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MS in AT Program Application

The application for students interested in starting Summer 2023 is scheduled to open on June 30, 2022.

Detailed submission instructions for application requirements and necessary documentation are outlined on the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) and in the the MS in AT Student Handbook. Students will need to submit all materials online through the ATCAS application. Please click on the ATCAS logo above or click here to access the application service. If you previously started an ATCAS application, you may access instructions on how to re-apply in the current cycle by clicking here

Application will require the following:

  1. Completion of EKU’s MS in AT Application via ATCAS.
  2. Completion of or current enrollment in courses that meet the pre-requisite course requirements.
  3. Undergraduate cumulative GPA 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in pre-requisite courses.

  4. 50 Hours of documented clinical observation/experience under an AT obtained within 2 years prior to program application. Hours must have been obtained under an AT. Hours under the supervision of a physical therapist DO NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as an AT and the hours were obtained in a traditional athletic training facility or field setting, not in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Verification is submitted on EKU’s MS in AT Directed Observation Verification Form (found below).

Applications will be reviewed after the initial deadline of November 1st prior to the enrollment summer and on a rolling schedule after if the cohort is not full. The application cycle will close on April 30th of the year the applicants would start the program. The complete ATCAS applications will be evaluated and reviewed in the order in which they are submitted. After review of the application, students being considered for acceptance will be contacted for either an on-campus or virtual interview with some of the AT faculty and/or program representatives. After interviews have been conducted, selected applicants will be notified of the final decision in writing. The number of students enrolled in the program depends on the number of current available clinical sites and may vary from year-to-year. 

Applications will be accepted until the cohort is full. Remaining applicants that meet the requirements will then be placed on a wait list. If a student accepted into the program declines the offer of acceptance or withdraws prior to the start of the academic program, students on the wait list will be sent letters of acceptance based on the order placed on the wait list. Students receiving a letter of acceptance will be able to place themselves on the wait list voluntarily but will be placed at the bottom.  Students offered acceptance but wishing to be on the wait list may only accept a position at a later time if the cohort is not full.

The number of available clinical sites and preceptors largely determines cohort size. This factors in the number of students currently matriculating through the program, the number of available sites, and considers the number of students that each preceptor can work with based on the setting, experience, staffing, etc. Therefore, this number varies annually but will be determined prior to the acceptance of students following the application process.

If a student is accepted and he/she chooses to enroll, he/she will be required to complete several post-acceptance requirements during the first summer in the program to prepare them for the clinical experiences and program compliance (see Post-Acceptance Requirements).


Applicants that will be graduating from EKU with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science: Pre-Athletic Training/Pre-Physical Therapy concentration, may reserve a clinical placement and a spot in the next cohort prior to the start of the next application deadline if they meet the following criteria:

  • applicant will graduate prior to the start of the next cohort
  • applicant submits the EKU Letter of Intent Form and a copy of an unofficial transcript in person or via email to the Program Director, Dr. Matthew Sabin
  • applicant currently has an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and a minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.3

The EKU Letter of Intent and unofficial transcript may be submitted after the final grades for the Spring semester prior to the posted application cycle start date. This process will not replace the application process but it will secure placement in the upcoming cohort until the initial review date prior to the applicant's starting year. Students with submitted Letters of Intent that have not completed the application process at this point, will be removed from the cohort and their placement will be open to other applicants.

If you have any additional questions about the MS in AT Program feel free to contact
Dr. Matthew Sabin, PhD, LAT, ATC  (Director, Athletic Training Program) or call 859-622-8149.

EKU's Directed Observation Verification Form1.06 MB
EKU Graduate Letter of Intent to Apply1.06 MB
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