About the UNE M.S.A.T.
The UNE master's of Athletic Training combines the study of health-related sciences with the art of preventing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic and orthopedic injuries.
Imagine yourself working with elite athletes, providing care under the supervision of world-class health professionals, or treating patients in an athletic injury clinic — all while you’re still a student.
Expert athletic training faculty will guide you through a two-year journey of classes and hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art facilities.
The UNE AT program will help you become a leader in every aspect of improving individual and team wellness.
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In addition to the traditional 24-month Athletic Training master's degree, UNE also offers a 3+2 B.S./M.S.A.T., for students seeking to complete their undergraduate and graduate work within an integrated five-year track.
Why UNE for your M.S.A.T.?
Gain vital experience collaborating by studying at a leading health professions university, right on the coast of Maine.
- Learn alongside students from UNE’s medical school, studying in gross anatomy lab and providing side-by-side patient care in our on-campus Injury Care Clinic.
- By studying with other aspiring health professionals including students of nursing, PT, OT and other programs, you'll learn to collaborate in today’s team-based health care.
- Experience wide-ranging clinical opportunities in areas such as pro sports, college athletics, orthopedic clinics, primary care medicine, and graduate research.
- Learning happens in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The AT program sits in the center of UNE’s 105,000 square-foot athletics complex, providing access to facilities and teams.
- UNE’s world-class instructors lead you through a rigorous, forward-thinking curriculum.
Careers in Athletic Training
Through your coursework, labs, clinical field experiences, and internships, you will be well on your way to an exciting career in athletic training. Athletic trainers are employed by physicians’ offices and sports teams and in military settings. You may also work in related fields, including:
- Strength Coaching
- Injury Prevention
- Performing Arts/Dance Medicine
- Public Safety
- Occupational Health
Our AT graduates have landed jobs with major league franchises, such as:
- Boston Red Sox (MLB)
- Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
- Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.
Study Athletic Training on The Coast of Maine
As an M.S.A.T. student, you will study primarily on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, less than 100 miles from Boston and where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Downtown Biddeford is a 10-minute drive from campus, and UNE's Portland campus is 30 minutes away.
Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast up-and-coming energy and community. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone.
Our curriculum combines the study of anatomy and other health-related sciences with the art of preventing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic and orthopedic injuries. To learn more, see our Curriculum or visit the Catalog.
Tracks and Degrees
UNE offers a two-year M.S.A.T. degree for those with a B.S. who meet all prerequisites, as well as a 3+2 Athletic Training track for high school graduates seeking to earn their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years.
High School Students: See Undergraduate Admissions for undergraduate admissions requirements.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent) and current UNE 3+2 MSAT students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for admission into the professional/graduate phase of the athletic training program.
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Athletic Training FAQ
What is a degree in athletic training?
Many students who are considering a degree in sports medicine, sports performance, kinesiology, or exercise science may actually be thinking of an athletic training degree. An athletic training degree program combines the study of exercise science with the practices of preventing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries.
Students graduate prepared for a career as an athletic trainer and then become a certified athletic trainer once they pass their Board of Certification exam. Certified athletic trainers work in high schools, universities, professional sports, the military, hospitals, industrial settings, the performing arts, and elsewhere.
Is an athletic trainer the same thing as a personal trainer?
Athletic trainers are not the same thing as personal trainers. An athletic trainer is a health care provider who cares for athletes and the physically active. Being an AT requires successful completion of undergraduate and often master’s-level studies as well as a passing score on the Athletic Trainer Certification Exam offered by the Board of Certification.
Personal trainers are not health care providers, they are fitness coaches. This career category has less regulation, fewer established requirements, and does not require a college degree. Personal trainers do occasionally work with athletes, but they perform a very different role than athletic trainers.