Master of Science in Athletic Training
Athletic trainers (AT) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to optimize the activity and participation of athletes. The profession encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions in athletes.
Because by the year 2022, the athletic training profession will require a Master's degree for entry-level positions, Chatham has created two tracks for individuals interested in pursuing the MSAT:
- a traditional Master's program, open to students possessing a bachelor's degree
- an accelerated 3+2 program, in which students can earn an accelerated bachelor's degree in exercise science and the MSAT in five years
School of Health Sciences
The Masters of Science in Athletic Training is part of Chatham's prestigious School of Health Sciences (SHS). The SHS is well-known for an emphasis on engaged student learning, fostering opportunities for interprofessional training, ethical and culturally competent practice, and encouraging student-led initiatives.
Chatham University is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2020. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
Chatham offers 16 NCAA Division III sports, with most teams participating in the President's Athletic Conference (PAC):
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field
Plus, there's no doubt about it-Pittsburgh is a sports town.
"Chatham's Athletic Training Program is an integrated mix of didactic, hands on lab and simulation experiences and clinical education. Like all of our School of Health Sciences' programs, Athletic Training emphasizes excellence in both clinical skills and professionalism."
Pat Downey, PT, PhD, DPT, professor and dean for the School of Health Sciences