In May 2015, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level. Baccalaureate programs will not be allowed to admit, enroll, or matriculate students after the fall 2022. In light of this decision, CMU is committed to remaining a leader in athletic training education and is transitioning its current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program to an entry level Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Central Methodist University has been approved by its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, to offer a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT). The program will have two points of entry: For incoming freshmen, the MSAT offers an accelerated 3+2 program to allow a Bachelor’s of science in exercise science and a MSAT in five years. Another option is for students who have a bachelor’s degree of any kind, obtaining their MSAT in two years.

Effective fall 2017, the university will no longer be accepting freshman cohorts for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program. The program is admitting students for the 3+2 accelerated program and the 2 year MSAT. Please visit the MSAT pages for complete details and application process.

For questions and details, please contact Wade Welton, Athletic Training Program Director, at 660-248-6217 or by email at

Athletic Training

If you feel passionate about athletics, and have an interest in physical recovery and rehabilitation, CMU’s Athletic Training major will take you where you want to go. Through this major, you will make a positive difference in the lives of those you treat as you prepare for a fulfilling and in-demand career.


This program is offered at the following locations:

Residential Campus

About This Program

Central Methodist University’s academic programs are constantly evolving in an effort to match employers’ expectations. Currently in the process of transitioning to a master’s-only degree, the Athletic Training program at CMU prepares students for vast success in their professional careers – delivering the extensive training and expertise top employers seek.

The Athletic Training major specializes in the field of sports medicine and will prepare you to become a health care professional. You will focus on many different areas including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions. These conditions can involve impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

As a CMU Athletic Training major, you will have opportunities to:

  • become a link between athletic programs and the medical community
  • enhance your skills while taking classes such as Human Anatomy, Care and Prevention of Athletic injuries, First Aid and CPR Lab, Rehabilitation Techniques, and Physiology of Exercise
  • take part in hands-on learning during projects, labs, athletic events, clinicals, and internship opportunities
  • receive the preparation needed to take the next step into graduate school
  • build a skill set that prepares you for a career in high school, college and professional athletics, health care facilities, the military, and more

Admission Requirements

Admission to CMU is selective. Our admission staff carefully reviews and evaluates each application on an individual basis. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

CMU Admission Requirements