) they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. 

Students currently participating in the Master of Science in Athletic Training must be able to meet the technical standards, with or without accommodation, at all times. 

LSU Disability Services, in coordination with the program director and medical director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training, will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences, and internships deemed essential to graduation. 

Failure of the student to follow a prescribed plan of accommodation or treatment plan that provides the student a reasonable opportunity to meet the technical standards may result in permanent dismissal from the Master of Science in Athletic Training.

All students must read and sign the Technical Standards on an annual basis form prior to beginning any clinical experiences associated with the Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

The LSU MSAT application is a 2-step process; applicants must first complete an application in ATCAS to receive a link to apply to the LSU Graduate School. Below summarizes both application steps; refer to other areas within the LSU MSAT website for details on the application process, application materials required, etc.

ATCAS (MSAT Program) Application

  • Applicants must complete and submit a program application within ATCAS that includes:
    • Supporting Information – all information requested in ATCAS
    • Submit GRE* Scores – use code "4927" (Louisiana State University-MS Athletic Training-ATCAS)
      • *GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and 3.2 GPA prerequisite coursework. However, students with 3.2 GPA or above can submit GRE report to enhance Admission Score. 
    • Prerequisite Course Descriptions – click on the “Prerequisites” area of the MSAT website to complete the Prerequisite Review Form to receive an official review of your past, in-progress, and/or future course.
    • Observation Hours – Minimum 75 hours; At least 50 must be completed under a BOC certified athletic trainer (ATC); remaining 25 hours can be completed under a physician (MD/DO only). Only submit hours completed after high school but within 4 calendar years of application. Hours must be verified with the name, credential, and signature from supervising healthcare provider. It is recommended to submit all healthcare-related hours which may strengthen the application.
    • CV/Resume – be sure to include your work experience, along with any educational, leadership, and professional activities. This includes publications, presentations, honors, and awards.
    • Personal Statement - be sure to include the following:
      • a brief statement of the applicant’s background and interests, 
      • a description of her/his experience and skill, and
      • his/her longer-term professional and academic goals and how the program aligns with those goals. 
      • A well-formed personal statement should also describe the kinds of topics and/or experiences the applicant would like to explore while enrolled in the program. It is beneficial if applicants can draw a connection between her/his long-term professional interest area and the ability of the program to cultivate the applicant's professional growth.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation/evaluation (submitted in ATCAS); At least one (1) must be from a BOC Athletic Trainer (ATC) who supervised your observation hours.
    • Licenses/Certifications – upload any current documents including Basic Life Support (BLS) certification if you currently possess BLS.  BLS is not required prior to the application deadline but will be required to complete prior to start of the program in June.
  • Upon acceptance the MSAT program you will be required to complete all Clinical Readiness Requirements (see our website for details) prior to beginning the program in June.

LSU Graduate School Application

  • After completing the ATCAS application you will receive an email invitation to apply to the LSU Graduate School.
  • You will not need to upload any documentation, provide letter of recommendation, etc. as these documents have been submitted into ATCAS.
  • There are several questions that asked in both the ATCAS and LSU Graduate School; Your application to the LSU Graduate School will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
  • Your official transcripts and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores submitted to ATCAS will be transferred to LSU. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid. 
  • International applicants will be required to submit approved English Language Proficiency scores.  Refer to the LSU Graduate School for further information on any additional requirements.

A complete application includes both a fully submitted application in ATCAS and LSU Graduate School.  You will receive email notifications from both application platforms, as well as from the LSU Athletic Training Program regarding your application materials.

Application Questions? Please contact Dr. Ray Castle, MSAT Program Director, with questions, to set up a Zoom meeting, or to schedule an on-campus visit.

The curriculum for the master's degree in athletic training has been approved the Louisiana Board of Supervisors.

