Athletic Training M.S. How to apply

Start June 2020 | Credits 57 | Cost/credit $700 | Program length 2 Years (6 semesters) | Format In-person

Applicants for Northwestern College's AT program must complete the following steps to be eligible for admission:

Step 1

Review prerequisites 
Applicants must meet the prerequisites to be eligible for the AT program. For a complete list, including courses, review the prerequisite page.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or internationally recognized equivalent
  • Overall and science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a C or better in each course
    • These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution
    • Six of the nine required courses must be completed by the time of application
  • Minimum of 50 hours of athletic training exploration with a certified athletic trainer
    • 30 hours need to be met at the time of application and a submitted plan of completion for the remaining hours
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from the athletic trainer who oversaw the majority of exploration hours and one from a professor in a major or science course.)
  • Meet the  AT Program Technical Standards
  • If an international applicant, submit a Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) score
    (Read more detailed information for  international students.)

Step 2

Apply - Application open 
Complete the   ATCAS online application here 
All application materials are due April 15, 2020.

Applications will be evaluated by the AT Program Admissions Committee by assessing each applicant's:

  • Academic record (overall and science GPAs)
  • Personal narrative
  • Supplemental application responses (Northwestern College’s questions)
  • Professional recommendations
  • Athletic training observational experiences

Submit application fee  
Following submission of the ATCAS application and program specific questions on ATCAS, applicants need to pay the application fee of $40 to Northwestern College. If you would like to submit the ATCAS fee waiver documentation or have any questions.

Click here to pay the fee  or  contact the AT program’s enrollment counselor with any questions. 

All application materials must be submitted by the program’s April 1, 2020 application deadline.

The NWC Master of Science in Athletic Training program operates on a rolling admission process. 
The MSAT program may fill the cohort of 15-20 students. It is recommended to submit application materials early in order to ensure your application is processed and considered in a timely manner. The program will interview and admit students until the cohort is full. Students may be placed on the wait list based on the number of applications and the strength of the student’s application. Students on the waitlist will be contacted no later than February 15 on his/her status. Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes an on-campus interview. If an on-campus interview is not possible a virtual interview will be completed.

Step 3

Personal interviews will be conducted following the review of an applicant’s application material. Onsite interviews are preferred; however, if not possible a virtual interview via Zoom will be conducted.

Step 4

Post-acceptance requirements  
Interviewees will be notified of admissions decisions within four weeks of the interview. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to reserve their seat within ten days of this communication through a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit . Details regarding this payment will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Initial acceptance to the program is conditional on successful completion of the following post-acceptance requirements, which must be completed by May 1 of the year of enrollment:

  • Technical Standard Attestation Form
  • CastleBranch Background Check, Drug Screen & Immunization and Health Information documentation
  • Complete OSHA Training and HIPAA Training through CastleBranch
  • Health insurance documentation
  • Official transcripts submitted to Northwestern College for all undergraduate coursework
  • Applicant acceptance documentation

Northwestern College expects to know the results of our Substantive Change to a MSAT program from CAATE by February, 2020

Step 5

Begin orientation  
A mandatory, in-person orientation will be held on May 28-29, 2020 for the first cohort of enrolled students.. 

Guaranteed application process for Northwestern College graduates

Admission to the NWC MSAT program is competitive, and the Northwestern College MSAT program plans to accept approximately 15 students per year. Any Northwestern College graduate who completes all application materials and meets all admissions criteria will be granted a guaranteed spot in the Northwestern College’s MSAT Program.

International students

Northwestern College welcomes applications from international students. In addition to the specific admissions criteria for the program of interest, students whose native language is not English must demonstrate language proficiency using an English proficiency test. Northwestern will accept scores from the TOEFL and IELTS. TOEIC scores may be considered. A minimum TOEFL score of 79, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, is required for admission. Students applying to programs that require specialized licensure as an admissions requirement will require proof of comparable licensure in their country of origin. Some programs with specialized licensure requirements may not be open to international students. Read more detailed information for international students

NWC Supplemental Fee

All applicants to the Northwestern College AT program must submit either the $40 application fee, or documentation of eligibility for an ATCAS fee waiver.  The application fee is non-refundable and is required before the program will consider an application. If you would like to submit the ATCAS fee waiver documentation or have any questions,  contact the AT program’s enrollment counselor


CAATE Accreditation

Northwestern College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE) for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.