The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (HNES) offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Advanced Athletic Training. The Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training is a post-professional degree consisting of 40 credits. The mission of post-professional graduate athletic training education is to expand the depth and breadth of applied and experiential knowledge and skills of the entry-level athletic trainer, to expand the athletic training body of knowledge, and to disseminate new knowledge in the discipline. At NDSU, the M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training program prepares the student with the increased depth and breadth in the following areas: Diagnostic Ultrasound, Therapeutic Modalities, Orthopedic Appliances, Emergency Care Techniques, Kinesio Tape® and Manual Therapies. The combination of research and clinical practice is emphasized in preparing the post-professional student for future employment. Admission requirements include a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, acceptance into the NDSU Graduate School (www.ndsu.edu/gradschool), BOC AT certification or eligibility for the BOC exam and degree from a CAATE accredited professional (entry-level) graduate or undergraduate athletic training program, and Skype or interview with Athletic Training Faculty. The M.S. application process is a very competitive process. The Application Committee reviews the application and determines if a student is granted an interview. The committee will set up a time with the student to complete the interview process. Criteria that are evaluated include: overall GPA, certification status, quality of writing sample, quality of career goal statement, interview, and letters of reference. Exceptions to the requirements can be made upon recommendations from the Application Committee. Acceptance is not guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of the requirements. Once the Athletic Training Application Committee agrees to recommend the student for admission, the program director notifies the HNES Graduate Administrative Assistant, who notifies the NDSU Graduate School. Students are notified by the NDSU Graduate School of acceptance in the program. This letter should be received approximately two (2) weeks after the Graduate School receives notification. The Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training requires 40 semester credits (thesis option only).