Students applying to the Master of Science in Athletic Training must meet the following minimum application criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the applicant’s last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Minimum of 290 GRE* score. (*GRE is not required for any student who has above a 3.2 GPA Last 60 Hours and a 3.2 GPA Prerequisite Coursework; see Admission Scoring for more information)
  • Acceptance to the LSU Graduate School.
  • Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks. The technical standards are available on the program’s website and made available in the ATCAS application system.
  • Completion of minimum of 75 hours of observational professional experiences under a BOC credentialed athletic trainer and/or physician (at least 50 hours must be under the BOC credentialed athletic trainer).
            Sample Observation Hours Documentation Form: The attached form may be used or the applicant can create a similar form to document observation hours. Students are encouraged to create a separate form for each healthcare provider.
    • Contact an Athletic Training Program Faculty member to receive a list of athletic trainers in Louisiana who are currently accepting students to obtain athletic training observation hours for the LSU Master of Science in Athletic Training.

  • Completion of on-campus interviews with program faculty/preceptors.
  • Applicants must also submit a 1,000 word or less “Personal Statement” which provides a brief statement of the applicant’s background and interests, a description of her/his experience and skill, and his/her longer-term professional and academic goals and how the program aligns with those goals. A well-formed personal statement should also describe the kinds of topics and/or experiences the applicant would like to explore while enrolled in the program. It is beneficial if applicants can draw a connection between her/his long-term professional interest area and those of the faculty in the School.
  • Applicants who are narrowly trained or who have taken a significant amount of work on a pass-fail basis or in ungraded courses may be required to submit scores on GRE Subject (Advanced) Tests before their applications can be considered.

Applicants are required to submit a list of all courses to be considered (past, in-progress, or future) as meeting Prerequisites for the LSU MSAT:

Prerequisite Review Form

  • Step 1 – Submit your courses for review
    • NOTE:  you will receive an email immediately after; this is only a confirmation of the information you submitted and not the review.
  • Step 2 – You will receive an official electronic review in 1-3 business days.
    • For prerequisite courses that have different titles, credit hours, etc., the LSU Athletic Training Program will review the applicant's comparable academic course(s) to determine if the coursework fulfills the prerequisites.
  • Step 3 – Return to your ATCAS profile
  • Step 4 – Upload your official LSU prerequisite review into "Catalog Course Descriptions" section.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Two semesters Biology (no lab required)
  • One semester Chemistry (no lab required)
  • One semester Physics (no lab required)
  • Two semesters Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent with Lab
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology
  • Personal Health and Wellness 


Prerequisite Course Min Semester Credits: Description/Comments LSU Course Equivalent(s):
Biology 6 Two semesters (no lab required); May have been taken as a general biology courses, biology for science majors, honors-level biology courses, or any combination. BIOL 1201 or equivalent; BIOL 1202 or equivalent
Biomechanics 3 Anatomical and mechanical analysis of human movement; emphasis on structure and function of bone and muscle, statics, dynamics, kinematics, kinetics, and projectile motion. KIN 3514 or equivalent
Chemistry 3 No lab required; Modern chemical theories and principles; quantitative approach and problem solving; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds. CHEM 1201 or equivalent
Exercise Physiology 3 Basic physiological concepts of the muscular, metabolic, cardiovascular, and circulo-respiratory systems; behavior of each system in relation to exercise; determination of normal and abnormal physical responses to exercise. KIN 3515 or equivalent
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 Some institutions offer human anatomy and physiology with labs as a combined course thus two semesters are required; other institutions offer human anatomy and human physiology as separate courses, thus both courses and in which both are required as well as labs. KIN 2500 and BIOL 2160 or equivalents PLUS two (2) physiology/anatomy lab credits consisting of:

KIN 3500 (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab; KIN 3519 – Human Anatomy Prosection (1) and another 1 cr BIOL lab; or KIN 4519 – Cadaver Dissection (3 cr)

Medical Terminology 3 In-depth introduction to medical terminology, with a focus on body systems, medical specialties and medical communication. KIN 2509 or equivalent
Nutrition 3 Principles of nutrition and their application in promoting health; guidelines for assessing nutritional status; emphasis on the adult. NSF 1110 or equivalent
Personal Health & Wellness 3 Content and theory related to basic health information; critical health issues; economic, political, and cultural influences on health and wellness; improving and maintaining optimal health and wellness. KIN 1600 or equivalent
Physics 3 No lab required; May have been taken as a general physics course, physics for science majors, honors-level physics courses. PHYS 2001 or equivalent
Psychology (General) 3 Understanding, prediction and control of human behavior. May have been taken as a general psychology course, or honors-level psychology course. PSYC 2000 or equivalent
Statistics 3 Descriptive statistics; inferential statistical methods including confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing for one and two population means and proportions; one-way ANOVA; simple linear regression and correlation; analysis of categorical data. EXST 2201, SOCL 2201, or equivalent


Clinical Education: Overview

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize the activity and participation of patients and clients.

