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   ATTN: Athletic Training Majors

The Athletic Training Program will NOT be accepting new undergraduate students beginning Fall 2021

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) mandates that “CAATE accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training” with the requirement that institutions cannot enroll an undergraduate cohort after fall 2022.  With this being said, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program has made the difficult decision to not accept new undergraduate athletic training students.

The Athletic Training faculty are working diligently to create a rigorous academic program that will prepare students for graduate studies in athletic training as well as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Beginning in fall 2021, students are being encouraged to change their major to Exercise Science and meet with Clare Kost, HPS Department academic advisor and/or an athletic training faculty advisor to discuss their academic and career goals. Students will have access to the courses that CAATE has mandated as prerequisite courses for admittance to master’s level athletic training programs in addition to courses that will introduce them to the many facets of allied health care which will give students a solid foundation as they enter graduate school.  These pre-requisite courses are taken as part of the exercise science major, general studies requirements and electives as necessary.

Students who are currently enrolled in the clinical portion of the Athletic Training program (i.e., assigned to a clinical athletic training site and active in the Typhon clinical tracking system) are NOT affected by this change.  All current clinical athletic training students will have full support to complete their bachelor’s degree to be qualified to take the national Board of Certification examination.


Reimagining Health, Fitness, and the Business of Sport


With a degree in exercise science, athletic training, or sports management from MSU Denver, you will gain the skills and expertise needed to grow along with the industries. 

Our faculty members and instructors offer a blend of scientific and technical expertise. You’ll enjoy a hands-on experience, individual attention, and learning opportunities that provide you with the foundation for a fulfilling career in the sport industry. A degree from MSU Denver’s Department of Human Performance and Sport can get you just about anywhere in your desired industry. 

Whatever your passion is, our faculty can help you develop the skills necessary for a successful career. Our graduates have the knowledge and flexible skills for a successful career in whichever industry they choose to pursue.  


Exercise Science Degree

The Exercise Science major is designed for students interested in becoming an exercise professional, which includes studies in kinesiology, sports medicine, exercise physiology, sport science, human performance, or wellness. The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences


Exercise Science Career Opportunities:

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation    Physical medicine research    Public and private wellness programs
Worksite health promotion Strength and conditioning Personal training




Athletic Training Degree

CAATE LogoThe Athletic Training program is composed of a diverse group of students pursuing a rigorous degree that prepares them to be health-care professionals in the sports medicine community. The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the state's statutes, rules, and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.


Athletic Training Career Opportunities:

Youth Sports ProgramsCollege and university athleticsSport medicine clinics
Health clubs Professional and Olympic sports organizations Athletic training education
  Corporate wellness and industrial health care programs  




Sport Management Degree

The Sport Management major is dynamic, applied, and career-focused education. The major also emphasizes the unique business skills and knowledge required for success in the sports industry. Located in one of the best sport cities in the nation, the Sport Management major has close relationships with the Denver Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids, USOC, NCAA, and many more professional and amateur sport organizations. The COSMA-accredited curriculum develops graduates who are prepared to enter this competitive field. 


Sport Management Career Opportunities:

Game and event operations  Facilities management  Ticketing and sales
Sports marketing/promotions Sport communication Sport law
  Player relations  





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