MS Athletic Training

MS Athletic Training


Program Administrators and Advisors

Robert Sterner, Ph.D., ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program
(856) 256-4500, ext. 53767

Douglas Mann, DPE, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator
(856) 256-4500, ext. 53706

Jennifer Longo, PhD, ATC
Athletic Training Faculty
856-256-4500 ext. 53804

Laurie Dwyer, MS
Academic Advisor
(856) 256-4500 ext 65835


CAATE Program Information and Outcomes Page

Program Description

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that the entry-level degree to enter into the Athletic Training profession will move from a Bachelor's to a Master's degree by 2022. The CAATE has also mandated that all Athletic Training Professional Preparation courses must be taught at the graduate level.  All students entering Rowan University are required to complete a 3 year Pre-Athletic Training Curriculum followed by the 2 calendar year Professional Athletic Training Program. Students that successfully complete all components of the Professional Preparation Athletic Training Program (graduate) will receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Studies and a Master of Science in Athletic Training.  

In the spring of 2023, the Rowan University Athletic Training Program will be accepting students that have obtained a Bachelor's degree directly into the 2 year MSAT program.  Students that have obtained a Bachelor's degree and have met all program admission pre-requisites (See Admission Requirements) will be considered for acceptance.  Prospective students that have earned a Bachelor's degree and have obtained all the program admission requirements should go to: to apply to the two year program.  All undergraduate freshmen and transfer students that do not hold a Bachelor's degree should remain on this website for more information.  Native Rowan University freshman and transfer students that have not earned a Bachelor's degree will apply to the pre-Athletic Training Program using the Rowan App.

 Rowan University Athletic Training Program’s Advantages:

  1. Native undergraduate students accepted to the athletic traininng program will pay undergraduate tuition for a total of four years even though the 4th year is all graduate classes.  The fifth year tuition will be at the graduate rate as the student will be classified as a graduate student because they will earn a Bachelor's in Athletic Training Studies after their 4th year.  This is an advantage because many other athletic training programs require students to pay 2 calendar years of graduate tuition. This does not apply to students that have obtained a Bachelor's degree from an institution other than Rowan University.
  2. The  MSAT has 4 total clinical experience classes with two being completely immersive. This means students will spend the majority or all of a semester in the clinical setting without attending face-to-face classes. 
  3. The Pre-Athletic Training curriculum is  specifically designed to prepare the student for success within the Rowan University Professional Athletic Training Program. These Pre-Athletic Training curriculum’s major courses will introduce foundational knowledge that will be pertinent for the AT Program. 

Program Vision

The athletic training program’s vision is to be one of the best producers of extremely competent athletic trainers that will provide high quality healthcare to their patients, as well as, enhance the athletic training profession into the future.

Program Mission

The Rowan University Athletic Training Program is committed to providing a challenging and dynamic learning environment that is dedicated to excellence in education, research and providing high quality healthcare.  The program promotes a student-centered approach that prepares them to succeed in a diverse and inter-professional healthcare environment.  As a result, we are dedicated to educating students at a level of competency and professionalism that prepares them to provide quality health care for all patients served by the athletic training profession.

Program Values

These are the values that the AT program has established over time and are believed to be the core characteristics of a highly competent athletic trainer:
  1. Excellence

Definition – Excellence is practicing athletic training consistently uses evidence-based practice, theory and clinical experience to enhance patient outcomes, while reflecting on limitations, challenging mediocrity, and continuing the pursuit of developing new knowledge and techniques to advance clinical practice and the athletic training profession

2. Compassionate/Caring Healthcare


        Compassionate is the ability to appreciate or recognize a patient’s distress; together with a desire to             alleviate it

        Caring is the ability to show concern, understanding, and respect for the individual needs and values            of patients.

3.  Integrity

Definition -- Integrity is the firm adherence to incorruptible moral values that drive ethical practice and professional standards.

4. Collaborative Engagement

Definition – Collaborative engagement is an efficient, effective, and cooperative process between interdependent professionals in making healthcare decisions that s develops collective action plans to address patient care needs

5. Social Responsibility

Definition – Social Responsibility is the obligation to promote a mutual trust between the athletic training profession and the larger population to advocate for the health, wellness and access to athletic training healthcare for the common good of all society.

6. Altruism

Definition – Altruism is the unselfish regard or devotion to placing the patient’s needs above the athletic trainer’s self interest

7. Professional Responsibility

Definition – Professional Responsibility the obligation to meeting one’s obligations to provide the most contemporary and effective healthcare to the individual patient, to serve and advance the athletic training profession, and to positively influence and be an advocate for the healthcare needs for individuals within the communities athletic trainers serve.

