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Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training

Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

The San Joaquin Valley provides students a unique and diverse patient population combined with a rich cultural history, making it the ideal location for students to gain real-world clinical experiences at sites within NCAA Division I, Division II, secondary schools and medical clinics. A degree in this field can be completed within two years with 60 units that provide a rich balance between theoretical and practical application. 

Students of Fresno State’s MSAT Program benefit from lower cost of living in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as the low tuition and fee structure of the CSU - making it one of the more affordable educational athletic training programs in the state. Graduates of the program will join a close-knit network of alumni working successfully within settings such as professional and collegiate sports, industrial/corporate settings, secondary schools, military, physical therapy clinics, and medical offices.

The mission of the Fresno State MSAT Program is to provide a student-centered learning environment where students flourish academically and clinically. We will produce culturally competent, evidence-based Athletic Trainers who are prepared to enter a variety of clinical settings. Our alumni will be leaders in the profession who advocate for Athletic Training in their communities throughout their careers. Values of the program include: communication, courtesy and respect, diversity, integrity and accountability, and professionalism. View our goals and continuous improvement process.

About our program

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. (learn more at

A Master's degree from a CAATE-accredited program is required to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

The Fresno State Master of Science in Athletic Training is a professional-level athletic training program intended for students that have completed a prior Bachelor's Degree but are not yet eligible to take the Board of Certification Examination.

Applicants may find it helpful to complete a degree in a related field (e.g., General Kinesiology, Exercise Science); however, it is not required as long as the prerequisites (listed below) are met. 

Please see the Admissions page for full prerequisite information. View our complete course work at the link.

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The application period opens September 1. Application deadlines include:

Nov. 1 - Priority Application Deadline. Only 2 prerequisites may be remaining in progress.

Feb. 1 - Preferred Application Deadline.

April 1 - Final Application Deadline.

How long is the MSAT program? The program is four semesters. The first fall semester begins the beginning of July each year. Students complete four semesters over two years to graduate in May. The summer between the first year and the second year is left open so students are available to complete internships, etc. should they choose to do so.

 For Fresno State students, we recommend Kinesiology - Exercise Science as an undergraduate degree.  However, as long as you have met all prerequisites, your Bachelor’s degree can be in any field.

Students begin the degree program in the fall semester of each academic year and cannot begin in the spring semester.

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Standard graduate tuition and university fees (7+ units), current information can be found here:

MSAT Student Fees are approximately $1,550 across the two year program, including:

ATrack lifetime membership fee: $90
Clothing: minimum $200, varies depending on what students choose to purchase
Equipment: $50
Books: approx $1000, varies based on ebook vs. hard copy textbook
NATA membership: $105 (annually)
Immunizations: varies based on health insurance, most are provided by the Student Health Center at no cost
Students are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from their clinical site

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Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC
Program Director, Professor, Special Assistant to the Dean
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Brittany Clason, EdD, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator and Lecturer
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California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) will be seeking accreditation for our new Master's in Athletic Training (MSAT) program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2021, with a projected accreditation date in spring 2022, with our first graduating class. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

The accreditation process requires each institution to start the program and offer the courses once prior to having an official site visit. Upon completion of the successful site visit, all students who have been in the program during those two years will graduate from the accredited program and will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. Examination.

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training will be offered beginning Fall 2020. The Program will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester in October 2020. For more information please email us at


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