UW–Madison’s Athletic Training program is transitioning to the master’s degree level due to changing national accreditation standards and an anticipated growth in demand for athletic trainers in the coming years.
The new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program — which was approved by the UW System’s Board of Regents in April — is now accepting applications and will enroll its first cohort in the summer of 2021.
Athletic trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians as part of a health care team to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers provide this health care in a variety of settings for people involved in all levels of physical activity.
“If you enjoy sports and physical activity, solving problems, caring for patients, and working with people then a career in athletic training might be for you,” says UW–Madison’s Andrew Winterstein, who directs the university’s Athletic Training program, which is housed in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Athletic trainers do everything from creating injury prevention programs at high schools, to providing health care to intercollegiate or professional sports teams. Others help workers safely perform on a factory assembly line, or treat patients of all ages and skill levels in a clinical rehabilitation setting.
“Athletic trainers are the health care professionals who use their skills where no two days or job