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FIU Master of Science in Athletic Training Program


The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) degree is offered through the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS). The professional preparation courses in this program encompass the athletic training professional domains. The overall objectives of the FIU Athletic Training Program are to instruct, evaluate, and provide learning-over-time for the students in the following domains.

  1. Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection - Students identify injury, illness, and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program. 
  2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis - Students conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment. 
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care - Students provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injures according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care. 
  4. Treatment and Rehabilitation – Students plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function.
  5. Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being - Students plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current BOC practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice.

FIU AT students are educated in cognitive and psychomotor skills related to recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses involving the physically active as well as risk management, health care administration, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, and medical ethics and legal issues. In addition to the curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum number of clinical education hours in a variety of settings.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. The professional Master of Science in Athletic Training program at Florida International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students will graduate with a Master of Science degree in athletic training and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The FIU Athletic Training reports on student outcomes from the past three years. If you have any questions, please contact department chair Dr. Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo at dohertyj@fiu.edu.