Chatham University

Master of Science in Athletic Training


Athletic trainers (AT) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to optimize the activity and participation of athletes. The profession encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions in athletes. Click here to see how our program outcomes line up with the demands of the profession.

Because by the year 2022, the athletic training profession will require a Master's degree for entry-level positions, Chatham has created two tracks for individuals interested in pursuing the MSAT:

  1. a traditional Master's program, open to students possessing a bachelor's degree
  2. an accelerated 3+2 program, in which students can earn an accelerated bachelor's degree in exercise science and the MSAT in five years


School of Health Sciences

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training is part of Chatham's prestigious School of Health Sciences (SHS). The SHS is well-known for an emphasis on engaged student learning, fostering opportunities for interprofessional training, ethical and culturally competent practice, and encouraging student-led initiatives.

Chatham is pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and once this is achieved, graduates will be eligible for national certification by successfully completing the National Athletic Trainers' Association examination.


Local sports

Chatham offers 16 NCAA Division III sports, with most teams participating in the President's Athletic Conference (PAC):
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field

Plus, there's no doubt about it–Pittsburgh is a sports town.

Steelers Pirates Penguins Riverhounds passion


Educational impact

"Chatham's Athletic Training Program is an integrated mix of didactic, hands on lab and simulation experiences and clinical education. Like all of our School of Health Sciences' programs, Athletic Training emphasizes excellence in both clinical skills and professionalism."

Pat Downey, PT, PhD, DPT, professor and dean for the School of Health Sciences

  • Athletic Training brochure

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