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Program Overview

The School of Health and Human Performance offers a CAATE accredited master of science degree in athletic training.

The athletic training master’s degree is offered through a 3 + 2 program that will award the student a bachelor of science (in sports science) degree and a master of science in Athletic Training when completed.  These students will meet all pre-admission requirements at NMU and apply to the master’s program during the fall semester of their third year. If accepted, the student will begin the master’s program in the summer between their third and fourth years.

Students wishing to transfer into this program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree either at NMU or at another institution may also apply for admission. 

Program Format

This program is offered in two formats:

  1. 3 + 2 Program - students complete an undergraduate degree in Sports Science and a Master's degree in Athletic Training.
  2. Stand-Alone Master's in Athletic Training - for students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree.

Applicants must apply through the ATCAS system and the NMU Graduate School. Admission is rolling from July 1 - February 1.  Applications will be considered after February 1 if space is available.


Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The 3 + 2 master of science (and undergraduate degree in sports science) degree in athletic training requires the completion of 150-160 credits (includes undergraduate general education requirements, undergraduate credits for sports science, and graduate credits for athletic training).  This program is specifically designed to prepare students to sit for the National Board of Certification exam in athletic training and entry into the profession of athletic training.   

While it is ideal for students to complete this program through the undergraduate program in sports science, transfer students may also be considered for admission, but may not be able to complete all requirements in 5 years. In addition, students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree at NMU or at another institution, may apply and be considered for admission into the master’s sequence provided they have completed the required pre-requisite courses.


If you are interested in pursuing a degree in athletic training at NMU, please contact:

Julie A. Rochester, Ed.D., AT
Director, Accredited Athletic Training Program
cell: 906-235-5713
main office: 906-227-2130

Mailing address:

School of Health and Human Performance
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, Mich. 49855

Fax: 906-227-2181

Program Costs

Students should expect the following costs (estimated & subject to change) while in the AT program:

  1. Annual TB Test: $10
  2. Annual Flu Shot: $25
  3. Immunization updates as needed (Hepatitis B, MMR, Pertussis, Varicella, Tetanus, Diphtheria) – cost will vary depending on need.
  4. Transportation – students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical placements.
  5. CPR/FirstAid updates:  recertification will be at no cost to the student, however, CPR/FirstAid cards and replacement cards are $3/$17 each, respectively.
  6. Athletic Training Clothing – Students are required to purchase at least one NMU Athletic Training polo shirt. The estimated cost is $35-$45.
  7. Students will be assessed a $25 lab fee for ATR 520, 521, and 550.  Students will be assessed a $50 lab fee for ATR 541, 542, 591A, 580, 560 and 591B. 
  8. Depending on the students internship site, students may incur additional costs (i.e. drug screen). 


*Student should work closely with their academic advisor(s) to ensure program progress.


For students in 3+2 Program (Sports Science Undergraduate & Athletic Training Masters)

Student Success Advisors:
Mrs. Kristen King,
Mrs. Sara Kilgas,
Ms. Tara Schafer,

Sports Science Advisors:
Dr. Lukus Klawitter -
Dr. Megan Nelson -
Dr. Isaac Wedig -
Dr. Lanae Joubert,

Athletic Training Advisors:
Dr. Julie Rochester -
Professor Chris Kirk -
Dr. Maggy Moore -


Career Information

To be employed anywhere in the United States as an Athletic Trainer, you must first be certified by the Board of Certification. Following national certification, depending on which state you live in, you may also need to apply for registration and licensure. Currently, interstate regulation of athletic trainers varies.

Where do athletic trainers work?

High Schools

Athletic trainers work in many high schools across the United States. They can be hired directly by the high school, but many are contracted out from nearby sports medicine clinics and hospitals. Additionally, some athletic trainers working in high school settings become certified to teach to augment their career.


Athletic trainers are hired in nearly 100 percent of the colleges and universities across the United States. Job responsibilities vary depending on the individual institution. Some jobs include single-team coverage, while others require teaching physical education, health or athletic training courses in addition to sports team coverage.

Industrial Setting

The newest job setting for athletic trainers is in the industrial setting. Recently, major corporations like GM and Ford Motor Company have begun hiring athletic trainers in these settings to develop rehabilitation/injury prevention programs for ”industrial athletes.”

Sports Medicine Clinics/Hospital Rehabilitation Centers

Athletic trainers, in these settings, may work totally in the clinic/hospital or may be contracted out, some percent of their time, to a local high school, club athletic team or a college/university.

Professional Setting

Athletic trainers work with professional athletic teams, including football, tennis, basketball, hockey, baseball and a variety of other sports.

Refer to these links to learn more about the field of Athletic Training:

Students wishing to sit for the national certification exam in athletic training (BOC), MUST graduate from a CAATE accredited Athletic Training program.