Athletic Training

Program Description

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, offered through the Department of Human Performance and Health Education at Western Michigan University, 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 accentuates 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.

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Over the years of 2012-2017, 66 of 67 students have graduated within 2.5 years after entering the program (98%) and of those graduating, 100% have been employed in an athletic training related career or other allied health programs or further their education at institutions of higher education.

Admission requirements

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 Board of Certification certified or have fulfilled all requirements to take the BOC exam. GRE scores are not required, but we encourage you to submit your scores.

Western Michigan University has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.

Deadline: Jan. 31 or until all positions are filled (please contact Dr. Miller if you apply after the deadline).

Master of Science in athletic training
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Within this online application applicants must include:

  1. Resume or curriculum vita: A resume or curriculum vita is required and must be submitted within the online application. On that resume please make sure to include the following:
    1. College(s) attended and degree(s) obtained.
    2. Your undergraduate major(s) and minor(s).
    3. Your overall GPA, and your athletic training GPA.
    4. Certification information including your National Athletic Trainers' Association membership number or BOC certification number (if not yet certified, include the anticipated date of examination).
    5. Professional work experience.
    6. Extracurricular athletic training activities and awards or recognitions.
    7. Specific athletic training experience for each of the following sports. Indicate your involvement by using the following code: C—certified athletic trainer, Pprimary student athletic trainer, Aassistant student athletic trainer, Nno involvement.
      Football, Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Track, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Baseball, Swimming, Soccer, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Volleyball, Rowing, Other sports not listed.
  2. Three letters of recommendationApplicants must request such recommendations from within the online system. The recommenders will respond via the online system as well.
    1. One letter from a supervising athletic trainer/program director.
    2. One letter from individual who can substantiate your academic potential.
    3. One letter from an individual of your choice.
  3. Education history information and transcripts:
    1. Applicants must list all previously attended higher education institutions.
    2. Applicants must submit an official transcript from every higher education institution they have ever attended (except WMU).

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.

To request an application via mail, please call (269) 387-2728 or email Dr. Michael G. Miller, director of graduate athletic training program.


All students who are accepted into the graduate athletic training program are automatically provided with an assistantship. All assistantships pay $17,700 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.

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  1. Students are responsible for partial tuition.
  2. 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.
  3. Student fees, books and health insurance are the sole responsibility of the student.