Athletic training students at LSU participate in six semesters of clinical education that prepare them in the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Under the direction of preceptors (approved by the Master of Science in Athletic Training), the athletic training student acquires a minimum of 50 clinical hours per credit hour in clinical courses, and/or completion of specific clinical components the course each semester.

Some clinical education experiences will require afternoon, evening, and weekend commitments. In addition, student may be asked to report for clinical education prior or following the academic calendar (i.e., preseason and post season).

Students gain clinical education experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings with patients engaged in a range of activities. 

Examples of clinical experiences include: Team and individual sports at the high school and collegiate level; sports requiring protective equipment; sports with genders opposite the student; and, non-sport patient populations at physician offices and clinics.

Athletic training students gain valuable interpersonal skills while working closely with preceptors, patients and a wide variety of healthcare professionals during year-long clinical educational experiences. The knowledge and experience gained prepares students to successfully enter the profession of athletic training. 

In cases where the minimum clinical hours requirement (as outlined in the course syllabus) is not obtained, A GRADE OF “I” will be awarded until the minimum hour requirement is met

General Guidelines for Clinical Education

Students are referred to the Appearance & Behavior guidelines within this handbook.

Students are expected to be punctual for all clinical education experiences. In the event you will be late or cannot be present, you must notify your preceptor immediately. Interference with outside employment is not a valid reason for attendance problems. Problems with punctuality are grounds for dismissal.

Students must work to develop proficiency in their clinical skills. To this end, clinical proficiency will be regularly evaluated. Students will be provided with access to evaluations and will discuss these evaluations with their supervisors to clarify areas that need improvement. Likewise, students will evaluate their preceptors at regular intervals to provide feedback on their clinical education experience.

Specific guidelines for the completion of required clinical proficiencies will be distributed and discussed in all Athletic Training clinical courses. Students must complete all required proficiencies to progress to the next sequence of clinical education.

Mandatory Pre-Clinical In-Services 

All students are required to attend pre-clinical in-services prior to engaging in any clinical requirements set forth by the Master of Science in Athletic Training. All students are required to complete annual in-service training that will be held in late July or early August at dates/times published. 

Clinical Experiences Requirement 
All athletic training students must participate in annual in-services (blood-borne pathogens training; CPR/First Aid; NCAA/SEC rules education; etc.,) prior to initiating any clinical education experience. In-services are a requirement for successful completion of all clinical courses each academic year. 

All students participating in the required in-services will be provided with a per diem (meal money) for the in-services time period if the in-service is conducted in late July/early August. 

Students who have a clinical assignment that begins in early August will be required to complete their clinical experience at the respective site after the conclusion of the in-services. 

Students who participate in clinical assignments at LSU outside of regularly scheduled classes may be offered additional per diem money. 

Students who are not assigned to a clinical that begins in early August will report at the beginning of the fall semester and must participate in in-service training at designated times prior to initiating clinical education experiences.

Students are assigned to specific preceptors throughout each semester of clinical experiences, and thus, are provided the unique opportunity to fully learn and appreciate the totality of the clinical assignment given to the student.

Students are expected to accurately and regularly log clinical (duty hours) hours and associated program data requirements related to their clinical experience in the online E*Value system; failure to do so might result in programmatic and/or academic (clinical course grade) penalties. 

As part of the programmatic outcome assessments and opportunity for reflective learning students will be asked to record the athletic training services they observe and perform during clinical experiences on the online E*Value system. 

Students are required to complete their assigned clinical experience from the initial first day of clinical activities through the last day of the activity. This may require the student to begin their clinical experience prior to the first day of classes (e.g., football; women’s soccer; volleyball; etc.) and/or continue/complete the clinical assignment after the last day of classes for the semester (e.g., football post-season bowl appearance; men’s basketball; women’s basketball; baseball; softball; track; etc.). 

