Master of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who work with physicians to optimize their patients’ activity. They provide physical medicine, prevent and diagnose injury, and treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic issues that would impair or limit their patients’ activity.

Certification and licensure as an athletic trainer requires, at minimum, a degree in athletic training from an accredited college or university. According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, about 70 percent of working athletic trainers in the United States hold at least a master’s degree.

The Pacific University athletic training program offers an entry-level master of science degree in athletic training. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the certification exam by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.

As students in the Pacific University Hillsboro Campus, master of science in athletic training (MSAT) students also receive access to an interdisciplinary learning environment that will help them collaborate and excel within the health care field professionally.

Program Accreditation

The master of science in athletic training program is a candidate for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAATE, awarded to developing or emerging programs.

University Accreditation

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). For more information on the University’s accreditation, see For more information on the NWCCU, see

Accreditation FAQs

What is CAATE candidacy accreditation?

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) provides the opportunity for new programs seeking accreditation status to participate in its candidacy, or pre-accreditation, program. The CAATE's current candidacy model allows new programs to come into compliance with the CAATE Standards for Accreditation in a logical sequence while being closely monitored by the CAATE. Once candidacy status has been awarded, the program must submit annual progress reports to demonstrate continued and progressive compliance with standards, including appropriate supporting documentation. Programs with candidacy accreditation may enroll and graduate students.


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