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M.S. in Athletic Training

Get Your M.S. in Athletic Training Degree at a Christian University

Residential Program

Develop the skills you need to become a certified athletic trainer with an M.S. in Athletic Training degree at Liberty University. Here, you’ll learn how to serve others through the prevention, examination, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

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Hands-On Education

Learn from experienced faculty who are grounded in their Christian faith and who share your passion for the field. Every course is taught by a faculty member with clinical experience and a doctoral degree.

The M.S. in Athletic Training is offered through the Department of Allied Health Professions. You will gain first-hand experience while taking classes in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Confidently pursue your Athletic Training degree in a profession that is recognized as an Allied Health Profession by the:

  • American Medical Association
  • Health Resources Services Administration
  • Department of Health and Human Services

Accreditation for Liberty’s Athletic Training Degree

Liberty University’s B.S. in Athletic Training Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The M.S. in Athletic Training degree is currently seeking accreditation from CAATE as we transition to the M.S. This is in addition to Liberty University’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Academic Information

Admission Requirements

View Liberty’s M.S. in Athletic Training Admissions Requirements

Clinical Experience Opportunities

Clinical Experiences will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you learn. You will complete eight different clinical experience rotations over two years. The rotations will consist of two immersive and six non-immersive experiences. Liberty University’s Athletic Training Program has over 20 clinical education sites in the Lynchburg, Va. area

  • First-year experiences will be in the Lynchburg, Va. area.
  • Second-year experiences will be local or across the United States or the world.

A licensed athletic trainer or another health-care professional (preceptor) will supervise/mentor you during the clinical experiences.

Student to preceptor ratio (1-3:1)


Athletic Training Alumni Testimonials


See What You Can Do As an Athletic Trainer

As health care professionals, athletic trainers (ATs) work with physicians to enhance patients abilities in athletics, the workplace, and everyday life. Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers have completed their degree from a curriculum-approved, CAATE-accredited program like Liberty’s and passed the Board of Certification examination. Services provided by ATs include:

Wellness Promotion and Education

Emergent Care

Examination and Clinical Diagnosis

Therapeutic Intervention

Therapeutic Intervention


 Athletic Training Facilities

Athletic Training Lab

Receive extensive hands-on learning opportunities with our state-of-the-art Athletic Training Lab.

You’ll have access to our diagnostic, first aid, therapeutic equipment, and much more.

Athletic Training Laboratory

Standardized Patient Center

Practice your clinical skills and have them recorded for evaluation in our Standardized Patient Center.

Get beneficial feedback from faculty and your peers before you take your practical exams.

Standardized Patient Center


State Licensure/Certification Disclosure

The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), is designed to lead to certification as an athletic trainer. Students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam for the Athletic Trainer when they are in their last semester or upon successful completion of the degree program. Currently, the BOC exam is recognized as the examination that satisfactorily meets educational requirements expected by state regulatory agencies that regulate (license, certify, or register) Athletic Trainers. At this time, California is the only state that does not regulate the Athletic Training profession. Consequently, there are no additional educational requirements required for all 50 states.

It is important to note that individual states have the authority to require additional information from students prior to awarding them a state license, certification, or registration in addition to passing the BOC exam in order to practice as an athletic trainer. Students are strongly encouraged to review their state-specific regulations prior to enrollment for any non-educational requirements for their respective state such as a license application qualifications, state fees, and character and fitness standards. For the most up to date information regarding athletic trainer state regulation for all states, please refer to https://www.bocatc.org/athletic-trainers#state-regulation.

Prospective students should be aware that each state has different professional licensure and certification requirements governing various occupations. Liberty University works to confirm if its educational programs meet the educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the Commonwealth of Virginia and updates this information each year. Students who plan to pursue licensure outside the Commonwealth of Virginia should be aware that state licensure requirements are subject to changes. Students are ultimately responsible for verifying their individual eligibility for state licensure and satisfying any requirements imposed thereby. While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program’s ability to meet any new educational requirements.  Students are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensure board to confirm licensure requirements and obtain additional guidance as needed from the respective licensure board.

State Licensure/Certification

View the licensure/certification requirements for your state.

Location Change

At any time you may notify us of a location change that could affect your licensure disclosure information. We require that you provide us official notification by completing the State Change Notification form. Any address changes done through your myLU portal will not be considered an official address change and will not generate an updated disclosure.