This may include official school holiday sessions (e.g., Thanksgiving holiday; Christmas holiday; Mardi Gras; Spring Break; etc.,). The experiences gained during these out of semester time periods are directly associated with the clinical course the student is enrolled.

All students will be required to complete at least one continuous four-week (minimum) immersive clinical experience in which the student will be fully engaged in a clinical setting. This immersive experience will occur in ATRN 7300 – Athletic Training Clinical Practice III during the Summer 2 semester of the MSAT.

Required vs. Optional Clinical Hours
During LSU Breaks for High School Clinical Sites

In order to define when athletic training students should be attending their clinical rotation at a high school clinical site (including University Laboratory School), the following LSU recognized breaks will be optional for the student to attend:

  • Thanksgiving Break (typically Wednesday-Sunday during Thanksgiving week). Exception would be if the school he/she is participating in has a football playoff contest then the expectation is that they are present for clinical during this period.
  • Winter Break (last day of finals until the Monday prior to the first day of Spring classes)
  • Mardi Gras Break (Saturday through Tuesday)
  • LSU Spring Break (Saturday through following Sunday) 

Students should be given relief (reduced clinical hours) during final examination week for the fall semesters. For the spring semester final examinations, the last required clinical day for students is the Saturday prior to final examination week.

Students are required to begin their fall clinical rotations when the clinical in-services are completed each August. 

The LSU Athletic Department will provide per diem (or meals) and housing (optional) to athletic training students who have been given a clinical assignment that occurs prior to the start of the semester, during holiday breaks, and/or after the end of the last day of classes for the semester. The per diem and/or housing provided may vary according to the clinical assignment and the event schedule of the clinical assignment.

Priority of Clinical Coursework

The professional (clinical) phase of the MSAT places equal importance/emphasis on didactic (classroom) and clinical coursework. 

Clinical courses are essential and critical to the education of the athletic training student. Clinical coursework is not considered “work” nor is the activity voluntary; it is required to complete all programmatic criteria to graduate with a degree in athletic training and eligibility for state and national credentialing examinations. 

The clinical coursework allows the athletic training student to put “knowledge into professional practice” to become a competent qualified AT. Clinical coursework is focused on transition to clinical practice to become a highly qualified practitioner upon graduation from LSU.

Clinical assignments and responsibilities take priority over all other elective activities, including but not limited to:

  • Elective OR out-of-sequence courses (including study-abroad courses)
  • Employment
  • Social activities
  • Participation in athletic events (triathlons; 5K’s; etc)
  • Student clubs or Greek organization
  • Professional or religious mission work
  • Vacations

While clinical coursework is priority for the student’s professional growth, we are very mindful and support each student in pursuing external activities to drive his/her “passions.” The student should communicate with the program faculty and preceptors at the beginning of the rotation the extent that the elective activities may impact the athletic training student overall academic (didactic and clinical) requirements to promote effective life-balancing.

Clinical Placements

All clinical work is conducted at clinical sites approved by LSU and with preceptors who have completed the MSAT-specified preceptor training on an annual basis prior to the student’s placement.

The clinical placement process is complex and the focus is on placing each student in situation where the student will experience continual positive growth and maturity as a health care professional.

While the program may take each student’s clinical assignment preference into consideration, the program does not make clinical placement decisions based on individual student requests. 

The MSAT reserves the right to modify the student’s clinical assignment at any time due to, but not limited to: negative student professional conduct; clinical incompetence; issues/concerns of the patient; failure to adhere to the clinical site policies/procedures; or health and safety concerns at the clinical site that pose a perceived or actual risk for the student. 

Any student who is removed from a clinical assignment due to disciplinary actions will not be re-assigned to an alternative clinical site. The student should refer to the Disciplinary Policies for actionable items that may result in removal from a clinical site and/or program.

Appropriate/Inappropriate Clinical Supervision

Athletic training students cannot participate in the delivery of athletic training services without the physical presence and direction of a Preceptor. Only credentialed healthcare providers that have completed appropriate background verification, preceptor training, and designation by the Athletic Training Program Director and Clinical Coordinator are permitted to supervise LSU Athletic Training Students.

