The Master of Science in sports medicine at University of Western States is designed for health care providers seeking specialization and enhancement of their skills and knowledge to better work with athletes and active populations. Further, the education attained through this degree allows for opportunities in the sports industry and enhances a provider’s skills, knowledge, and marketability to active and athletic populations. The degree is designed for first-professional health care degree holders, or students working toward their first-professional health care degree to build upon existing knowledge of key sports medicine content areas, such as anatomy, physiology, assessment, rehabilitation, exercise sciences, and others. The skills gained in the program will also allow graduates to better integrate with sports medicine health care teams and providers. Individuals who may wish to further their education through this degree may include physicians (MDs, DOs), chiropractic physicians (DCs), physician’s assistants, nurse practioners, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and others that meet program admissions criteria.
Offered primarily online, this program also requires one extended weekend hands-on lab session at the UWS campus in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, students will complete four credits of practicum with an appropriate licensed and/or credentialed supervisor in their geographic area.
Please note, that the MS in sports medicine program does NOT grant professional licensure or professional certification at a state, provincial or national level. Students and graduates of the sports medicine program are advised to contact their local, state, provincial, or national governing entity to determine what skills and scope-of-practice requirements are legal under the student or provider’s scope of practice.
This program is only accepting concurrent UWS chiropractic students for winter 2023 and spring 2023 terms. An updated curriculum will be launched for all health care professionals holding a first professional degree in winter 2024.