8. Accountability

Definition – Accountability is the athletic trainer’s obligation to accept responsibility for their actions as they relate to positively affecting patient outcomes, the athletic training profession and the healthcare needs within the communities the athletic trainer serves.

Program Goals

  1. To challenge program administrators the think, plan and manage a athletic training program that ranks as one of the best among the region, state and national levels
  2. To support student success by utilizing a multitude of pedagogical techniques to reinforce the Core Competencies in athletic training education.
  3. To challenge students to respect social responsibility when practicing athletic training and through all facets of life
  4. To challenge students to become involved within the athletic training profession as fully engaged members and leaders.
  5. To challenge students to think and make critical and responsible personal and professional judgments.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the program are:

  1. To prepare students to successfully pass the BOC, INC Exam on their first attempt
  2. To have employers indicate that the program is preparing students better than other programs within the region, state and national levels.
  3. To prepare students to practice social responsibility in their practice and respect diversity.
  4. To prepare students to take on active and leadership roles within the athletic training profession
  5. To prepare student to continually develop their contemporary expertise within their clinical practice.

Faculty and Staff Commitment to Athletic Training Students

The faculty and staff are devoted to maintaining the standard of academic and clinical excellence long associated with the RUATP program. All educators, both academic and clinical, are dedicated to exceeding the standards established by CAATE so that students become a competent and well-rounded Athletic Trainer. Furthermore, the RUATP program is committed to maintaining the objectives and philosophies in line with those established by the Department of Health and Exercise Science, the College of Education, and Rowan University. The faculty and staff are therefore fully dedicated:

1. to strive to be fair and consistent in the administration of the policies, procedures, and regulations which govern the RUATP.
2. to establishing admissions criteria which are consistent with the program's mission and goals.
3. to establishing retention criteria which are consistent with the program's mission and goals.
4. to monitoring student progress in the program using retention criteria, academic evaluations, and clinical evaluations as a means to provide an opportunity for students to develop as professionals and individuals.
5. to orienting students to the NATA Code of Ethics so they can develop the appropriate standards of practice expected of Athletic Trainers.
6. to providing students with direct supervision and guidance in order to facilitate the application of theory into the clinical practice of Athletic Training.
7. to fostering and encouraging the development of professional relationships and leadership skills necessary for the practice of Athletic Training.
8. to providing an environment for the development of each student's potential both professionally and personally.
9. to achieve student success on the Board of Certification examination and job placements that exceeds national normative data.

Athletic Training Program Potential Additional Costs:

The Athletic Training Program will require some additional costs above the standard tuition, fees and books. These costs may include but are not limited to:

1. Professional Memberships
Students will be conditionally accepted into the Professional Phase at the conclusion of the application process. All students MUST become NATA student members by May 1 of their application year to be fully accepted into the Professional Phase of the Program. Students must also maintain this membership during their progress through the Athletic Training Program. Cost will depend on NATA membership fees. Please see for membership applications.

2. Travel
Students can expect to be given a clinical assignment that will require them to travel to an off-campus affiliated clinical to obtain their clinical education under the direct supervision of an Athletic Trainer. All fees associated with this travel (ie, gas, food, etc) are the responsibility of the student. Students can expect to be given an off-campus for a total of 1-2 semesters. All attempts will be made so that students are not given off-campus clinical assignments on consecutive semesters during  Residency in Athletic Training I and II courses.

3. Professional Polo Shirts
Students will be given one polo shirt when entering the professional phase. All additional professional clothing purchases are the responsibility of the student.

4. Professional Equipment (Optional)
Students may choose to acquire a side kit for on-field needs. If the student chooses to purchase a side-kit, the student is responsible for the costs to supply equipment (ie, scissors, airways, resuscitation masks, etc). Supplies (ie, gauze pads, ace wraps, band aids, etc) will be provided by the assigned clinical site.

5. Professional Conferences
Attending professional conferences is highly encouraged by the Athletic Training Program. A partial reimbursement program has been established through the Athletic Training Club. The student must be an active member of the club in order to receive any reimbursements for going to professional conferences. The left over balance for the conference is the responsibility of the student.

6. Background Checks and Fingerprinting. Several off-campus site (e.g., high schools) require criminal background and/or fingerprinting in order to complete the clinical experience at the affiliated site. Students are responsible for these costs.

7.  ATrack Subscription.  Students accepted into the Athletic Training program must subscribe to the ATrack software.  Directions will be provided to those students accepted into the Athletic Training Program.

8.  Clinical Sites:  Some clinical sites for Fellowship in Athletic Training I and II may require the student travel a significant distance.  All living expenses (ie, housing, food, transportation costs, etc.) will be the responsibility of the student.  The program administrators will assist with administrative arrangments, but not financially.