All athletic training students complete a formal educational session and signature verification that he/she has read and understands the policies and procedures in the LSU Athletic Training Student Handbook prior to initiating clinical experiences each academic year. 

Additionally, athletic training students formally meet with his/her preceptor to review policies and procedures of the respective clinical site prior to initiating clinical experiences. 

Athletic Training Students are not permitted to deliver athletic training services without the physical presence and direction of a preceptor designated by the Athletic Training Program director and clinical coordinator. 

Unsupervised activity is not permitted at any time during clinical education and is grounds for immediate disciplinary action, which may include permanent removal of the clinical site and/or dismissal of the athletic training student from the professional phase of the bachelor of science in Athletic Training.

During the athletic training student’s progression, the program is required to provide a student with opportunities to support autonomous clinical decision making with minimal supervision. The student will be required to demonstrate clinical competence prior to being in a position to conduct patient care in minimally supervised situations. 

Supervision Requirements for Clinical Experiences

During each clinical course the athletic training will be required to complete clinical experiences under the supervision of a preceptor who is an athletic trainer or physician.  

The program will incorporate opportunities for students to obtain supplemental clinical experiences under other health care providers to support inter-professional growth and collaboration. 

For any given clinical course, clinical experiences under an athletic trainer or physician must account for at least 80 percent of the total clinical hours, while no more than 20 percent of total clinical hours can be obtained under the supervision of other health care providers (who have also completed preceptor training). 

For example: if a student completes 200 documented clinical hours during a semester, then no more than 40 hours (20 percent) can be documented under other healthcare providers.  

Clinical hours will be documented in the E*Value Clinical Tracking System as “Athletic Training Clinical Experiences” (under an AT or MD/DO only) or “Supplemental Clinical Experiences” (under other healthcare providers who are not an AT or MD/DO) to allow the program and student to clearly verify the type of provider the student is completing clinical hours. 

“Supplemental Clinical Experience” opportunities involve other (non-AT; non-MD/DO) health care providers as preceptors, but these opportunities do not fulfill clinical experience requirements as defined by the 2020 CAATE Standards 56-94. 

General Medical Clinical Rotations Guidelines

All athletic training students must participate in scheduled clinical interactions with various medical personnel during his/her tenure in the LSU Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

The primary goal of the general medical rotations is to provide each student with a unique opportunity to interact with various medical personnel (family practice physicians, orthopedic physicians, etc.,) that he/she will work with after graduating from LSU.

General Guidelines

  • All students will have a similar number and exposure type of general medical clinical rotations during each academic year. 
  • Attendance is required at all scheduled clinical rotations. 
  • Students must accurately report the duty hours and supervision on E*Value to verify his/her interaction with the assigned healthcare professional.
  • Students must notify the Clinical Education Coordinator (or designated staff member) that he/she will not be able to attend if a conflict exists.
  • You cannot “swap” general medical clinical rotations with other students unless there is an emergency and/or class conflict, and such “swap” has been approved by the Clinical Education Coordinator.
  • Student must adhere to the dress code and professional codes of conduct established for the location of the general medical clinical rotation as established by the clinical site.
  • Assignments will be made on a semester basis and coordinated through the Clinical Education Coordinator.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Athletic training students are responsible for their own transportation (and expenses incurred) to and from their clinical assignments. On-campus assignments are typically located at (or very near) sites on the campus bus loop, but some on-campus and all off-campus sites may require you to arrange your own transportation.

Financing Your Graduate Education

In addition to federal financial aid which requires a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), LSU and academic departments offer fellowships, assistantships, tuition awards, and grants. Please note that some funding opportunities and admissions deadlines are the same. Contact the academic department for information about funding opportunities.

After admission to the MSAT, students are also eligible for state, regional, and national professional organization scholarships from athletic training organizations. 

Students who reside outside of Louisiana may be eligible for scholarships through their respective state and regional professional athletic training organizations. Click here to find your state and regional association websites.

Additionally, the Murray T. Burch Memorial Athletic Training Student Scholarship was created January 2021 through the LSU Foundation to posthumously honor LSU Athletic Training alumnus Murray Burch. This scholarship is for students in the MSAT program. For more information about Murray and his legacy, please visit the scholarship page.

