Athletic Training - Master of Science
The Master's of Science in Athletic Traing is a National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) accredited post-professional program. Students participate in advanced athletic training didactic, laboratory experiences and clinical internship opportunities which solidify their skills and research experiences resulting in becoming better clinicians and educators. Graduates of this program possess skills that make them highly qualified professionals and well rounded individuals.
The Graduate Athletic Training Program exposes students to a wide variety of the latest techniques and concepts in athletic training and related disciplines. Students will:
- Complete coursework within the athletic training major that emphasizes human performance and conditioning, with emphasis in aquatic therapy, strength and conditioning, manual therapy, and orthopedic fabrication.
- Participate in a two year clinical placement to enhance skills and techniques, increase confidence and leadership, promote autonomy and refine communication skills with athletes, coaches, administrators and peers.
- Learn current research techniques and trends, how to decipher research in professional journals and to apply research in the professional atmosphere.
- Have opportunities to participate in community events to enhance clinical experiences and network with other professionals.
- Work closely with other allied-health medical professionals in and around Kalamazoo.
Accredited by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited university or college and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. All applicants must be either BOC certified or have fulfilled all requirements to take the BOC exam. GRE scores are not required, but we encourage you to submit your scores.
- Complete and return the Graduate Athletic Training Education
application; attach one copy of college transcript, one copy of your GRE scores (if applicable), and your resume and return it to the graduate athletic training program director. Please submit all materials prior to January 25, 2013 or until all positions are filled (please contact Dr. Miller if you apply after the deadline).
- Have three letters of recommendation (forms
are also provided in application packet);one letter from a supervising athletic trainer/program director, one letter from individual who can substantiate your academic potential, and one letter from an individual of your choice. You may choose to have all letters included with the application but they must have the signature of the evaluator across the seal. Letters of recommendation may also be mailed separately or faxed to
- You must be officially accepted by the Office of Admissions at Western Michigan University before being considered for admission into the graduate athletic training program. You may apply for the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000 or email
- You will be contacted to arrange a phone interview after we have received your completed application (interviews may occur prior to the application deadline). You may also come to campus after the phone interview to visit. You will be able to stay with a current student if you come to campus, but must supply your own transportation to WMU.
- Be sure to follow all instructions on the application forms, including the application for financial assistance (if necessary) found in the application instructions of the graduate self-managed application.
- Final decisions of acceptance into the Graduate Athletic Training Program will be made prior to March 1 or until all positions are filled.
an application via mail, please call (269) 387-2728 or email: Dr. Michael G. Miller, Director, Graduate Athletic Training Program.
All students who are accepted into the Graduate Athletic Training Program are automatically provided with an assistantship. All assistantships pay $16,700 for 2 years. Openings are available in: WMU athletics, WMU Sports Medicine Clinic and area high schools. Although you may request a particular assistantship, placements are determined by the graduate athletic training selection committee.
- Students are responsible for partial tuition.
- All out-of-state students can apply for in-state residency (for lower tuition costs) after residing in Michigan for one year. Applications and instructions will be provided upon acceptance.
- Student fees, books and health insurance are the sole responsibility of the student.
Allegan High School
Climax-Scotts High School
Comstock High School
Delton-Kellog High School
Hackett High School
Kalamazoo Central High School
Kalamazoo Christian High School
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Lakeview Battle Creek High School
Loy Norrix High School
Otsego High School
Parchment High School
Paw Paw High School
Plainwell High School
Portage Central High School
Portage Northern High School
Vicksburg High School
Read Fieldhouse - WMU Athletics
SRC AT Lab
Waldo - WMU Athletics
WMU Sports Medicine Clinic
Student Athletic Trainers
Maggie Boersema and Cherise Endres