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Athletic Training MSAT

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On and off the field, athletic trainers are dedicated to the well-being of athletes in their care. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic Trainers work with individuals of all ages and fitness abilities. They are often first on the scene when an injury occurs to offer diagnosis and first aid.

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91%Graduation Rate
20Different Clinical Experience Options

What Will I Learn?

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from a CAATE-accredited athletic training program.

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. You will do 5 semesters of clinical rotations.

Research Opportunities

With three core faculty and collaborations available throughout campus, USM offers a diverse array of research opportunities. The three core faculty in athletic training are currently working on projects in Injury Prevention, Burnout in ATs and other healthcare professions, and Concussions and Issues of Sport Culture.
The ability for graduate students to perform research helps provide a deeper understanding of how clinical care is impacted through evidence-based practice. It also gives students the opportunity to contribute to the field of athletic training by answering a question they find particularly interesting.


There are several scholarship opportunities available for athletic training students through the USM Foundation and Athletic Foundation. In addition to scholarships offered through the University, being a member of our national organization allows opportunity for scholarships from MATA, SEATA, and NATA.

Unique Program Requirements

Each student will take part in a full semester clinical immersion during their 2nd fall semester. The athletic training student will work side-by-side with a certified preceptor for 15+ weeks at a site that matches their future job goals. This will allow students to get a better understanding of the day-to-day workings of a job setting that they hope to pursue.

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences

Each student has the opportunity to practice clinical skills under the direction of our certified preceptors who are committed to teaching and learning while also serving as professional development role models. During the MSAT program, students will experience various settings (high school, Division I and/or NAIA college, junior college, clinic, etc...) and sports. Students will also complete a 15+ week immersive experience to further understand the demands of being a full-time athletic trainer.

All students will be required to have a clinical experience at a minimum of 1 high school and may have additional off-campus experiences as requested or as called for based on program needs. All off campus clinical experiences are within 25 miles of the USM campus and will require a reliable form of transportation, provided by the student.

Additional clinical experiences will be provided during the students’ 2nd summer semester. During this time, students will have the opportunity to work alongside physicians and physical therapist in several different settings and learn to interact with other healthcare professionals.

Specific Admission Requirements

All students’ applications must be submitted electronically. Students will need to apply through both ATCAS ( and the USM Graduate School website. ( On each site, you will be required to upload a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, three writing prompts, minimum of 100 clinical observation hours, a signed technical standards form, and contact information for three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. A minimum GPA of 2.8 across all college coursework and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all prerequisite coursework is required. Prerequisite coursework can be found on the USM Athletic Training MSAT bulletin page ( Following successful scoring of your application, you may be asked to do an interview with faculty and staff from the Athletic Training Program Admission Committee. Interviews will be done either in-person or via Zoom. Scores for both the application and interview will be combined and the athletic training admissions committee will decide on your admission status. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance will be made as applications are reviewed until the program is full. Applicants will either be accepted, waitlisted, or denied entry into the MSAT program. Priority deadline to guarantee review of applications is February 15th and the final deadline for applications is May 15th. All students must submit a completed application through the USM Graduate School website, as this is the only way to officially be accepted to the University. The start of the program is in the summer semester, which typically begins around the end of May or the beginning of June. All students must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning before starting the MSAT program.

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training 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 February 1, 2022. 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

Faculty Highlight: Jeffrey Parr, PhD, LAT, ATC, EP-C

Jeffrey Parr, a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida, serves as the program director for the athletic training program. He has seven years of clinical experience working in the collegiate setting. He is committed to providing the best possible experience, both in the classroom and clinical setting, for each of his students. He is also involved on the advisory board for the Sports Medicine program at Hattiesburg High School.


Professional Licensure Disclosure

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Upon graduating, passing the BOC exam, and having or obtaining an approved emergency cardiac care card, individuals can apply for certification through the BOC and become certified athletic trainers (ATC). Certified athletic trainers can then apply for licensure in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Contacts for state licensure or other state regulations can be found on the Board of Certification website.

For questions, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Parr, LAT, ATC at 601-266-6321 or at Jeffrey.ParrFREEMississippi

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  • Secondary Schools
  • Professional Sports
  • College/University
  • Performing Arts
  • Clinic and Hospital
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Kevin Mangum, 1981
    Assistant AT, New Orleans Saints
  • Trinity McClain, 2021
    George Washington Carver HS (via Children's Hospital of New Orleans)
  • Stephanie Smith, 2004
    Head AT, Jones College (via Hattiesburg Clinic)
  • Evan Dauterive, 2009
    Assistant AT/Head Football AT, UL-Monroe