We encourage you to explore other funding opportunities also.

Tuition & Fees

The Fee Schedule lists the current cost of tuition, Required Fees, and other fees for graduate students.

The estimated tuition schedule below is based on curriculum structure that students will be required throughout the program.

YEAR 1 – Summer (9 credits), Fall (15 credits), and Spring (15 credits)
YEAR 2 – Summer (3 credits), Fall (9 credits), and Spring (9 credits)

  LA-Resident Non-Resident
Year 1 19,253 40,492
Year 2 14,643 32,427
Totals* 33,896 72,920

*Costs are estimated based on 2021-22 LSU Graduate School tuition and fees, and do not include room and board, parking and transportation, or other expenses.

Funding Options

LSU Graduate School Application Fee Waivers
Type Eligibility Required Supplemental Documents
Service Based Organization

U.S. citizen or permanent resident affiliated with one of the following program:

  • A signed letter of support from the MSAT program director.
Financial Hardship U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Part one of the most recent year’s FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) including Estimated Student or Family Contribution.
  • Official verification of participation in a low income, government aid program.
U.S. Armed Forces Active member or veteran of the U.S. armed services.
  • Completed Fee Waiver Request form.
  • Military ID
  • Leave & Earning Statement (LES)
  • DD-214: Military Service Record

Additional Information About Fee Waivers:

  • Take the required actions for your request well in advance of your program's application deadline to allow for processing.
  • The fee waiver does not apply to any additional fees required by the applicant's program of study.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Processing times vary. You will receive an email response regarding the outcome of your request.


Graduate Tuition Waiver

The LSU Graduate School awards up to 200 tuition exemptions to graduate students from underrepresented groups annually. The tuition awards provide for an exemption from either or both the resident and nonresident fee. Recipients are responsible for paying university-required fees. Students must be regularly admitted to a graduate program at LSU and be nominated by their departments.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants help faculty members teach classes, conduct research or handle day-to-day administration tasks. Most assistantships are awarded at time of admission, but opportunities may also be available for current students. Your program department is the best source for information about assistantship opportunities.

Available assistantship opportunities are advertised in the Weekly Announcements. Learn more about assistantships policies & guidelines

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM), offered through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), is a tuition-savings program for college students who want to pursue graduate degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution's in-state tuition rates.


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Other Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Financial Aid has an extensive list of scholarship opportunities offered by organizations across the country.

Funding for International Students

Typically, international students do not qualify for U.S. financial aid such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc. Most international students may work up to 20 hours per week on campus. If you are awarded a graduate assistantship and English is not your first language, you will be required to certify your oral proficiency in English before assuming your assistantship duties. Learn more about international student employment on the International Services Office website under Financial Assistance.

CAATE Program Information and Outcomes 

Louisiana State University’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd Suite 100, Austin, Texas, 78731-3184 (phone #512-733-9700). Our most recent comprehensive re-accreditation review was in 2018-19 and was awarded a 10-year accreditation period (maximum possible for programs) with our next comprehensive review in 2028-29.   

To view LSU program data and outcomes, visit

CAATE accredited program

Federal Regulations Disclosure – LSU’s Athletic Training Program

The LSU School of Kinesiology’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the only body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit athletic training education programs in the United States. The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) is currently accredited by CAATE, and has begun a voluntary closure and transitioning into the MSAT. LSU’s BSAT and MSAT programs meet the educational requirements for professional regulatory requirements to practice athletic training in 49 states and the District of Columbia; currently there is no regulation for legal athletic training practice in California. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. The BSAT and MSAT program works with students to ensure they meet all applicable state licensure requirements. Applicants and students are encouraged to refer to their state licensing board for more information about licensure requirements. State licensing boards can be found by visiting the Board of Certification, Inc.

Students can file a complaint (after going through the grievance policies of the institution) to SACS using the following form sent via ground mail to: 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097

And to the state authorization agency (if a distance education student and are unable to resolve the complaint through the grievance policies of the institution) using the following form to:

Louisiana Board of Regents 
P.O. Box 3677 
Baton Rouge, LA
ATTN: SARA Student Complaints 

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