Mission Statement

The Michigan State University Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Performance Team is committed to delivering the highest quality health care to all of its student athletes. We will continue to strive to provide a first-rate quality clinical education to our Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Students.

Key initiatives to assisting the accomplishment of the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Performance Mission include:

  1. Continual education of Athletic Training Staff and Clinical Preceptors in order to utilize the current knowledge, research, and resources in the management of athletic injuries.
  2. Endeavor to pursue state of the art and quality Athletic Training facilities.
  3. Command within the resources of the Department of Athletics adequate injury care.
  4. Insist upon timely and efficient delivery of the needed services in athletic injury care.
  5. Educate our Athletic Department Coaches and Staff about medical limitations of our injured student athletes.
  6. Mandate well educated Athletic Training Students by providing quality and variable education opportunities and an evidence based educational environment.
  7. Resolutely maintain a drug free experience for student athletes through education and testing.
  8. Steadfastly work on the traditional and innovative approaches to fund raising for programmatic needs.

Michigan State University's Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Transition to the Master's Degree of Athletic Trainiing Program

National governing bodies (i.e., CAATE: www.caate.net) in the field of Athletic Training have established that future athletic trainers will be required to have a Master's of Athletic Training to enter the profession. Therefore, all Bachelors Degree of Athletic Training must transition to Masters' level programs by 2022. This transition is being made in response to changes within the athletic training profession and in order to maintain a higher-quality educational experience for athletic training students. Michigan State University is pleased to immediately move forward with this transition to ensure the best professional preparation of our students. The final class of Bachelor's Degree candidates will begin as freshmen in the Fall Semester of 2017. If you are applying to Michigan State University for the Fall Semester of 2018, the option available will be pursuing the Bachelor's of Science Degree in Kinesiology which will best prepare you to be a competitive applicant to the Master's Degree Program in Athletic Training. More informatin in regards to this process will be upcoming. If you have any questions regarding this transition, please contact the Athletic Training Program Director, Dr. Tracey Covassin at covassin@msu.edu.


The Profession of Athletic Training

Athletic training is a major specialty in the field of sports medicine where active daily involvement with athletes, physicians, and coaches affect the health care and well-being of the competitive and recreational athlete. Through a combination of medical specialists and the active commitment of the athletic trainer, the sports medicine and performance team at Michigan State University covers a broad entity of healthcare. At MSU, the athletic training student is offered a wide interdisciplinary base of educational and professional development capable of preparing him or her for future job opportunities in the collegiate, professional, clinical, high school, industrial setting, or non-traditional settings.

Michigan State's undergraduate educational curriculum program involves an aggressive hands-on experiential learning structure blended with an academically enriched curricula. The Michigan State University athletic training student is exposed to current state-of-the-art philosophies, equipment, and research in athletic training. The coeducational athletic training program encourages both the undergraduate and graduate level athletic training student to experience a broad range of medical and intercollegiate opportunities through a greater awareness into the field of sports medicine.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE) in 2006 initiated the requirement that an Athletic Training major involved in undergraduate educational institution must be identified on a student's transcript in order for an undergraduate's athletic training educational program to become and remain accredited. Initial CAAHEP accreditation was secured at Michigan State University in 2004. However, it was initially designated as a specialization under Michigan State University's Department of Kinesiology's major. Therefore, in the spring, 2007, Dr. Tracey Covassin, program director of undergraduate athletic training education, completed all the necessary evaluations, requests, forms, and curriculum committee's approvals to establish the Michigan State University athletic training student with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

As a result of a comprehensive evaluation in 2018, including a self-study and on-site visit, CAATE voted to award Continuing Accreditation to the Athletic Training Program at Michigan State University. As a result, Michigan State University's Athletic Training Program's next comprehensive CAATE review is scheduled to occur during the 2028-2029 academic year. Michigan State University is a CAATE Accredited Athletic Training Program. For more information, please visit The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).

Michigan State University Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Training Program Student Pass Rates.

Student BOC Pass Rate

  2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 22 24 21 25 21 18 20 59
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 22 24 20 25 20 18 20 58
Number of students who passed examination on the first attempt. 21 23 19 25 17 16 17 50
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 95 96 95 100 85 89 85 86
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 22 24 20 25 19 18 18 55
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100 100 95 100 90 95

Student Graduation and Employment Rate

Student Graduation Rate

  2011 2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 22 24 21 25 21 18 20 59
Student Graduation Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

Student Employment Rate

  2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 year aggregate

Number of students employed as AT

22 19 15 25 14 13 13 42
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 100 79 71 100 67 76 68 74
Number of students employed as other 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 4
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 0 4 1 0 5 0 11 7
Number of students not employed 0 4* 5* 0 4* 4* 4* 11*
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 0 17* 5* 0 19* 24* 21* 19*

* These students are in either a Graduate Program (i.e., Medical School, PA, DPT) or military.

Program Retention Rate (All Programs longer than 1 year)

3 year aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number)
Number of Students returning for subsequent year 2
Program retention rate (%)

Athletic training students will complete the two year athletic training curriculum major program while working with numerous athletic teams at MSU, gaining knowledge through a variety of situations, settings, and exposures. Athletic training students will be required to gather clinical experiences in either an on-campus facilities, off campus high school settings, and various non-sport general medical population, clinical opportunities. During the undergraduate athletic training student's second year in the program, he or she will be placed in the role of increased clinical opportunities as an athletic training student of an MSU intercollegiate team directly supervised in a decision making model with a Preceptor. The athletic training student will assist in decision making opportunities, physician consultations, injury evaluation discussions, and communication situations with intercollegiate coaches, athletes, team physicians, and athletic training supervisors.

The aggressive graduate assistant athletic trainer will be expected to commit two years to the athletic training program while being challenged academically and professionally in the field of athletic training. Educational and research oriented opportunities incorporate experiences from the Department of Kinesiology, Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine, and various sports medicine clinical rotation services. Sport coverage and teaching assignments are delegated to all graduate assistants during their two-year tenure. Experiences in the Department of Kinesiology instructional settings are available in yearly appointments.

In order for our program to succeed, students who accept the challenge from themselves and others will find the benefits of this program unparalleled. Michigan State University's educationally and clinically experienced athletic training alumni offer a strong supportive family atmosphere for employment, mentoring, and research development. "Critical thinking" is a term the student will begin to hear and understand throughout his or her athletic training career at MSU. Dedication and motivation are two key components that will play an integral part in the success of the student athletic trainer's personal career. By maintaining an overall pride and positive attitude towards MSU athletic training, success and future growth is attainable.

History of MSU Athletic Training

Michigan State University's Athletic Training program has been supervised and directed by four head athletic trainers throughout the past eighty years. The head athletic trainers are Jack Heppinstall, who worked from 1914 until 1959, Gayle Robinson, who was the head athletic trainer from 1959 to 1973, Clint Thompson from 1973 until 1985, and Jeff Monroe from 1985 through the present. Gayle Robinson continued his work in the athletic training room at Michigan State as a full time staff athletic trainer from 1973 until 1982. Read More...


Undergraduate/Graduate Athletic Training Program
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824